Artwork by Adam Sarpalius
As 2009, and the decade come to a close, PMA will be looking back at our favorite songs of the last ten years. We will update a list with 75 empty slots until we reach that song that changed everything. You can keep track of this list by keeping an eye on this page. We make these lists in hopes that you guys will chime in the comments and share your favorite musical moments of the noughties.
Off the Godfather of Bootleg/Mixtape hits, The Grey Album, “99 Problems”, fusing the worlds that surround Jay-Z and the Beatles, DJ Danger Mouse’s complex put-and-paste job overshadows the Rick Rubin-produced original.
You can hear Danger Mouse’s painstaking precision on “99 Problems”. He plays to Jay-Z’s strengths as a rapper and lyricist, while still giving a respectful nod to Rick Rubin’s already-genius production work, with the “Helter Skelter” loop featured on the track. Passed the novelty and shock of the entire project lies a true piece of hip-hop pop art.