Cover art by  Sarah Lawrence

Cover art by Sarah Lawrence

 

Just about ten years ago, sometime shortly after the inception of The Hood Internet, the music blog Idolator wrote a thing about the death of mashups: they were over. No more novelty pairings, no more awful portmanteau “song titles” etc etc etc, all the other justifiable critiques. (The site has since changed owners— search “idolator” and “mashup” now, and that piece won’t come up at the top. What will are a variety of recent-ish clickbait articles that probably boil down to something like: you wouldn’t think this mashup would work but,,,, it does)

The Hood Internet was also a music blog, but of the hard-copy mp3 variety. For the first few months of its existence, we’d crank out near-daily pairings of (primarily) rap and hip hop vocal tracks mixed atop instrumental edits of songs we’d made from our individual music collections, which at the time skewed towards modern electronic and indie rock. So, you know … mashups. These 192-kbps heaters were always accompanied by Photoshopped collages of the sampled artists appearing together. CONTENT! 

We finished the first Hood Internet mixtape— a best-of what we’d made thus far— days before our first live show, which was less of a show and moreso lowbrow performance art: we blasted The Mixtape Volume One through the venue’s in-house mixer, and pretended to load vinyl records into our laptops for an hour. 

OK soooo fast forward through the past ten years: we made hundreds and hundreds of bootlegs (look at that: “bootlegs.” such a cooler word than mashup, ew). The better ones got compiled into our loosely annual mixtape releases, which racked up millions of downloads worldwide. In addition to all those BOOTLEGS, we also made and released our own remixes, original songs and collaborations with other artists we liked. We learned how to mix live sets from our growing catalog without trainwrecking too hard, and eventually got to do shows all over North America pretty regularly, sharing the stage and touring with a bunch of great artists. Even had a few international jaunts in there! Not quite EDM superstars, but. 

It’s now 2017 and here we are with The Mixtape Volume Ten, aaaand wait. What’s with the subtitle— Best of The Hood Internet— is this some sort of greatest hits album from, uh, a website that DJs? Really? Yes. It is exactly that. Much like the first mixtape was a best-of everything we’d made to that point, this ten-year retrospective is 50 of our best blends (blends! there’s another synonym for you) from the catalog that we’ve willed into existence over the last decade. Listen to it, enjoy it or hate it, and together let’s all mourn the ten-year anniversary of the death of mashups.

THE MIXTAPE VOLUME TEN: BEST OF THE HOOD INTERNET 2007–2017

1. Jay-Z x LCD Soundsystem
2. Beastie Boys x Matt & Kim
3. Big Sean x The Knocks
4. DMX x The XX
5. Eve x Radiohead
6. Arcade Fire x Blondie
7. Passion Pit x Juvenile & Mannie Fresh
8. Mayer Hawthorne x M83
9. B.O.B. x Chromeo
10. Ma$e & Kelly Price x Penguin Prison
11. Amerie x Daft Punk
12. TLC x Holy Ghost! & Michael McDonald
13. Tyga x Neon Indian
14. Modest Mouse x Kanye West
15. Genesis x Justice
16. Estelle x The Ting Tings
17. Dizzee Rascal x Cyndi Lauper
18. Justin Timberlake x Daft Punk
19. The Weeknd x Daft Punk
20. Whitney Houston x Chromeo
21. Michael Jackson x Ratatat
22. Robin S. x Holy Fuck
23. Lil Kim x MGMT
24. Bell Biv Devoe x Disclosure
25. Ciara x Treasure Fingers
26. Future x Van She & Robotaki
27. Drake x Delorean
28. Mic Terror x Green Velvet
29. Omarion x Mylo
30. Kendrick Lamar x Cashmere Cat
31. Destiny's Child x Slow Magic
32. Spank Rock x Burial
33. Soulja Boy x Digitalism
34. Big Boi x Ghislain Poirier
35. ILoveMakonnen & Drake x Penguin Prison
36. Ludacris x Joker & Ginz
37. Wiz Khalifa x Hudson Mohawke
38. Jay-Z & Kanye West x TNGHT
39. Usher x Santigold
40. R. Kelly x Broken Social Scene
41. Chance The Rapper x Keys N Krates
42. Dead Prez x Grizzly Bear
43. Notorious B.I.G. x Flume
44. Birdman & Lil Wayne x Washed Out
45. Trillville & Cutty x The Knife
46. Nelly x Jai Wolf
47. Dorrough x Bibio
48. Drake x Baauer & RL Grime
49. Mark Morrison x Ratatat
50. Dr. Dre x Class Actress