ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Solace'

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The Joker returns and 2P debuts on a rap/hip-hop Zelda track with some well-crafted lyrics & beats. I'll confess, the first time I listened to the beginning of this mix, I was scratching my head a little and not really feeling it, but it's REALLY grown on me in repeated listens, and certain lines - "But it's not what you know, no it's who you know" - have legitimately stuck with me. 2P's voice/delivery are unique and take some getting used to, but his sleepy-quick style actually fits the rising & falling bell arpeggios and legato string lines quite well. All I gotta say is, if you don't dig the first thirty seconds, KEEP LISTENING because by the time the track's over, if you're anything like me, you may be turned around. Joker writes:

"In all my years playing Zelda, the Select theme has always been a source of peace & serenity. Nostalgia even. So, with Skyward Sword about to be released I was reminded me of just how awesome & serene the theme was and remembered a track I made a long time ago with a awesome lyricist named Phil (his last name escapes me). We ended up making a great winter themed hip hop track with an uplifting message. This is a resub from long ago, & hopefully it was worth the wait."

2P adds:

"I wrote the lyrics and performed them for this ReMix. The lyrics are in general about appreciating the people in your life that make you happy to be alive, and are told through the eyes of a university student living off campus. I wrote this at the beginning of my junior year, a year in which I was always busy and always tired. Sometimes you get overwhelmed or weighed down by school or work or whatever, but if you can just step away from it all with some good friends occasionally, then often you may feel like you got your footing right again and you're ready to keep it pushing. That's what these lyrics are about."

Sooooooo glad David resurrected this mix & improved it, because the more I listen to it, the more I appreciate just how well the lyrics & style fit with the source. Mixes like this tend to stir up some controversy, but I hope most can take a minute and dig a little deeper and grok what this collaboration has produced. Palpable writes:

"It reminded me a lot of Neblix's debut and similar songs in that it built vertically on a familiar riff. There's a lot of subtle additions like chord changes and harmonies. That was an excellent way to add depth because the focus here is the vocal and anything too crazy would distract from that. I found myself liking this a lot, the source was well-suited to rap. Great lyrics too."

Ditto that; just reading 2P's short blurb about his lyric had me nodding my head, and I like that the tone manages to be earnest & positive - pretty rare these days - without being cheesy or artificial. Great mix that takes a bit to get started & requires some acclimation, but bodes well for creativity & distinct style in 2013; kudos to The Joker and 2P for making something memorable, authentic, nostalgic, and motivational!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 10 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Salluz
on 2013-03-01 05:24:49
All of this talk about positive rap makes me wanna hear it. Doing so now.
YoshMaster
on 2013-02-28 22:27:16
Now THIS is what Rap was all about in the beginning! POSITIVE lyrics!!
LOVE this!
AMKalmar
on 2013-01-24 16:10:29
I don't usually listen to rap or even music with lyrics but I like this. Probably won't go on any of my favourite playlists but it's one of those songs I'll enjoy coming across occasionally.
Crono3of3time
on 2013-01-19 02:08:12
I was very distracted while listening to this song.
Do you have a Pop Filter for your microphone?... or am I hearing the hiss of braces? Eh. Those S's are rather poignant.
If you could tone those down at the recording stage, you'd have something quite nice to listen to.
Eh. I know its probably unintentional, but the intro says:
"to come and sit in my presence, and yes, it is so precious"
Which implies:
"you are not precious, so you should value me more than yourself"
It's a spike of arrogance that feels completely out of place with the rest of the song.
Crulex
on 2013-01-16 13:53:33
Quite the nice beat you have there. The rapping takes a second to get used to, sure, but the lyrics and delivery are pretty damn good in my opinion. Cool to hear the fountain used for a good ReMix like this one.
Daemos
on 2013-01-14 19:49:54
not being a fan of Rap I enjoyed this lot more than I normally would, I think it was the message that swayed.
Excellent job.
WesternZypher
on 2013-01-10 17:14:50
Sounds like you could hear it on the radio on Hot 97 any day now. NIce.
The Joker
on 2013-01-10 01:11:11
2p is the one that was in Minnesota. Not sure if he's still there or not.
BardicKnowledge;899237 wrote: I especially like the line "Now summer's almost over, the weather's growing colder, Approaching frozen sojourns - A Minnesota soldier."
Which one of you is from the area?
That aside, it's _really_ nice to hear a rap piece with a positive message, as mentioned in the writeup. Well played!
BardicKnowledge
on 2013-01-09 18:08:44
I especially like the line "Now summer's almost over, the weather's growing colder, Approaching frozen sojourns - A Minnesota soldier."
Which one of you is from the area?
That aside, it's _really_ nice to hear a rap piece with a positive message, as mentioned in the writeup. Well played!
djpretzel
on 2013-01-09 16:44:19
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