Swizz Beatz vs. Fela Kuti pt. 1

Swizzy’s artistic integrity has spiked recently, largely due to his recently-revealed talents as a painter (he’s unbelievably good!), and he continues that trend with a ‘mash-up mixtape’ (of sorts) with the musical stylings of the late, great Fela Kuti.

Meshing some of Swizzy’s most popular tracks with vintage efforts from Fela’s bac catalogue, it’s a valiant effort at blending old with new. It doesn’t quite work every time, and understandably so given the vast distances and time periods between the two styles, with Swing Your Rag/Who No Know Go Know in particular sounding very clashed and cluttered. Equally however, it does come off quite spectacularly in parts: the Money In The Bank/Yellow Fever crossover works brilliantly, and utilises the upbeat jazz style of Yellow Fever brilliantly to add a fun, jovial feel to Swizzy’s track. Worth grabbing overall, and respect is due to Swizz for what is a considerably original and brave idea. Another win for #MonsterMondays.

Swizz Beatz vs. Fela Kuti pt. 1

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