There is some rap music that I can enjoy in small doses. But I can’t seem to get used to the monotonal droning of voiceovers.
In the case of that “Grey Album”, I made an effort to look for the good in it. What I found was that the good parts were the parts directly from the Beatles’ White Album. The rapper is talking over them and I find it supremely annoying. I won’t deny that this remix (and a number of other remixes I’ve heard) exhibit a lot of cleverness and creativity. Mash ups that I’ve heard before have nearly all fallen short of my expectations. The Every Breath You Take/Peter Gunn Theme mix off the Sopranos: Peppers and Eggs Sountrack:[Sopranos soundtrack] is more of the sort of remix I enjoy. Both songs are evident, and little additional material is interfering, so you get a gestalt. Another is a remix of Steppenwolf’s Magic Carpet Ride. I think the remix is the work of Fatboy Slim. It’s got the punch of the original without the long trippy (and, IMHO boring) instrumental interlude.
So, something is obviously passing me by with mash ups and remixes. I shouldn’t have to try so hard to like something.