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May 29, 2011 8:02 PM   Subscribe

"Sixteen Tons of Work" – MP3 by mastgrr; music video by HalfMastHat. Bringing new meaning to "old school" by combining originals: Tennessee Ernie Ford with Gang Starr.
posted by WCityMike (21 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
I have a sudden desire for Sixteen Tons dubstep.
I make no apologies.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 8:07 PM on May 29, 2011


That worked better than I'd expected - gave the original its due respect while moving it forward a half-century (but Tennessee Ernie never had the gangsta cred to make that last verse convincing).
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:14 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


That there is a great mashup. Thanks, WCityMike.
posted by koeselitz at 8:15 PM on May 29, 2011


The addition of Gang Starr made it less good.

Any other track by any other artist would have worked better. Gang Starr's beats are all too...cheerful or something.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:21 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


That was amazing... at first it was "Don't you dare mess with Tennessee Ernie!", but that was very, very, well done...

16 Tons is a classic... this didn't hurt it.
posted by tomswift at 8:22 PM on May 29, 2011


Here's Johnny Cash and Easy E.
posted by dobbs at 8:40 PM on May 29, 2011


I'm with Sys Rq here; Sixteen Tons is not a song that should have a cheerful upbeat instrumental backing. Ever.

That Cash/Easy E. mix dobbs linked up is quite good, though.
posted by ubernostrum at 8:56 PM on May 29, 2011


Nice! For a 70s Brazilian samba version, see the great Noriel Vilela.
posted by TheGoodBlood at 9:17 PM on May 29, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yeah...no.
posted by Pants McCracky at 9:28 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is a nice variation of my favorite hard times song. Thanks for posting this.
posted by mmmbacon at 9:50 PM on May 29, 2011


Yep, the Cash/Eazy is the clear winner here. Dang, that's hot.
posted by scrowdid at 10:14 PM on May 29, 2011


Sweet Home Country Grammar (Skynyrd vs. Nelly) by DJ Mei Lwun
posted by squalor at 10:32 PM on May 29, 2011


There seems to be a clear divide here. I like the OP's link, but I'm just not feeling the Cash/Eazy mash.
posted by fishmasta at 10:45 PM on May 29, 2011


Hell yeah, the beat came in and I got some headphones to bump it louder. DJ Premier is so classic, in a different way.

Also, seems like a good time to mention Gangstagrass again.
posted by yeahwhatever at 1:59 AM on May 30, 2011


Was anyone else utterly baffled due to never having distinguished Tennessee Ernie Ford and Tennessee Williams as different individuals? I was expecting some strange Sixteen Tons mashup with Streetcar somehow.
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:49 AM on May 30, 2011


Tennessee Ernie is so much more gangsta than any of these wannabes. Why, he could also teach them how to be truly nasty. Here's a more cleverly filthy song than the urbanistas can come up with: Catfish Boogie
"The bobber jumped when Mr. Whiskers hit,
My gal flipped and throwed a fit."
Flipping back to sacred music: Shenandoah
posted by planetkyoto at 7:20 AM on May 30, 2011


Thanks for posting this. I liked it.
posted by drezdn at 7:20 AM on May 30, 2011


Tennessee Ernie is so much more gangsta than any of these wannabes

Strangely enough, Gang Starr isn't gangsta at all. Quite the opposite. I never really understood the name.
posted by Hoopo at 9:09 AM on May 30, 2011


Strangely enough, Gang Starr isn't gangsta at all. Quite the opposite. I never really understood the name.

I hate to speak ill of the dead, but I always found Guru's singular obsession with the subjects of "Everyone is pretending to be gangsta but me" and "I am very good at rapping" to be hilarious bullshit. The guy always struck me as a bit of a Carlton--also the son of a judge--in poorly executed class drag.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:30 AM on May 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Agreed, basically he had great beats from Premier and a pretty cool voice. But for me a whole album of Guru was tiring. I also vaguely recall he was on some Saturday morning talk show for kids as a panelist when I was a little. Being sandwiched between The Snorks and Captain Planet never helped anyone's street cred.
posted by Hoopo at 12:47 PM on May 30, 2011


If we're droppin' hip-hop mash-ups, let me just leave these here.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:48 PM on May 30, 2011


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