What is it about Jay-Z that allows him to blend in so seamlessly with just about everything? I’m not a huge fan of mashups, but I swear all the best mashup projects I’ve ever heard have involved Hov in some way, shape, or form. While pairings with your favorite bands (see: The Beatles, Linkin Park, Coldplay, Oasis, AC/DC, The Verve and Radiohead) have all been pleasant surprises in the past, none of those could possibly prepare you for this.
As one of gaming’s true masterpieces, Chrono Trigger was revered for its unique artwork, revolutionary gameplay, breathtaking story, and of course, its legendary soundtrack, which was composed by the talented duo of Yasunori Mitsuda and Nubuo Uematsu. As a self-professed hip-hop head and video game nerd, 2 Mello has collided the two drastically different worlds to craft one of the most bizarre mashups of all time with Chrono Jigga. It takes an entirely different level of creativity to envision a project such as this, and Mello is able to prove this is more than just a gimmick.
Instead of simply slapping a few bars over some catchy music, 2 Mello often re-imagines some of our favorite Jay-Z works, and breathes new life into them, as all great mashups should do. Take for example, “Ignorant Scene.” It’s not just about finding an upbeat tune to fit with Jay’s “Ignorant Shit.” Rather, Mello explores some of the intricacies hidden in Jay’s verses, and pairs it with the unconventional choice of “Wind Scene,” to allow us to see the classic in an entirely new light. The album is littered with great examples like this.
Take a quick peek at the sample we’ve gathered for you below, and make sure to download the entire project over HERE when you’re done.
An Encore In Time (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
Ignorant Scene (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
Public Chrono Announcement (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
Dirt In The Palace (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
What More Can I Sing (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)