Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Hippomothamus: Rhyming in Rainbows

I was searching for news on the In Rainbows bonus disc when I stumbled across Hippomothamus. Immediately, I thought of Gemaine and Brit, aka Hiphopopotamus & Rhymenocerous.

But it's not! It's Hippomothamus, and I was surprised that there was nothing else out there about him, except his blog. So naturally I had to write something. What he did was made a mixtape sampling In Rainbows and some original beats over the top, and hip hop acapellas from the likes of the Beastie Boys, Blackalicious, Mos Def, Jurassic 5 and Kanye.

It's no masterpiece, but it's not too bad. So far my favorite is "It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop", which is Dead Prez over "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" [which is my favorite on In Rainbows as well, which probably explains that].

Since the sampling source is kinda limited, some of the tunes are rather simplistic, and some vocals just don't work well with the beats. Idunno.. The beat production is definitely the best part; I'd like to get my hands on some of his beats and try some other vocals. Anyway, overall it's pretty good; an ambitious project no doubt.


Go decide for yourself. It's worth the free download and the listen, if you're into Radiohead and hip hop. Download the entire album from Hippo's blog, or stream each tune.

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2 comments:

Hippomothamus said...

Thanks :)

Hippomothamus said...

Hey, me again. Just thought I'd let you know my new mixtape has just dropped. I mashed up the ting tings album "we started nothing".

Download and preview it here http://www.hippomothamus.co.uk/2008/06/we-started-nothing-ting-tings-mashup.html