Mixtape mashes up rap legend with Star Wars score to create a 'Life After Death Star'
The thinking that led production team Otaku Gang to create a mashup mixtape featuring the vocals of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. and the score to Star Wars is the kind of creative thinking America needs right now.
Uploaded in late November, Life After Death Star so expertly mixes the iconic music of legendary composer John Williams with the bleak story telling of rap great it's a wonder how it hasn't happened before.
Little known producers Richie Branson and Solar Slim came together to form Otaku Gang, a nerd synergy pod presumably inspired by B.I.G.'s threat to "Hit 'em wit the force like Obi" on his 1997 megahit Hypnotize.
Hypnotize is conspicuously missing from the 16 track mixtape, but in its place are some true gems.
After an introduction, the tracks begin with B.I.G.'s 1994 opus Ten Crack Commandments laid over a French horn loop out of The Force Theme most commonly heard when Luke Skywalker is still on Tatooine.
Vocals are snagged from Biggie's entire career, not just his final album Life After Death, which makes for a greatest hits feel to the proceedings.
Other expected but appreciated mashups included Dead Wrong with the Imperial March and Party 'N B------- over the Cantina Band theme.
But it's when the Otaku Gang reaches outside of the catalog of radio hits and anthemic score numbers that the music feels the least gimmicky and more fully realized for its beauty.
Machine Gun Funk's vocals blend lend seamlessly into a loop from the Imperial Attack score and the well-known Big Poppa gets a creepy choir reimagining featuring the music of Duel of the Fates.
Being real fans, Otaku Gang left all versions of the rap songs are unedited, so Life After Death Star isn't something you can play on the way to Grandma's house this Christmas.
But for hip-hop fans looking to extend their Star Wars experience long after Star Wars: The Force Awakens has melted their faces off, this is a solid option.
Stream or download it now at lifeafterdeathstar.net.