ReMix: Super Dodge Ball 'Nairobi Hop'

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Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge again! Our sampling of Around the World's myriad flavors & destinations ends today in Kenya, for a mega-collab that's one for the history books, featuring DCT, LuIzA, newcomers Mr. Jones and Khakolak Boy, and the OC ReMix debut of the one and only Mega Ran! Even after meeting him a couple times and doing a whole PAX panel on VGM with him (along with Larry, Danny B, and A_Rival), I still get a little star-struck around Raheem - uber-talented & knowledgable guy who's really doing something different AND doing it amazingly well. But let that not detract from everyone else on the mix, especially ringleader DCT - you've really outdone yourself, Duane. This mix is brilliant and exceeds any expectations one could possibly have for a hip-hop treatment of the source, incorporating not one but three badass rappers, LuIzA's guitars, and spot-on execution & integration of all elements. Tour-de-force? You bet. DCT writes:

"I've got a submission here from Walan & KyleJCrb's Super Dodge Ball remix album, Around the World. My remix is called "Nairobi Hop" and is of the Team Kenya theme, or "Vs. Africa, Team Theme." It's my first vocal remix in a while and the biggest remix collab I've been involved in. Here's the breakdown of everyone involved and their contributions:

DCT (that's me!): phat beetz
LuIzA: guitar-related badassery
Random a.k.a. Mega Ran: first verse
Mr. Jones: second verse
Khakolak Boy: third verse, mastering, promotion of his upcoming album, "The Future" on KhakolakBoy.com (sorry, I got carried away. -_-)

KyleJCrb deserves most of the credit for coordinating this thing. After I sent him a WIP with a questionable-sounding guitar synth, he suggested contacting Luiza to play over it. After she properly rocked it out, he suggested asking Random to do a verse, which led to a few more collabs between Ran and myself. I then recruited Urbanizm Music artists Mr. Jones and Khakolak Boy to contribute some verses and the result is what I'm submitting here. And since I know people will ask, the "it" Kyle is referring to in that voice clip is Twitter, which is how Kyle recruited me. Hope everyone enjoys!"

So yeah, Kyle deserves an Executive Producer or Casting credit here, as those were some ace recommendations that clearly got the collab ball rolling. The end result is a mix that really shows off what a collab can be, with everyone bringing their A game and lending distinct voices (literally and figuratively) to a finished mix that's an instant classic. Of his successor, initial director Alan Bish writes:

"This is another track that came entirely from KyleJCrb's connections in the remix community. This remix's life started as a solo effort from DCT. Kyle asked for guitars, which LuIzA stepped up and expertly provided. Then Kyle asked for rappers, so DCT brought in Mr. Jones and Khakolak Boy from his Urbanizm Music label. The addition of nerdcore megastar Random, a.k.a. Mega Ran, sealed the deal as one of the hottest tracks on this album. This remix is nothing short of a hip-hop masterpiece."

Kyle & Duane made some perceptive, intelligent decisions about how best to make the original WIP come alive, and kudos to LuIzA, Random, Mr. Jones, and Khakolak Boy not just for doing a balls-to-the-wall awesome job, but for agreeing to help out in the first place. It's a cheesy, almost gratuitous simile, but that doesn't make it not true: dodegball is about teamwork, and so was this album, and in particular this mix. Hats off to everyone involved; check out the rest of Super Dodge Ball: Around the World for more great music!

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2012-11-12 11:37:33
Holy mother of god! Now that is what I consider some good rapping! And to throw in some great beats by DCT with LulzA's excellent guitar work, and you've got one of the best tracks on the Around The World Album. The little breakin' freakout bit at 1:56 made my jaw hit the floor, that's how much I loved it. This is one of those ReMixes that raises the bar and makes everyone else step it up, so damn good stuff everyone.
Bahamut
on 2011-12-05 23:24:02
This is some pretty great stuff, but I wouldn't expect less from this assortment of great people from the community. Good rapping, instrumentation, arrangement, and solid mixing. The overall design is a true collaborative effort.
Cash
on 2011-11-08 22:44:55
Damn fine remix, that guitar work was great.
DCT
on 2011-10-11 14:57:20
Thanks for all the great comments!

