Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Jay-Z, Linkin Park|
Collision Course (with DVD)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, Rock, Hard Rock & Metal
MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups is one of the biggest musical events in years, premiering on MTV with a show featuring the multi-platinum Linkin Park, the biggest contemporary rock band in the world, joining forces with the multi-pl... more »
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MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups is one of the biggest musical events in years, premiering on MTV with a show featuring the multi-platinum Linkin Park, the biggest contemporary rock band in the world, joining forces with the multi-platinum Jay-Z, one of the biggest stars in hip-hop. Mash-Ups brings together artists from different genres to seamlessly blend their songs, creating an exciting and unique musical experience. Offered in both CD-sized Digipak and Amaray package, it features a CD with versions of existing Linkin Park and Jay-Z tracks mixed together in the studio; and a DVD featuring two versions of them performing these Mash-Up tracks for MTV.
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Hot: great concept, great execution
Shaun W. Taylor | Raleigh, NC United States | 02/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Title says it all. This set is hot. The CD is good -- the DVD showing the making of, and the live show are awesome. I wasn't a Jay-Z fan, but after watching the DVD, I've gained a lot of respect for him. He's talented, and a great complement to Linkin Park.
Others have said it: this is not a remix album, it's not a re-release, it's a mashup. It's an intentional blending of two distinct sounds. It shouldn't be rated in comparison to either act individually. I purchase a lot of music, and this is one of my better purchases in recent memory. Great concept, and flawless execution."
Mark Twain | 02/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Reading some of the other comments here, you would think this CD is terrible. The fact is that most of these users who say its bad actually hit the nail on the head, but don't even realize what they've said. IT'S A MASH-UP. It says so ON THE LABEL. This was not meant to be a stand alone Linkin Park or Jay-Z album. Neither is it meant to be part of either artists' lineup. It is an addendum, people. That being said, you can't match it up against Linkin Park's or Jay-Z's past works other than as a reference. Though it does have the original recordings of both, they have been twisted and reshaped to make new songs.
Now, rating this CD/DVD by the CORRECT method I would have to give it 4 stars. I personally loved the collaboration, and felt that both artists' put some quality work into this album. My only complaint is the meager 6 songs. The DVD is a nice addition, and is great to watch. But the CD is almost like a teaser. Great bass, awesome (yet familiar) guitar riffs and perfect synchronization put this CD in its own class. I think this CD is a great one, but I would highly recommend sampling a track or two before purchasing to see what you are getting into."
Solid, but not amazing
David Zakar | MD USA | 12/12/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The album, on the whole, is pretty solid stuff. I'm a Linkin Park fan, however, and if you're a Jay-Z sorta person, you might not be as enthusiastic - this sure ain't hard-core rap. LP, on the other hand, has always had some lighter rap from Mike Shinoda (who mixed this CD, so I see), so Jay-Z compliments their sound pretty well.
The DVD, though, is great. I was less than impressed with Jay-Z - it seemed like Mike and Chester had a lot more energy between the two of them at the show. This might be the usual for Jay-Z, but it didn't bowl me over. Still, the show is fun to watch, and the camera work is a lot less chaotic than Live in Texas.
If you're getting this for Jay-Z, you'll probably be disappointed. Linkin Park fans will enjoy both the CD and DVD, I think. Don't go into this expecting amazing music - it's fun to listen to, and certainly it's creative, but it is not some sort of artistic masterpiece.
If it were a full-length album, I would give it a 4/5, but frankly, there's just NOT enough music to rate it that high. Given more the four days of time it took to make the album, though, a 3/5 ain't too bad. Hopefully the two of them will collaborate in the future on new material."