I was totally taken aback because I never would have thought of matching those two artists, but I guess that actually might be why this idea sort of works.
I’ve got something of a weak spot for mashups, more for the idea than the result. In general, I sort of like the idea of putting two incongruous artists together into something new. It either really adds something to an artist or abruptly forces you to rethink why you liked the artist in the first place. This album does both of those things. Listen to the Life of Clocks and you’ll get what I mean. Coldplay’s mellow beats honestly overwhelm Hova’s rhymes, and it seems like it sort of exposes Jay’s lyrics as being just absurd. On the other hand, a track like Science is Ignorant works a little bit better.
But yes, the end result (as with most mashups) is that it entertains you for a few minutes and then you sort of get bored of it. But it’s worth looking at. You can download the album here.
Stream it off their Myspace Page: www.myspace.com/vivalahova