Everybody involved with making this song really busted their ass and I'm glad the end result is so well-received.

And the Kenya/rap thing didn't hit me until after the song was done. :-?

-DCT
Emunator
on 2011-10-11 02:52:40
This track redefines the term "A-Game" for me. In all cases, the artists involved have put out some really cool material before, but on this track nobody is pulling any punches. I'm particularly impressed with how interesting and engrossing the instrumental version alone is, Luiza's creative guitar effects just work so well with what DCT laid down for the rest of the beat. And each of the rappers did an amazing job, as well. Definitely one of the most finely-polished mega-collabs to come through the front page in quite some time, and in a genre that's rarely touched on the site. This is a win on all accounts! :-D
docnano
on 2011-10-10 21:36:59
WOW, liked this way more than I expected to. Held my attention all the way through with its strong lyrics AND musicality. (rating: arbitrary number/same arbitrary number)
SuperiorX
on 2011-10-10 20:43:49
Yeah, when I heard Mega Ran, I was like "aww, this shit is legit". Great track by the way! The whole album is top-notch. I'm not familiar with the game or soundtrack at all, so I had no expectations going in. Really top quality songs all around. Great job to everyone!
KyleJCrb
on 2011-10-10 19:10:54
Sir Jordanius;813071 wrote: ^ this is why. i thought it was going to be a cheesy satire rap but then I got smacked by some legitimate rhymes.

Your first clue that it was legit should've been that it had friggin' MEGA RAN on it. We weren't messin' around here!
Monobrow
on 2011-10-10 19:07:15
Well, yeah this sure was fresh dope! Or dope fresh!
Anyway, I'm really impressed by the mesh of DCT's arrangement and Luiza's guitars, from listening to the instrumental version. Then the rap just glided on in for some sexy smooth, and some embellishments fucking win.
I had no idea what most of these songs sounded like until now, and I'm very impressed!
Rap on this site is REALLY hit or miss with me but this was spot on :J
Damashii!!
on 2011-10-10 18:49:30
Liontamer;813024 wrote: And let's be clear, a huge failure on your part. :lol:


Brandon Strader;813037 wrote: MAKING THE KENYA THEME RAP IS TOTALLY RACIST


^ this is why. i thought it was going to be a cheesy satire rap but then I got smacked by some legitimate rhymes.

so now i know that you guys use sneaky marketing tactics in the trailers. :nicework:
KyleJCrb
on 2011-10-10 17:39:19
I had a decidedly small part in this compared to the ones who actually did the work. I merely directed DCT toward folks who I knew could deliver, and he ended up directing what was basically a mini-project within a project.
As proud as I am of the entire album and how everyone came together with their A-game, this is probably the song I'm most proud of. Huge props to Duane for getting together an all-star cast of amazing talent and handling one of the best arrangements this scene has EVER seen. :-)
Brandon Strader
on 2011-10-10 17:14:11
Trailer clips can kinda misrepresent the entire song. I am liking this a lot more than I thought I would, even though MAKING THE KENYA THEME RAP IS TOTALLY RACIST. Very cool performances that make the song sound legit. Weak fade-out.
Liontamer
on 2011-10-10 16:19:34
Sir Jordanius;813021 wrote: heard it on the trailer and was thinking it was going to be whack

And let's be clear, a huge failure on your part. :lol:
Damashii!!
on 2011-10-10 16:06:53
oh HEEEEEEEELLLLLL naw!
this is incredible. perfect 10 right here, musically and lyrically.
heard it on the trailer and was thinking it was going to be whack, but this was very impressive.
Geneson
on 2011-10-10 15:30:06
Yeah, this is pretty ridiculous guys. I approve. LuIzA's guitars seal the deal for me.