“MAX PIX: Collaboration Soundtracks” Written by DJ Maximus 3000, Arketipo 187 November 10, 2011
Edition 3: MAX PIX 5,6 & 7.
Think about what would happen if Dolly Parton recorded a track with Snoop Dogg (which I’m waiting for).
How would that sound?
Whenever two or more great artists (more importantly, their production teams and record labels) get together, the creative juices start flowing. There are a lot of groups and producers out there that make it a point to bring in as many features and special guests for their albums, to make the body of work as interesting as possible.
This is common in hip-hop. It’s sort of a combination of camaraderie and promotion that has almost always existed.
However, the collaborations I’m speaking about rarely take place. Most “rock” groups or pop stars don’t usually venture off to collaborate with electronic artists or rappers. Although more recently pop stars, rock groups, and hip-hop artists are collaborating with each other and taking on electronic producers to polish out a whole new sound.
So if you’re a huge fan of major recording artists coming together to make magic, you have to check out the following albums.
My guess is these grandiose, larger-than-life collaborations are a by-product of big budgets for big movies with an even bigger pension for big hype, harvesting as many fans from multiple genres to maximize exposure and sales for both the soundtracks themselves and the movies they were commissioned for.
I’m just waiting for a country/hip-hop movie soundtrack to come out; that’s naturally the next step in this trend. We need some good electronic producers making Tim McGraw sound like Marc Anthony. Maybe Pitbull can do a feature with Shania Twain? LOL. I’m sure it’s in the works.
These three soundtracks are poster children for these rare collab’s. Although the last one is a bit outdated, it has an amazing collaboration between House of Pain and Helmet that was literally a blend between hardcore hip-hop and and hardcore heavy metal.
MAX PIX #5: Various Artists Blade II Soundtrack (2002)
The Blade II Soundtrack was released on March 19, 2002 through Virgin Records and features collaborations between hip-hop artists and electronic artists. My absolute favorite is Mos Def and Massive Attack’s “I against I.” Epic.
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1. Danny Saber & Marco Beltrami – “Blade (Theme From Blade)”
2. Fatboy Slim & Eve (2) – “Cowboy”
3. Massive Attack & Mos Def – “I Against I”
4. Paul Oakenfold & Ice Cube – “Right Here, Right Now”
5. BT & Roots, The – “Tao Of The Machine”
6. Roni Size & Cypress Hill – “Child Of The Wild West”
7. Dub Pistols, Busta Rhymes & Silkk The Shocker – “The One”
8. Danny Saber, Fabolous & Jadakiss – “We Be Like This”
9. Gorillaz & Redman – “Gorillaz On My Mind”
10. Groove Armada, Rah-Digga* & Trina – “Gangsta Queen”
11. Crystal Method, The & Bubba Sparxxx – “PHDream”
12. Roni Size & Volume 10 – “Raised In The Hood”
13. Moby & Mystikal – “Gettin’ Aggressive”
14. Buppy* – “Mind What You Say”
MAX PIX #6: Various Artists Spawn Soundtrack (1997)
The Spawn Soundtrack was released in July 1997 and brought together popular rock bands at the time, including Metallica, Korn, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, and Silverchair, with well known DJs and electronic producers such as The Crystal Method, Roni Size, and The Prodigy.
A similar concept was previously implemented on the rock/hip-hop fused Judgment Night soundtrack. Of the three soundtracks I’m featuring here, this one is my favorite. It has the most interesting collaborations. I guess I’m just partial to electronic & rock.
Being that this was the soundtrack to a dark comic book series, these artsits got very goth/industrial with thier productions. The collaboration between Sneaker Pimps and Marilyn Manson is aurally stunning.
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1. Filter & The Crystal Method – “(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do”
2. Marilyn Manson & Sneaker Pimps – “Long Hard Road Out Of Hell”
3. Orbital & Kirk Hammett – “Satan”
4. Korn & The Dust Brothers –”Kick The P.A.”
5. Butthole Surfers & Moby –”Tiny Rubberband”
6. Metallica & DJ Spooky – “For Whom The Bell Tolls (The Irony Of It All)”
7. Stabbing Westward & Wink* – “Torn Apart”
8. Mansun & 808 State – “Skin Up Pin Up”
9. Prodigy & Tom Morello –”One Man Army”
10. Silverchair & Vitro – “Spawn”
11. Henry Rollins & Goldie –”T-4 Strain”
12. Incubus & D.J. Greyboy –”Familiar”
13. Slayer & Atari Teenage Riot –”No Remorse (I Wanna Die)”
14. Soul Coughing & Roni Size – “A Plane Scraped Its Belly On A Sooty Yellow Moon”
MAX PIX #7: Various Artists Judgment Night Soundtrack (1993)
Released on September 14, 1993 through Epic Records and produced by many of the album’s performers. Every song on the soundtrack was a collaboration between hip-hop artists and rock/metal artists. The earliest of these kind of hybrid-genre soundtracks, it’s worth a mention because it set the foundation for future ones.
Check out the collab between Helmet and House of Pain:
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- Helmet & House Of Pain – “Just Another Victim”
- Teenage Fanclub & De La Soul – “Fallin'”
- Living Colour & Run D.M.C. – “Me, Myself & My Microphone”
- Sonic Youth & Cypress Hill – “I Love You Mary Jane”
- Mudhoney & Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Freak Momma”
- Pearl Jam & Cypress Hill – “Real Thing”
- Biohazard & Onyx – “Judgment Night”
- Slayer & Ice-T – “Disorder”
- Faith No More & Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. – “Another Body Murdered”
- Dinosaur Jr. & Del The Funky Homosapien – “Missing Link”
- Therapy? & Fatal – “Come And Die”
The Gorrillaz’ 2005 sophomore album, Demon Days, featured everyone from Del the Funky Homosapien to De La Soul, Neneh Cherry, Ike Turner, Bootie Brown of the Pharcyde, Shaun Ryder, to Dennis Hopper (yes, the actor).
BT’s fourth studio album Emotional Technology features JC Chasez (of N*Sync) and actress Rose McGowan, which completely brought out the lurking rockstar/party monster side of BT that was never heard before.
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You can’t beat Britney Murphey’s (R.I.P.) and Paul Oakenfold’s amazing collaboration “Faster Kill Pussycat.” This single, the only song Murphy recorded, rivals most full-length albums by any actor crossing over to singing/songwriting.
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N.A.S.A’s 2009 debut album Spirt of Apollo, much like Gorillaz’ Demon Days, featured a Frankenstein-like mish-mash of unlikely collaborators on almost each of their tracks, including a crazy list of collaborations between David Byrne and rapper Chuck D (“Money”), M.I.A. and Santigold with Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (“Whachadoin?”), and Kanye West and Lykke Li (“Gifted”).
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Look out for more MAX PIX here on Arketipo 187, as well as my interviews with indie artists and my SPOT ON genre playlists.
Alex Ferbeyre pka DJ Maximus 3000, is a chart topping producer, remixer, DJ, and founder/owner of the record label 8025 Alliance Music Group. DJ Maximus 3000 is also an experimental artist who has been working in the music industry since 1995. He has a background in music theory, journalism, and marketing and is the music editor of Arketipo 187 Magazine. Follow Ferbeyre on Twitter and Facebook or email him at email@example.com.