Wugazi‘s 13 Chambers is a great mash-up album that unites the music of Fugazi with the lyrical wisdom of the Wu-Tang Clan, both as a group and various solo and sidebar projects, and it works beautifully. A lot of times when some do mash-ups, there’s something that’s not quite right. Either the acapella vocal track is slightly off, or it sounds like the remixer has no idea how to use the music properly. In this case it works great. It’s not just Fugazi tracks layered over it, there’s an awareness of their songs with some nice chopping and slicing to show how well it can be used in a Wu-Tang context.
I’ve never been a fan of Inspectah Deck‘s “R.E.C. Room”, in fact I prefer my own remix of it. Here, it is reinterpreted into “Killa Hill” and I like this better than the original INS version too.
It works with many levels, and not just as something you want to hear because of its novelty factor. This is done with style and honor, and I think the Wu-Tang would be happy with the results.
(You can download the album for free by clicking to Wugazi.com.)