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DIY Black Album Remix
March 3, 2004 2:29 PM   Subscribe

The Jay-Z Construction Set : Make your own Black Album remix.
posted by me3dia (19 comments total)

 
does it beat match for you?
posted by badstone at 2:47 PM on March 3, 2004


Wow, that's insane. Totally illegal, but totally de-centralized.
posted by mathowie at 2:50 PM on March 3, 2004


No idea -- I'm at work, so I haven't downloaded it.
Anyone wanna pull it off bit torrent and test it? (Perhaps you could post the results to music.mefi, Matt?)
posted by me3dia at 2:51 PM on March 3, 2004


The black album, that's by Metallica, right?
posted by blm at 2:53 PM on March 3, 2004


(er, that would be music.mefi.)
posted by me3dia at 2:55 PM on March 3, 2004


No, the black album is by Spinal Tap. Now if only they'd put a construction set online.
posted by Zonker at 2:55 PM on March 3, 2004


The black album, that's by Metallica, right?

Yeah, it's the one where they started to suck.
posted by Cyrano at 4:27 PM on March 3, 2004


The .zip file for the torrent doesn't up on a mac. I found the torrent and at this pace I'll have the whole thing in 3 days. Too bad the internet cafe I'm at closes in 3 hours.
posted by birdherder at 4:40 PM on March 3, 2004


The genie is out of the bottle.
posted by rocketman at 4:56 PM on March 3, 2004


has anyone heard "the grey album" by DJ Danger Mouse? it sucks. sounds like he dropped the beatles white album right on top of jay-z's black album. it's supposed to be a big deal but i didn't think it was good at all.
posted by suprfli at 5:08 PM on March 3, 2004


Suprfli I hope to god that was sarcasm.
posted by Be'lal at 5:36 PM on March 3, 2004


What does "doesn't up on a mac" mean?
posted by sudama at 6:28 PM on March 3, 2004


suprfli, I love The Grey Album. I've been playing it over and over again. It's better than The Black Album. The White Album, of course, is a classic. Dangermouse is an impressive dj-- check out his work on Jemini's "Ghetto Pop Life" album.

99 Problems, December 4th, and Change Clothes are all better on The Grey Album than on The Black Album. Your negative reaction may be caused by the fact that you heard The Black Album before you heard The Grey Album. I heard The Grey Album first, and then hunted down The Black Album, which I found inferior.
posted by peeping_Thomist at 8:51 PM on March 3, 2004


Being a fan and creator of sample based music myself, I really don't get the appeal of the Grey album, and I've tried to get into it over the last couple of weeks. "99 problems" is a standout track, but I think Jay-Z's lyrics are just crap.
That's just my opinion.
Opinions aside though, I would like for someone to explain what it is about the Grey Album that is "innovative" or "original".
There is nothing about the use or manipulation of samples or the juxtaposition of the source material that hasn't been done many times over.
posted by 2sheets at 9:58 PM on March 3, 2004


music mefi

god i love this site. is there any better website? or any better interesting community? alive or html? NO.
posted by Peter H at 10:00 PM on March 3, 2004


I hear that Jay-Z released a vocals only version of the Black Album specifically to give underground DJs the ability to do things like this.

Seriously, the part of this that I think is interesting is the inclusion of production tools. What a great idea.
posted by crunchburger at 4:27 AM on March 4, 2004


Opinions aside though, I would like for someone to explain what it is about the Grey Album that is "innovative" or "original".
There is nothing about the use or manipulation of samples or the juxtaposition of the source material that hasn't been done many times over.


It's not the idea of sample based music that's driving the popularity of "The Grey Album," you're right, that's old hat. It's the whole mess about the legality of doing it and. It's the discussion of illegal art that is so central to the distribution of creative material on the internet that's thrown Danger Mouse's manipulation into the spotlight.

"99 problems" is a standout track, but I think Jay-Z's lyrics are just crap.
That's just my opinion.


Mine too. I've said nearly those exact words to everyone in the last month who has asked me about it.
posted by eyeballkid at 9:29 AM on March 4, 2004


I'm an electronic musician...

Personally, to me, the Grey Album sucks hard... really hard.

It's too bad too, because I'm sure someone else could have done it a whole lot better... Why did DJ Danger Mouse have to be first...

But maybe that's why it is put together so badly. Most people aren't aware of the differences in Electronic music production and DJing. Two wholly different arts.
posted by LoopSouth at 11:04 AM on March 4, 2004


It's not the idea of sample based music that's driving the popularity of "The Grey Album," you're right, that's old hat. It's the whole mess about the legality of doing it and. It's the discussion of illegal art that is so central to the distribution of creative material on the internet that's thrown Danger Mouse's manipulation into the spotlight.

For many people that's probably true. For me, as soon as I heard about The Grey Album (almost two months before the EMI story broke), I was excited about it. For people of a certain age, The White Album has a special status. In my own case, it was one of the first albums I ever bought that was part of an artist's back catalogue. It was actually my introduction to The Beatles (besides what you hear on the radio). And I think Dangermouse did a great job with it.
posted by peeping_Thomist at 12:53 PM on March 5, 2004


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