Ever since Dangermouse mashed up the nasal tones of Jay-Z with the psychedelia of the Beatles’ White Album, people have been mixing up Jay’s rap with anything they could find. I wouldn’t be surprised to find an MP3 somewhere that layers “99 Problems” with the Captain and Tennille. But no one since Dangermouse has come up with such a beautiful melding of genres like Jay-Z’s recent collaboration with Linkin Park, “Numb/Encore.” The song combines Jay’s hard hitting vocals with Linkin Park’s massive, almost ambient, sound. A live choir adds a gospel feel to the track.
The video for “Numb/Encore,” premiered November 10th on the MTV network as part of a program called MTV ULTIMATE MASH-UPS (10:30 pm eastern/pacific). Collision Course, the CD + DVD package will be available in stores November 30th.