February 23rd, 2004
Mouse Responds to Controversial 'Grey Tuesday'
Originally intended to be a musical experiment, Danger Mouses
Grey Album now seems placed in the middle of a brewing showdown
between music activists and major music corporations.
Grey Album uses the full vocal content of Jay-Zs Black
Album, recorded over new beats and production created using
the Beatles White Album as the sole source material. Danger
Mouse explains that "all the music on the Grey Album
can be traced back to the White Album. Every single kick, snare,
and chord is taken from the original Beatles recording." The
resulting record, being touted by music critics as one of the best
remix records in the history of the genre, is a unique hybrid of
work from one of hip-hops fastest rising stars.
a music activism group, has organized Grey Tuesday (greytuesday.org),
as a day of coordinated civil disobedience to protest
EMIs cease-and-desist order against the Grey Album
as well as a broader protest against major labels attempt to control
what musicians can create by limiting their use of samples.
Hundreds of websites are expected to participate.
flattering, says Danger Mouse. I did this project because
I love the Beatles and Jay-Z. I knew when I produced the Grey Album
that there might be questions and issues that this project would
bring up, but I really don't know the answers to many of them. It
was not meant to be anything but an artistic expression, and I still
hope that that is the way it's perceived".
Downhillbattle.org, the protest aims to draw attention to how
the major record labels stifle creativity and try to manipulate
the publics access to music, and its the perfect way
to explain to non-experts why the copyright system needs to be reformed.
or for worse, Grey Tuesday is a watershed moment,"
says Waxploitation CEO Jeff Antebi, the manager for Danger Mouse.
We are seeing the rapid speed of peer-to-peer come head-to-head
with a rabid, worldwide consumer demand for forbidden fruit. The
internet makes it almost impossible to hold things back from the
In an incredible
year so far for Danger Mouse, he has already received massive
critical acclaim for his Danger Mouse & Jemini Ghetto
Pop Life debut on the Lex / Warp label. SPIN calls the
album a "remarkable debut." URB dubbed it an instant
classic, and Q says its "spellbinding."
is currently producing an array of artists including Prince Po,
Tha Alkaholiks, MF Doom and Cee-Lo amongst
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