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Editor’s Pick 178: Maiko’s Kanye West/Taylor Swift Mash-Up by caitlindewey
September 19, 2009, 2:04 pm
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It was cute, at first.  But six days after Kanye’s VMA meltdown, all the “Imma let you finish…” jokes are admittedly getting a little old.

Thankfully, one unlikely DJ has emerged from the fray to feed our lingering “Kanye-gate” obsession without resorting to yet another lame Beyonce pun.  Matt Kammerer, a Hawaiian electronic musician who goes by the name Makaio, released an irresistible mash-up of Kanye’s “Stronger” and Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” earlier this week.  In an interview with Paste magazine, Kammerer said  the original impulse behind the mix was sympathy for the downtrodden Swift — like many of us, he thought “oh this poor girl!” when he saw the VMAs.

“And then I started thinking, oh, it’d be amazing if I could put some Kanye on here,” Kammerer told Paste.  “I thought it would be fun and, forgive me for using this horrible term, post-modern, to put these two artists from completely different genres together, playing off of that conflict from Sunday night.”

I don’t know about postmodern, but the resulting track is definitely fun.  Stream it on Kammerer’s Youtube channel and watch for his two-disc debut, “Town/Country,” scheduled to drop sometime this year.

— Caitlin Dewey, Editor in Chief

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