Modest Mouse And Big Boi’s Team Up Has Us Thinking

Big BoiBy Zachary Swickey
We’ve been longing for a new Modest Mouse record for a while now, and it appears our cries have been answered through Twitter (truly the the hotspot for collaboration reveals these days.) Sir Lucious Left Foot himself — aka Big Boi of OutKast — is keeping this fad alive by tweeting about his trip to the studio of the indie icons:

“Been camped out in the Lab with Modest Mouse all week, workin on the new mouse LP, coolest cats ever. Long Live the Funk.”

Long live the funk, indeed! That’s all the evidence we have for now (not even a Twitpic, Daddy Fat Sax?!?), but any of sign of a new Modest Mouse record is well-received by us. And while this collaboration may sound pretty out there to some music fans, rap/rock collabos of the WTF-nature are abundant in years past. Here’s four that might have you raising your eyebrows:

“Judgment Night: Official Soundtrack”
Helping Emilio Estevez establish some street cred, this ’93 soundtrack is chock full of — what were considered at the time — to be positively groundbreaking collaborations. Cypress Hill team up on two tracks with Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam. Ice-T’s epically awesome Body County join forces with Satan’s favorite minions, Slayer. Helmet get together with House of Pain, Mudhoney get down with Sir Mix-A-Lot, Living Colour spazz out with Run-D.M.C. … nearly 20 years later, this album still rules.

Chef Aid: The ‘South Park’ Album
A 1998 “South Park” episode featuring a music benefit for character Chef (voiced by the late Isaac Hayes) spun off a soundtrack of its own. “Nowhere to Run” features electronic outfit the Crystal Method providing the music and DMX, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Ozzy Osbourne providing the growl. “Will They Die 4 You” features the unlikely tandem of System of a Down and Diddy (not to mention Mase and Lil’ Kim). Oh, and somewhat fittingly, the whole thing was produced by Rick Rubin.

Handsome Boy Modeling School, White People
In theory, little more than a throw-off collaboration between Dan the Automator and Prince Paul, Handsome Boy Modeling School is also so much more. Cat Power, Jack Johnson, and Mike Patton all show up here, as does Deftones’ Chino Moreno (who teams with El-P and Cage on “The Hours”) and the RZA and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, on a track that tens of people were probably clamoring for.

Blakroc, Blakroc
Spearheaded by Damon Dash (late of of Roc-A-Fella Records), Blakroc’s ’09 debut is a collaborative project between the Black Keys, and a variety of rappers. Ludacris, ODB, Jim Jones, Mos Def, and Raekown all make appearances here. The songs are a mix of Blues and rap, and word on the street is that a follow up is currently in the works.