I don’t know if I’ll ever get over mixing together video game music and hip hop. This time, I blended a song from the iPad game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP with one of the recent collaborative offerings from rapper/producer Kanye West. Actually, the main wordsmith on this recording is one of Kanye’s protégés, Big Sean (though you can hear a some lines and grunts from Ye at certain parts).
The inspiration for this mashup came from driving around town and listening to a couple of CDs (yes, I still use those musical disc things). I was alternating between the album Cruel Summer from Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music collective and the soundtrack to S&S:EP, music by singer-songwriter Jim Guthrie.
After a while, I began to rap the words from the G.O.O.D. music track "Mercy" over "Lone Star" from the S&S:LP — EP changes to LP in the title to distinguish the game from the soundtrack — just to imagine how a mashup would sound. I also did the reverse and sang Guthrie's melodies when I’d listen to Big Sean's verse. Sure enough, they flow together quite well. I call it "Sword & Mercery."
I love the juxtaposition of whimsical music and somewhat vulgar lyrics. I also like to imagine Big Sean and Kanye West in the game world, rapping to the background melody. Enjoy!