This Jay-Z vs Smashing Pumpkins album is 2020’s most inspired hook-up

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We’ve complained a lot about the madness of 2020, to be fair, but sometimes the universe throws up little treats, and today is such a day.

All credit here goes to a producer named Spose who has hit upon the frankly genius idea of pairing Jay-Z’s rhymes from his classic 2003 release The Black Album with the cream of Billy Corgan’s riffs from the best Smashing Pumpkins albums to create a killer mash-up collection.

Titled Marcy Projects And The Infinite Sadness, the entirely-unauthorised collaboration can proudly take its place alongside Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album (a 2004 re-imagining of Jay-Z’s The Black Album and The Beatles’ self-titled ‘The White Album’) and 2011’s quite brilliant Wugazi 13 Chambers album, which saw Doomtree rapper/producer Cecil Otter and Minneapolis musician Swiss Andy fuse post-hardcore legends Fugazi with the Wu Tang Clan, as one of the finest mash-up albums of the modern age. 

Thanks Spose!



Marcy Projects And The Infinite Sadness tracklist:

1. Interlude / Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
2. Change Clothes / I Am One
3. Public Service Announcement / Cherub Rock
4. Allure / Tonight, Tonight
5. Threat / Mayonaise
6. Encore / X.Y.U.
7. Moment of Clarity / Today
8. 99 Problems / Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
9. What More Can I Say / Hummer
10. Justify My Thug / Ava Adore
11. Lucifer / The Aeroplane Flies High
12. Dirt Off Your Shoulder / Eye
13. December 4th / Heavy Metal Machine
14. My First Song / Marquis In Spades

Marcy Projects And The Infinite Sadness can be downloaded here.

The next official Smashing Pumpkins release is coming on November 27 in the form of double-album Cyr, via Sumerian Records. Billy Corgan’s band have already released no fewer than six songs from the album.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.