In the world of music, unexpected mashups that span genres are bound to happen. In 2015, artist Lido presented a blend of Kirk Franklin’s “Melodies From Heaven” with Junior Mafia’s “Crush On You.” Then, a JVP blend of Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s “Lean On” with Aaliyah’s “Rock The Boat” surfaced. Now, Kendrick Lamar and 80s band A-Ha are the next artists up on the mashup block.
As noted by Noisey, Duke University student with the Twitter handle @noah_charlick debuted the marriage of Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” and A-Ha’s “Take On Me” to a viral response. The melody takes some getting used to since Lamar’s high-life living lyrics on top of a bubbly synthesized melody isn’t something you would think you’d ever hear, but somehow it fits.
One of Lamar’s most memorable genre-crossing moments occurred at the 2014 Grammy Awards. The Pulitzer Prize-winning artist teamed with Imagine Dragons for an unforgettable mashup of “Radioactive” and Lamar’s “m.A.A.d City.”
“The first time we got together to rehearse, it was really clear that we were all on the same page,” the band said to Fuse. “We all wanted to deliver the same performance and it worked from the beginning. It’s usually not like that, so that was a really rare thing.”
Jam out below.