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the notorious xx

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update (4/6/10): Dear Mitch, if you're holding this letter, you already know” unfortunately, the powers that be have been, and, perhaps unsurprisingly (but disappointingly), the people behind the hip-hop half of this project have demanded that the album download be removed. a small part of me hoped that the music industry would have seen the value in spreading a piece of art that melded two disparate performers’ work together, thereby introducing each artist to a new audience, but they must’ve been too busy suing 9-year-olds downloading mp3s to have figured that one out. the notion that this project would hurt the sales of either artist is, in my opinion, absurd. but my opinion doesn’t have lobbyists and legislation, and thus, is frankly not worth much.

thank you to everyone who checked out the record -- I’m truly grateful that you gave it a chance. the response has been overwhelming, and I really appreciate everyone who checked it out and sent a link to or burned a copy for a friend. you guys made this project what it became, and I really, really appreciate it.
In 10 days, it reached the top of the hype machine, got featured on top blogs and New York magazine, and reached an audience of over a million people in 113 countries (check out the new press page for more). I never thought it would come close to reaching this kind of level -- I was hoping my friends would check it out and dig it -- and I owe you guys a ton for spreading the word: thank you.

to anyone reaching this page who wanted to check it out, I’m sorry that you’re not able to do so here. a little internet sleuthing should turn up what you’re looking for, but unfortunately, it won’t be on this page.

I am working on a new project, and encourage you to join the Facebook group to get updates if you’re into that sort of thing -- I’ll have new tracks, some merch soon, and am working on getting a live show/mini-tour together (if you’re a college student and want to book something, let me know). here’s to hoping that the music industry reaches a point in the not-too-distant future where mashups and remixes aren’t considered ‘unlawful acts’ :)

cheers, and thank you, everyone
-charlie (wait what)

...and the original post:
the notorious xx began as an idea in my sister’s apartment, where I was trying to figure out what it would sound like hearing juicy over vcr, and since then expanded to include all 11 tracks of the xx’s debut album chopped, sliced, and mashed up with biggie’s vocals. I made it over the span of a few weeks in boston, williamstown, albany, chicago, aspen, denver, and san francisco, and then mastered over 10 days in zurich, zermatt, london, san francisco, dallas, baton rouge and new orleans.

without the help, ideas, and support of a lot of people, it wouldn’t have been possible. thank you to everyone who helped out, gave me feedback, and otherwise influenced this project -- you were crucial in making this idea a reality, and I can’t thank you enough.

I had an awesome time making this album -- from the music to the art to the
video -- and I hope you guys have as much fun listening to it as I did assembling it. feel free to connect via facebook, vote on hype machine, get in touch via email, or tweet about it, but most importantly, if you like it, the coolest thing you could do would be to share it with a friend -- music was meant to be enjoyed by groups of people, and sometimes we all get so accustomed to being siloed off by our iPod earbuds that we forget that.

thank you for listening to my project -- I hope you enjoy it,

p.s. if you run a blog and want to write about it, that’d be awesome! if you
have any questions/want to do an interview, feel free to get in touch:
pr (at) waitwhatmusic (dot) com and check out this press release (PDF). enormous thanks to everyone who has already.

1. dead wrong intro
2. juicy-r
3. it's all about the crystalizabeths
4. islands is the limit
5. one more chance for a heart to skip a beat
6. suicidal fantasy
7. everyday shelter
8. basic hypnosis
9. infinite victory
10. the curious incident of big poppa in the nighttime
11. mo stars mo problems

and in case you missed it before, the video for juicy-r:

juicy-r [the notorious b.i.g.'s juicy vs. the xx's vcr] - wait what (mashup) from wait what on Vimeo.