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August 9, 2010 8:06 AM   Subscribe


 
Oh, grand! Go for it, man! That would be really cool.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:09 AM on August 9, 2010


I support this idea!
posted by Mister_A at 8:11 AM on August 9, 2010


"What's up, Dre?"

"Saturn, motherfucker!"
posted by eriko at 8:14 AM on August 9, 2010 [7 favorites]


Mars is an asshole, he should totally get all O.G. on Mars.
posted by spicynuts at 8:15 AM on August 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


He should check out Isao Tomita's interpretation of The Planets.
posted by swift at 8:15 AM on August 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


I am eager to hear rap in alternating 5/4 - 6/8 time (or is it 9/8? Its been almost 20 years since I permormed it) with a version if Holst's Mars.
posted by chambers at 8:15 AM on August 9, 2010


I, for one, would pay to hear this.
posted by vibrotronica at 8:17 AM on August 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Awesome.

Mars is an asshole.

( insert Uranus joke here )
posted by joe lisboa at 8:19 AM on August 9, 2010


I would totally buy this myself.
posted by cross_impact at 8:21 AM on August 9, 2010


Yes. This is the direction music needs to go. I'm looking forward to DJ Shadow's Also sprach Zarathrustra and Dan the Automator's Appalachian Spring.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:23 AM on August 9, 2010 [6 favorites]


Oh, yes. I hope to hades that "Mars" will take him back to the minimal, angry-as-hell NWA days.
posted by griphus at 8:24 AM on August 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


All the time people talk like they got something to say, but nothing comes out when they move their lips cause Dre forgot about Pluto.
posted by parmanparman at 8:29 AM on August 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


I eagerly await Holst's Forgot About Gustav, featuring Edward Elgar as MC.
posted by Electric Dragon at 8:31 AM on August 9, 2010 [5 favorites]


As Geekosystem points out, this isn't the first time that hip-hop artists have turned to space for inspiration, such as the Beastie Boys "Intergalactic" and Ghostface Killah's "The Sun".

I was going through my music collection recently to make a space-themed mix, and I was surprised by how many hip hop artists randomly have tracks about space, more than most other genres. My guess is that it's partially because the turntable as an instrument tends to create "otherworldly" sounds more than guitars or other traditional instruments. Dre should take it a step further and bust out the theremin for his album.
posted by burnmp3s at 8:34 AM on August 9, 2010


He should check out Isao Tomita's interpretation of The Planets.

My dad had this when I was little. I used to love listening to it. Tomita is part responsible for a lifetime love of squelchy electronic sounds. I remember a photo of him on the back of the record sleeve. He was sitting in a kind of a well of solid state electronics.
posted by Babblesort at 8:38 AM on August 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


I humbly request he attempt Olivier Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps.
posted by spicynuts at 8:38 AM on August 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


This record is going to be fantastic. I can't wait.

Speaking of hip hop and space, here's an AskMe I posted last year where a number of Mefites made awesome suggestions of science-fiction-themed hip hop, most of which involved outer space in one way or another.

If you're linking to a post on Metafilter itself does it count as a self-link?
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 8:55 AM on August 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


You know you're ├╝berfamous when ideas you're considering are news.
posted by nosila at 8:57 AM on August 9, 2010 [5 favorites]


I got 99 planets but Pluto ain't one.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 8:59 AM on August 9, 2010 [7 favorites]


Oh, I really hope this happens now. The Planets is ace.
posted by Put the kettle on at 9:22 AM on August 9, 2010


Yo, burnmp3s, I was thinking about this recently and I figured it had something to do with the historical relationship between science fiction and the civil rights movement - about imagining a better future, empowering the individual in new ways, and discovering better worlds and new ways of living.

Kind of like the kung fu <> rap thing you see with wu-tang et al.
posted by doteatop at 9:22 AM on August 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Seriously, I love Holst's The Planets and I think it would be cool to see Dr. Dre take a theme like that on.
posted by Ironmouth at 9:22 AM on August 9, 2010




How did nobody run with the headline, "Dr. Dre 'Bout to Pop a Cap in Uranus?"
posted by uncleozzy at 9:34 AM on August 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Earth People, New York and California
Earth People, I was born on Jupiter
posted by FatherDagon at 10:00 AM on August 9, 2010


I think he should call the album "I Can Haz Planetz?"
posted by spicynuts at 10:08 AM on August 9, 2010


An answer to The Planets wouldn't be an interpretation of the Holst pieces.

Anyway, Kyle Gann plug.
posted by kenko at 10:40 AM on August 9, 2010


I hope he finds a rhyme for "jollity"
posted by Thomas Tallis is my Homeboy at 11:14 AM on August 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


My planetz be hard, They got no frivolity
posted by lukemeister at 11:31 AM on August 9, 2010


Goin' out to parliaments and all forms of polity
posted by lumensimus at 11:43 AM on August 9, 2010


I can't wait for pitchfork to call this the greatest thing in the history of hip hop and then a week later refer to it as a musical abortion.
posted by shmegegge at 11:47 AM on August 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


I figured it had something to do with the historical relationship between science fiction and the civil rights movement - about imagining a better future, empowering the individual in new ways, and discovering better worlds and new ways of living

I hadn't thought of that, I guess it makes sense to a certain extent but that doesn't really explain why hip hop artists specifically end up doing so much space-related stuff. I don't think sci fi in general is particularly popular with hip hop fans (no one was excited about seeing Ice Cube in Ghosts of Mars), and yet there are a lot of hip hop artists that end up going in that direction at some point.

Kind of like the kung fu <> rap thing you see with wu-tang et al.

I think the kung fu thing is probably a lot more related to the fact that kung fu films were one of the few genres marketed to the "urban" market before Hollywood figured out that they could make money producing movies that appealed to someone other than rich white people. I think the reasons that RZA and ODB liked kung fu films and decided to make it part of their hip hop identity were basically the same reasons why Quentin Tarantino decided to make Kill Bill (and ask RZA to do the soundtrack), they all grew up enjoying those films.
posted by burnmp3s at 12:00 PM on August 9, 2010


I vividly recall the moment that a friend lit up with the connection during Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The main characters are masters from the Wudan, or Wu-Dang, clan.
posted by Babblesort at 1:17 PM on August 9, 2010


I always enjoyed (what I interpret to be) Mos Def's description of the universe from On the Vista under the Blakroc collaboration with the Black Keys:

all gone and it goes on and on
and when it's gone on
then it's just on some more


Yeah, that's pretty much sums up all science can tell us about the limits of the universe.
posted by quadog at 3:03 PM on August 9, 2010


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