Bob Cronin (you know him better as dj BC) did not create his latest mashup opus Wu Orleans — expressly to mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Rather, he says, the date simply provided the motivation he needed to finally finish up the project, wherein Shaolin rhyme slingers are mashed up with Crescent City legends. Timeless? You be the judge.
Hard to think of a better tribute than angry words spat to the Fats Domino’s laconic “I’m Walking” and a some jaunty Dixieland brass (“Boxing Fats Domino”). Or “Mardi Gras Drunkies” (Dukes of Dixieland feat. Luther Kent vs. Tha Alkaholiks feat. ODB), which is slicker than a puddle of Bourbon Street sick. And, of course, “When the Meth Goes Marching in," which weds Satchmo’s mellifluous version of the Nawlins national anthem with Clifford Smith’s red-eyed rhymes. (Indeed, both men have been known to enjoy their reefer.)
One tiny complaint: No Aaron Neville?
DOWNLOAD: “Dirty Brass” (mp3)
DOWNLOAD: “Just the Wu of Us” (mp3)
DOWNLOAD: “When the Meth Comes Marching In” (mp3)