Jay-Z + Coldplay = Play-Z: A Rundown of Other Oddball Mashups
Mudhoney and Sir Mix-A-Lot
"Freak Momma," 1993
The soundtrack to the 1993 film Judgment Night was a landmark release for cross-genre creations. Along with featuring familiar collaborators like Biohazard and Onyx reuniting after their "Bionyx" remix of "Slam" for the title track, and matches made in rap-rock Heaven like Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul, there were a few bizarre entries. While grunge rockers Mudhoney and rapper/butt connoisseur Sir Mix-A-Lot do share a hometown (which is more than most of the disc's participants had in common), their styles on "Freak Momma" form almost a unique anti-mesh.
3 Ring Circus Tour - Lordz of Brooklyn, Sublime & Wesley Willis 1995
Part of the appeal of certain genres of live music is the promise that anything can happen. In the early '90s, punk and hip-hop both hit an innovative hot streak, occasionally winning fans over who would usually shop on the other side of Sam Goody stores. While many major rock festivals would just have one token rap group, Skunk Records' 1995 3 Ring Circus tour went beyond the limits of genre uniformity. Boasting New York rappers Lordz of Brooklyn, Chicago punk rock outsider Wesley Willis and Sublime from Long Beach, the 20-plus date tour successfully broke the rules, selling out dates all over the West Coast.
Ozzy Osbourne featuring DMX, Ol' Dirty Bastard and the Crystal Method
"Nowhere to Run," 1998
Here's a noodle-scratcher: what do Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne, DMX, Ol' Dirty Bastard and electronic favorites the Crystal Method have in common? If you said a shared love of South Park, you would be right. Off the show's Chef Aid compilation, released on rap-rock pioneer Rick Rubin's label American Recordings, "Nowhere to Hide" sounds like a bizarre tour-van collision with some of the most recognizable and occasionally incoherent voices in music history screaming at each other over a techno beat. With all the Surge being sipped in '98, it was only a matter of time before a record like this happened. Still, it's aged much better than the pieced together Ozzy/Tony Iommi and Wu-Tang Clan "For Heavens Sake 2000" from the Loud Rocks compilation.