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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

'Stupididity': Themselves Reinvent The Remix

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Themselves, the indestructible duo of MC Doseone and producer Jel -- both leading lights of Oakland's Anticon collective -- is back with a new mixtape, rounding out a two-year trifecta of new material since The No Music in 2002 (after which Dose and Jel moved on, together and separately, to projects with other names, including Subtle and 13 & God). First came theFREEhoudini, a surprisingly taut and energetic mixtape; then came the proper release, the comparatively dense CrownsDown; now say hello to CrownsDown&Company, a haunted house full of reworked tracks from the latter, featuring mixing-board sorcery from Anticon regulars Alias and Odd Nosdam, relative newcomers Baths and Lazer Sword, and, uh, Themselves themselves. Our pick: Bracken's slithering boom-bap treatment of "Gold Teeth Will Roll."

But they haven't stopped there: Themselves are taking this remixathon multimedia, hijacking the likenesses of a veritable celebrity roll-call to promote awareness of, uh, their own existence with a handful of blurry, overdubbed meta-video videos:

Three more where that came from, courtesy of Yeah Haha Productions. Taste the rainbow of weird.

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