Flume and Notorious B.I.G — not much in common, eh? Actually, when you consider these two artists, there are actually a few significant similarities. Both seemed to come from nowhere and gained overnight worldwide notoriety at a young age. Biggie’s debut album, Ready to Die, came out when he was just 22, while Flume’s self-titled LP was released just after his 21st birthday (let’s hope the latter sticks around a little longer than the former!).
What they most have in common, however, is the smoothness of their music. I remember watching a Biggie documentary which compared his rapping style to that of a jazz trumpeter — so on-point was his flow — while Flume’s silky beats contain a heavy hip-hop influence. If only there was a way to put the two of them together! Oh yeah, we live in the 21st century.
Perth natives Jaymee Franchina and Jeremy Smith have done exactly that, grafting some of Biggie’s most familiar raps over most of Flume’s back catalogue. I find that mash-ups often don’t suit, and are often just for novelty value, but these tracks work. This collection is available on Bandcamp for streaming; I’ve picked “Juicy Insane” as my favorite, what’s yours?