ReMix: Paperboy 'Smooth Delivery'

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Been looking into Filk a bit lately after catching most of "Modern Metal Alchemist", an FMA filk set to Gilbert and Sullivan's "Modern Major General", at Otakon, as performed by FilkAeris (who also did a filk set to "Baby Got Back" that was laced with copious - and amusing - Cloud fangirlism). Other than that, saw Capote, which Hoffman should definitely get a nomination for, and Layer Cake, which was good enough to bode well for the future Mr. Bond's shaken-not-stirred shenanigans. Meanwhile, amicable fella, forum moderator, and all-around decent Sri Lankan Mythril Nazgul has been waiting patiently for this whimsical Paperboy romp to see the light of day here on OCR. And to those who wait, good things come. The ReMixer hopes:

"at first i was attempting to go for a kraftwerkish sounding approach with some 'old school' sounds and minimal instruments - however, afterwards, I decided to rap over it. i think it turned out pretty well. people seem to love the vocoded robot, so that's cool too. hopefully, people won't mistakenly think i'm white this time."

I think far more people will love the vocoded robot (because EVERYBODY loves robots, and vocoded ones doubly so) than be convinced of Myth's non-whiteitude, as his rappin' voice is mo cracka' than MC 900ft. Jesus. I happen to dig 900ft. a great deal, so any such likeness is definitely fine by me, but I do think the comparison is apropos. Things begin with tremolo strings building into a funky beat and aforementioned voco-robo, as Navid informs us that he "tends to put buttah" on his grits, which could be taken literally or metaphorically - on soooo many levels. Lyrics are generally fun and fluid, with vocal doubling effects put to good use. Pizzicato strings, major-key happy-happy bells, layered, meaty beats, and an intentionally synthetic, cheesy electric bass flesh out the instrumentation. If there's one beef I have to throw at the Paperboy, besides the Washington Post having too many ads, it's that the overall mix is somewhat lacking on the lowend. Like 50's-era pant fashions, the bassline is riding a little high, and nothing fills in the vacancy on the 1st floor, to dangerously mix metaphors. But the charm of the vocal stylings and vocoder-chorus is ultimately what's gonna sell ya, or not, and if it does, it'll be strong enough to balance out the buxom booty bass deficiency. analoq lowercases:

"the arrangement is kinda minimal, not so much stylistically, but only a few motifs from the original are used. however those motifs are the most recognizable so there's no doubt what the remix is of. i like the original a lot, and this take on it is fresh and entertaining."

Larry and Jesse both expressed concerns about repetition, and while Gray and perhaps others agreed that they were legit issues, there's still a good deal of variation in the four and a half minutes, including the HAL 9000 slowdown at 2'00" and ensuing breakout section. It's essentially a lighthearted, conceptual ReMix that turns Paperboy into an old-skool rap playground of sorts, replete with catchy turns-of-phrase, retro fx, and of course, RAD ROBOT LICKS. Fun.


Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2010-01-21 15:38:41
Heh, wow. This is some goofy stuff here, eh? Its been a while since I listened to this remix...years even...
on 2009-12-02 11:26:19
Woah, wasnt expecting this. Weird robovoice + midi bass opens this track, and I was ready to write this one off as a loltrack, but then the rapping started, and I really dug the creative and well performed flow. Some really cool and out-there rhymes. Antelope though? Im not sure if thats genius or madness. Possibly both. :-D
on 2009-10-14 08:07:15
Oh boy this is totaly awesome.
on 2009-07-17 01:03:36
light-hearted and somewhat silly, yet clever and well executed. simple fun. i thoroughly enjoyed this. theres a distinct flavor here that is very much appealing to me. well done, indeed!
on 2009-02-13 21:35:13
The tunage sounds alot like something close to East Coast Renaisance Days. Good job with that. Great thumping beat, interesting instrumental...just one factor:

'Jedi QuestMaster' wrote: There whouldnt happen to be a censored version of this around, would there?

Good idea. Without the profanity and the whole throats slitting line, this mix would have gotten a 10/10 lyrically. But the rest of its very well written and well flown like an underground rap song from Canada.
on 2008-11-28 19:38:30
Bit of a bump, this.

I found this by accident on RKO when I was looking round for some Target Renegade and Chase HQ mixes, didnt know it was upped here too.

Damn its great. The lyrics are hilarious too, its definitely that that makes it as well. Great overall, one of my favourite songs Ive heard on this site.
Jedi QuestMaster
on 2008-09-16 23:29:32
There whouldnt happen to be a censored version of this around, would there?
on 2007-12-11 14:41:27
'Fridge' wrote: That is some awesome early-mid 90s rapping right there

yeah my thoughts exactly, the flow is so nineties
its not bad, though I prefer myths more recent hip hop stuff, his delivery has improved since this song.

edit: no pun intended
on 2005-11-03 19:36:56
Oh shit its Vanillia Ice! AND HE LEARNED TO RAP PROPER-LIKE!

Oh wait... Mythril? Sum n00b?

Haha, awesome work Mythril, though ... you sound white man, hell, whiter than me. Its like seeing a hot chick, and then when you hit on her, her voice is low enough to drop your bowels through your pelvis.
on 2005-11-01 23:23:02
Navid blows it up once again with this hot mix. His rhymes are smooth, his delivery is perfect, and THESE BEETZ ARE SO FRESH!

Great job Myth; you continue to impress.
on 2005-11-01 16:55:37
Your voice sounds a lot like the boys from RAPE over at OLR.

This song freaking rocks.
on 2005-11-01 00:40:59
Smooth delivery, lyrics of fury. I likey.
on 2005-10-27 14:59:20
Dood, he sounded even whiter than me when I rap, and I AM white. But that robot voice totally made it awesome. Good work.
on 2005-10-27 07:55:28
'PriZm' wrote: Great show, fo sure, foo. Stop the rap hate, begin the rap flood. A mixture of old-school rap with old-school gaming is a sure win. Quality work with fluid lyrics and that cool black-sounding vibe.

Launch all zig

Fo rizzle, PriZzle. This is some cool shizzle, Mizzle Nizzle.
on 2005-10-27 05:19:53
That is some awesome early-mid 90s rapping right there, makes me wanna break out my Skee-Lo (in a good way ;)).