Listen to Perth DJ Yon Jovi's Dre x Beyonce 15-track Mixtape, Dre My Name
Mrs Carter meets Compton.
Yon Jovi is a regular DJ on the Perth club circuit (Chocolate Jesus, Ahoy, The Manor, etc) but it’s only in rare and special circumstances that he’ll output music on the internet. Which makes today’s Dre My Name mixtape a very special delivery from this pizza/party maker indeed. Yon’s cleverly used Dre as his base and topped it with some saucy Beyonce acapellas - a slightly cheesy idea, but that in Yon’s capable hands sees a supremely solid execution.
Given most of his internet mix offerings to date have taken an introspective bent; either reflecting on his own trials as a ’slacker’, or reminiscing on music from his ‘young’ days, the Dre/Beyonce mash-ups signal a break in theme, as the DJ offers a unique Yonce-ified take 15 individual instrumentals from 2001, the second album from West Coast hip-hop's premier auteur Dr Dre.
“The idea came about from djing in clubs and mixing Beyonce songs over Dr Dre instrumentals and letting them ride together,” explains Yon to Pilerats, “Due to my own laziness it's taken me around 1.5 years to complete. I’m pretty happy with the overall result."
Yon is loyal to the album’s structure, maintaining the album’s already masterful flow as he moves consecutively through the track listing, adding a Beyonce vocal over the top of each track. The seminal club track Still D.R.E. almost sounds like it was originally a duet, as Dre's vocals weave in and out of Beyonce singing Baby Boy. Murder Inc finds an unlikely bedfellow in Jumping Jumping, and Destiny’s Child’s rise-up warrior anthem Survivor makes for a nice thematic match with The Message, with Beyonce adding drama to Dre’s deep, personal lyrics. There’s some real loosies in here, too - the merging of Single Ladies / The Next Episode is ripe for the dancefloor, there’s a cool punchy rhythm on Bug-A-Boo/The Watcher, and Naughty Girl tucked into Let’s Get High is one sexy partnership.
Cop it free below. We can only hope this is the start of a regular series: