I’ve got one question for you: which of the following three is more fly?
(a) Mickey “scratching” a record
(b) Donald and Goofy with their hats backwards and big gold chains
(c) Chip and Dale breakdancing
If you answered “(d) all of the above,” the new Japanese hip hop vs. Disney compilation Breaks & Beats Disney is for you. A lot of (misinformed!) people accuse Japanese hip hop of not keeping it real, but thanks to generous financial backing from the Walt Disney Corporation, Japanese hip hop giants like MURO, DJ Hasebe, and Zeebra have been able to take hip hop out of its original staid street setting to the new, unexplored territory of gift shops and five year-olds’ birthday parties.
But just because the album’s cover is printed on shiny gold foil doesn’t mean that they’ve sold out — honestly, is there a real difference between doing a hard-hitting street remix of “Mary Poppins” and replacing the word “Tennessee” with “Hennessy” in a new version of that old Arrested Development song? The world has waited too long to hear a “back-in-the-dayz” electro remix of the “Main Street Electrical Parade” and finally someone was willing to get into the dirt and pull this magic out of the garden. (And the CD comes with a free gold sticker of goofy with a ghetto blaster.)
I know what you’re thinking: “Disco Duck” was a harbinger for the end of disco. Well, I’ve got news for you: Rick Dees is barely involved with this project, and I’ve been told Dimitri from Paris is preparing remixes of Mickey Mouse Disco. And if Japan still leads the world in cutting-edge underground culture, we’ll soon hear 50 Cent and the Bucket Hat Guy that’s Probably Tony Yayo dropping rhymes over Mulan grooves on mixtapes from the Pelham Parkway to Pacific Palisades.