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the notorious xx is a mashup project that pairs the music of Notorious B.I.G. with the debut album of The xx, xx. It was released on the web March 25, 2010 and at a San Francisco listening party.[1] Since its release, the album received one million downloads,[2] press from thousands of blogs and magazines, including New York Magazine[3] and LA Weekly,[4] and The Guardian called it "the best mashup album of 2010".[5]

the notorious xx
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Remix album by
ReleasedMarch 25, 2010
LabelSelf-released
ProducerCharlie Kubal

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Overall, the album was received very well. Fans voted several of the songs to the top of The Hype Machine's[6] popular chart, New York Magazine called it "really great stuff,"[3] Sputnik labeled it "a combination that is sublime,"[7] and The Guardian noted that it "works amazingly well...impressive.".[8] Members of The xx also mentioned enjoying the album in a number of interviews,[9] and it received attention from NPR, music critic Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker, and Marc Jacobs,[10] among others.

Additionally, there is a video for "juicy-r" that pairs footage from the original videos for Juicy and VCR.

Controversy and takedownEdit

On April 6, 2010 wait what received a takedown request from Warner Music Group.[2] After receiving advice from Girl Talk, Elizabeth Stark, the EFF, and Lawrence Lessig,[11] he complied and removed official download links from his site.

TracksEdit

No.TitleMusicVocalsLength
1."dead wrong intro"""Intro" (from xx, 2009)"Dead Wrong" (from Born Again, 1999)3:57
2."juicy-r""VCR" (from xx, 2009)"Juicy" (from Ready to Die, 1994)3:56
3."it's all about the crystalizabeths""Crystalised" (from xx, 2009)"It's All About the Benjamins" (from No Way Out, 1997)4:33
4."islands is the limit""Islands" (from xx, 2009)"Sky's the Limit" (from Life After Death, 1997)3:03
5."one more chance for a heart to skip a beat""Heart Skipped a Beat" (from xx, 2009)"One More Chance" (from Ready to Die, 1994)4:44
6."suicidal fantasy""Fantasy" (from xx, 2009)"Suicidal Thoughts" (from Ready to Die, 1994)2:50
7."everyday shelter""Shelter" (from xx, 2009)"Everyday Struggle" (from Ready to Die, 1994)3:32
8."basic hypnosis""Basic Space" (from xx, 2009)"Hypnotize" (from Life After Death, 1997)3:05
9."infinite victory""Infinity" (from xx, 2009)"Victory'" (from No Way Out, 1997)4:28
10."the curious incident of big poppa in the nighttime""Night Time" (from xx, 2009)"Big Poppa" (from Ready to Die, 1994)3:48
11."mo stars mo problems""Stars" (from xx, 2009)"Mo Money Mo Problems" (from Life After Death, 1997)4:17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kubal, Charlie. "Album Release Party: wait what - the notorious xx (biggie vs. the xx)". Facebook Event. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b Fernandes, Sanjay (Apr 16, 2010). "Interview: Part 1 with 90.7 FM SYN Melbourne, Australia - Beaten (4.16.10)". 90.7 SYN Australia. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b Zimmerman, Edith. "Hear, Download The Notorious xx, an Album-Length Mash-Up of Biggie and The xx". New York Magazine. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  4. ^ Turner, Gustavo. "Things We Like: Notorious B.I.G. + The XX: The Mash-up Has Landed!". LA Weekly. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  5. ^ Salmon, Chris (16 September 2010). "Shuffler.fm: the best since Spotify". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Hype Machine: wait what".
  7. ^ Greer, Nick. "wait what – the notorious xx". Sputnikmusic.
  8. ^ Salmon, Chris (8 April 2010). "Click to download: Notorious B.I.G. meets the xx". The Guardian. London.
  9. ^ "wait what - an introduction to real life". Soundcloud.
  10. ^ Jacobs, Marc. "Marc Jacobs Tweet".
  11. ^ "wait what site".