jj kills
    • TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011

    • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

    jj takes the typical mixtape ideology of borrowed beats and new lyrics and gives it a decidedly "twee-as-f*ck" twist. On their Kills mixtape, the group takes well known rap lyrics and instrumentals, and couples it with their very specific aesthetic via rerecorded vocals. The result is something surprisingly fresh for what on paper sounds egregiously pretentious. The combination of jj's pleasant voices, coupled with the familiar beats, makes most of the tape a compelling listen. Although it's easy to tune out when the familiar fades into reverberated a cappella and/or obscure radio clips, the flow always returns to something known and noddy.

    Many are probably already familiar with "Kill Them", which takes Akon's "Right Now (Na Na)" as it's base beat. Other pleasant mutilations include the play on Kanye West's MBDTF opener "Dark Fantasy" mashed up with "Runaway" (in "High End", with the now infamous Imogen Heap vocal effect), "Power" in "Boom", and the lyrical flips in "New Work" (a pun, discussing going to work, over Jay-Z and Alicia Key's "Empire State Of Mind"). Other tracks are a less identifiable mash of beats and occasionally rap lyrics, but the Kills really excels when jj are the primary vocalists.

    It may not be typical in the sense of mixtapes being lyrically proficient (think guys like Wale), or socially aware (it's mostly reguritated). But jj certainly spit a clever take on the source material. Sampling sampled work is a little on the meta-side, and perhaps it isn't valuable or interesting to hear something so distilled. But strip away the implications, and the reverberated, tongue-in-cheek way jj spits "get drunk get crunk get f*cked up/(f*cked up)", or "f*ck all you hos" is enough to keep anyone (with a good sense of humor) entertained.

    * * * * * * * * * * * *
    MP3s: Kills








    Hot Baeble Videos
    XXX 88 ft Diplo

    XXX 88 ft Diplo

    Live It Up

    Live It Up

    Nick Mulvey live at Baeble HQ

    Nick Mulvey live at Baeble HQ

    Treat You Better

    Treat You Better

    BonBon

    BonBon

    Almost Home feat. Nadia Ali and IRO

    Almost Home feat. Nadia Ali and IRO

    Head Up Eyes Open Ft. Rick Ross

    Head Up Eyes Open Ft. Rick Ross

    Perry Farrell & Satellite Party live at The Artist's Lounge

    Perry Farrell & Satellite Party live at The Artist's Lounge

    The Way You Used To Do

    The Way You Used To Do

    In The South ft. Gucci Mane & Pimp C

    In The South ft. Gucci Mane & Pimp C

    © 2017 Baeble Media. All rights reserved.