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Collision Course

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Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You
Big Pimpin'/Papercut
Jigga What/Faint
Izzo/In The End
Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 21:19

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Sean Fennessey


Director of Merchandising, emusic.com

An unforgivable slush pile
2004 | Label: Warner Bros./Roc-A-Fella

Jay-Z has always flaunted suspicious taste in rock music, and for his first venture into a world beyond rap and R&B, predictably, he chose wrong. This six-song EP, which goofily mixes up some of his recent hits with the clattering, caterwauling songs of Linkin Park, is an unforgivable slush pile. Whether it's Mike Shinoda's dull rapping extracting the thrill from "Big Pimpin'" or Jay's ecstatic elegy "Encore" getting clumsily Photoshopped over the band's rigid… read more »

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If You like Jay-Z and/or Linkin Park, this is a must have.

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When mash-ups began to break into the scene, this album was crucial for genre-blending. It was good to see artists embrace the idea and run with it instead of us DJ's just doing them on the fly. They all went into the studio and re-recorded everything to seamlessly switch between Jay & LP. This is one of my favorite albums, it's quick, but very good.

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Mash-ups — two songs stuck together that were never meant to be stuck together — have their roots in the bedrooms and basements of computer-savvy music geeks who spend countless hours sticking Christina Aguilera’s vocals over the Strokes’ chugging backbeat or Missy Elliott’s raps over George Michael, Joy Division, the Cure, and about a thousand others. MP3s were the medium of choice, white-label 12″s a distant second. It seemed like it was time to put a fork in the pranky genre when collections like The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever and Soulwax’s As Heard on Radio Soulwax series exposed the mash-up to a wider audience, but then Danger Mouse came along. His headline-making Grey Album — Jay-Z’s Black Album vs. the Beatles’ White Album — inspired a ton of spirited imitations, and most likely the MTV-spawned, artists-involved Collision Course. The fact that the artists are involved with the project totally goes against the mash-up philosophy, but luckily Linkin Park — who are revealed through the DVD as the main architects of the EP — have that pop-loving prankster spirit and don’t let their high-profile, well-funded life ruin it. The liner notes talk of a “once-in-a-lifetime performance” and “music history,” but Collision Course is just plain old fun and all the better because of it. Jay-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” sits nicely on top of Linkin Park’s “Lying from You” on the CD’s studio version, but it’s the fist-pumping live version on the DVD that really justifies Collision Course’s existence. The Z-man — who’s “retired” from the rap game while being busier than ever — has had his excellent “99 Problems” rocked up before, so the version here with Linkin Park’s “Points of Authority” and “One Step Closer” isn’t so much the revelation the liner-note hyperbole makes it out to be, but it’s got an awesome beat and you can still dance to it. If the CD were released on its own, the collection wouldn’t be as exciting. Linkin Park’s genuine excitement about the project on the “behind the scenes” segment of the DVD is infectious, and watching the furious and fast teaming of “Jigga What/Faint” teeter on the edge of falling apart is gripping. Check the DVD first, and then throw the CD in the car for when you feel half-mack, half-punk. It’s doubtful mash-ups will survive corporate handling this well again, and to paraphrase a post-show Linkin Parker, Collision Course is awesomely fun. – David Jeffries

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