Welcome to part one of what may be the most 'unusual' musical threads we've explored here at Rapnerd.com. Today and tomorrow yours truly, Rap Nerd #2, will explore the intimate musical connections of two of the hottest acts in the industry, Coldplay and 50 Cent. While both have experienced global sales over the diamond mark (10 million) in just a few short years, in recent weeks they've made noise on the Billboard charts by matching feats set by The Beatles, another Rap Nerd Favorite. (but you'd already know that if you've been following along)
At one point after the debut of 50's The Massacre, the South Side Jamaica Queens MC was holding position on the singles chart with no less then 4 separate songs, two of his own and two from former G-Unit member The Game. Certainly no small task, in fact one that had only been accomplished by the Lads from Liverpool. Within a month, Coldplay had matched another Beatles feat by being the only other British group to debut a single in the Billboard top ten with the track 'Speed of Sound' from their upcoming album X & Y (already garnering critical raves.)
Well, RapNerd #2 has been a Coldplay fan for some time now (after being put on by a beautiful British lass from Brighton.) To my surprise, apparently so is 50. On the new album, he interpolates a Coldplay track for a standout song on 'The Massacre.'
Extra credit #1: Name the 50 track, I speak of, which we'll post tomorrow.
But that's not where the Coldplay Q-Boro connection begins. After the breakout success of 2000's 'Parachutes' some unknown DJ took the ballad 'Trouble' and mixed it with a hip-hop beat, for a very catchy dance track featuring a vocal sample by none other then the Infamous Mobb Deep's Prodigy, a former compadre of 50's.
Extra credit #2 & 3: Nerd points to anyone who can place the song where the Prodigy vocal is ripped from, and major props from yours truly if you know who the hell the DJ is who remixed it.
Tomorrow, I'll dig a little deeper into the Curtis Jackson album, including aforementioned the Coldplay connection.
Coldplay: Trouble (Remix) MP3