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DJ Five and Pizzo: DJ Five and Pizzo

DJ Five and Pizzo: DJ Five and Pizzo
Release Date:2006
Genre:Hip Hop/Rap

By Michaelangelo Matos | Posted 3/29/2006

A good blend—the matching of a vocal from one song with the backing track from another—throws a new light onto something you think you already know. Usually, though, we just get juxtapositions somewhere between novel and labored.

A little of both occurs on DJ Five and Pizzo’s new mixtape. As its title indicates, the pairings are mostly of indie-rap stalwarts and their more mainstream peers. Sometimes, a combination that amplifies both of its halves isn’t always to the good—the queasiness factor of 50 Cent’s slimy come-on “Just a Li’l Bit” only gets grosser when paired with the needling guitars of Atmosphere’s “Smart Went Crazy,” while Sage Francis sounds more like a spaz than ever on top of Kanye West’s “Diamonds From Sierra Leone.”

But when Edan’s distorted vocal from “Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme” unfurls over the Ying Yang Twins’ echt-2005 “Whisper Song” beat, the rapper sounds more urgent than on his original overstuffed track. Right after that, the actual Ying Yang vocal is paired with DangerDoom’s “Mince Meat,” banging harder than you remembered, the vocal ridiculous in an entirely new way. Atmosphere’s “Watch Out” gains new energy thanks to Amerie’s “1 Thing,” while the Perceptionists’ pinpoint anti-war declaration gains new grandeur over Young Jeezy’s “Go Crazy.” And when Five and Pizzo abandon their schema a little—as on a mix of M.I.A. and Blackalicious, neither especially great sellers, that switches the vocal/backing position halfway through—they open up even more possibilities.

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