Listen to SUBCON 32: 2 Mello EarthBIG tribute

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All Earthbound, All Notorious. All 2 Mello. This is my first single album SUBCON podcast and it is in tribute to the longtime podcast mainstay 2 Mello and his most recent mashup adventure album EarthBIG. If you are too lazy to read my review, then this is the podcast for you. Unless you listen to the podcast on YouTube, because I don't expect an uncut version to sit on YouTube for long.

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2 Mello drops a meteor of funk in the mashup album PLANET ROCK EP

Sure shot

I hope 2 Mello has insurance, because I just burst into flames while listening to this album. It's hot. The album, it's hot, is what I'm trying to say. On my first listen I am marking out hard on the matches Mello sets up in his mashup arena.. 

Mello digs deep to find some hard hitting mashups. Though the beat source is far from new territory, the fresh raps and Mello's style bring it all together to stand apart from not just other mashup albums, but other FFVII mashup albums.

The album starts off with the titular remix of Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force. The nostalgia of Final Fantasy and classic funk is an almost deadly fusion. If you can survive the intro though, you can hear more hot bangers like my secret favorite FFVII track, Cosmos Canyon, combined with Youngbloodz for the heavy hitting jam, "Cosmos Be Damned." This track is the perfect theme for a crazy band powerful rebels preparing to take on the entire world (including the ocean).

This album also marks the first time 2 Mello has set Biggie to one of his beats. It works. If "Dream From the Struggle" was the theme for Barret Wallac... aaaah crap I just realized that the B.I.G. and Barret have the same last name! They even both have first born daughters. Oh man oh man, this rabbit hole is growing by the second. Time to do some research!

But first, this album. So, if your mind hasn't melted from the growing Notorious Barret theory, then you can enjoy the track, which is really good. and 2 Mello means free album, so download it now.

(Side note, I also love the brevity of this album. Seven songs is perfect. Anyone thinking of mashing up the entire FFVII soundtrack, please do not do that.)

Then help me bug Mello to drop his next rap album. We are waiting Mr. professional musician now.

Anime club music from 2 Mello in new album Moe Money Moe Problems

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Don't front like you aren't watching anime when you roll that blunt.

I've been anticipating this one since Mello dropped that GGx50 mashup a few weeks back. 2 Mello has made it a career of hitting me right in that perfect musical sweet spot, especially after the most recent anime binge I went on. This concept could be it's own trilogy, though only Mello knows where he could take this idea from here. 

On the, what, third play through as I write this, the stand out tracks are Lil Jon vs Persona 3 and epic closing mashup of Ciara ft. Missy Elliott vs 2PM.

This whole album feels like the fifth flavor of pop music. 

This album is free, but please donate to my Paypal thru: bit.ly/1FffKVk to help the good times keep rolling.
Where all my moe-moe gangstaz and my anime forum moderators at, man? This is Moe Money Moe Problems, the hottest blend of Asian pop and hip-hop to ever stumble into creation. This ridiculous remix collection is meant for those times when you need a burst of energy. You know that moment when you’re about to leave but your song comes on and you KNOW you have to stay? Every one of these tracks wants to create that moment. So press play, and enjoy some honestly good music made under a VERY silly premise.
— 2 Mello

Enter 2 Mello's 'The 3-6 Chambers' - Final Fantasy vs Wu-Tang mashup album

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Release day review of the free-to-download mashup adventure.

The 2 Mello mashup trilogy comes to a close with The 3-6 Chambers, available to download or stream now over at Scrub Club Records. Seems Mello saved the most intense for last, a 14 track collection of mashups featuring the music from Nobuo Uematsu's Final Fantasy VI soundtrack, remixed and remastered beneath the eclectic flows of classic Wu-Tang Clan.

2 Mello's story-based mashups (as well as other artists like Tovarisch) have forced me to find a new term for this combination of videogame based hip hop storytelling. Henceforth, albums of this caliber will be known as mashup adventure albums. This term means that the album not only collects a variety of catchy tunes and hot vocals, but that attention is also payed to the original meaning of the source material, and becomes remixed and mashed up to convey the heart and mind of the original artists.

Mello sums up the idea of a mashup adventure album well in his own liner notes

The Wu-Tang Clan, the legendary kings of rap, espers buried deep within their 36th chamber of skill, come forth into a land on the brink of destruction. The evil magic-abusing warlord Kefka holds legions of rappers and producers under his iron grip, using his Slave Crowns to make us work for him. The Wu-Tang are able to free me, but I still have to prove my skills in remixing if I am to join them in battle.

This attention to storytelling is something I love in video games and hip hop, and evidently I also crave in my video game hip hop, no matter the source material. 

As a hip hop head, living in Southern California put me at quite the disadvantage in hearing much Wu-Tang in my youth. This means I'm not nostalgic for classic Wu-Tang in quite the same way as when I heard Jay-Z and Nas, both of whom were featured in Mello's previous mashup collections. This means I not only get the chance to hear a brand new collection of head bobbing Mello mashups, but can also up my hip hop game by getting more familiar with the Wu. 

The album dropped this morning, and I am giving it my first listen as I type up these words, so instead of a full review, for now I'll give my initial impressions. On first play through, the album is surprisingly laid back, likely due to the beat choices, which juxtaposes the playful, endless grassy field imagery of classic RPGs with the big city New York rap style of Wu Tang.

On first play through, stand out tracks are currently the opening and closing tracks, "Magic Ruins Everything Around Me", and "The Crew is Back" respectively. Of course there is plenty of meat sandwiched in between.

I have to admit I didn't give the album a straight play through as planned, thanks to "Got Your Treasure" a mixture of ODB and The Veldt (Wild West). I had to hit rewind quite a few times, and really take in the mood of Final Fantasy within the lyrical context of Dirt McGirt. The song takes on the mood of a cocky adventurer busting into caves and dungeons and getting that money.

Catchiest track award has to go to "Da Mystery of Shadow-Boxin'" for the beautiful fusion of the somber Shadow's theme with Da Mystery of Chessboxin.' Headbanger award definitely goes to "Battle Pit." which combines the hard hitting sounds of Gravel Pit with FFVI's main battle theme. It's the FFVI equivalent to Team Teamwork's classic FFVII mashup of M.O.P.

I hope to have a fuller collection of thoughts on the album sometime in the future. I now live in a world in which a mashup album could be one of the most layered and deep albums of the year for me. Isn't that something? Enter The 3-6 Chambers for free via the Scrub Club Records album page. You can also follow 2 Mello's Twitter

Some day, there will be an RPG in which the battles really will have rap music about fighting. That is my dream. A hip hop Persona, or urban Earthbound...