So there’s that Notorious B.I.G. duet with Bob Marley that came out last month. Billboard reported it without comment. “Deceased duo’s collaboration is first single on rapper’s third posthumous album,” proclaims Reuters. It’s so messed up. It’s worse than that time they made Fred Astaire dance with the [Dirt] Devil by the pale moonlight.

Thankfully, The Guardian is calling bullshit on it.

The guilty parties, of course, are the late artists’ estates – the teams of lawyers, accountants and trustees that manage dead performers’ assets, usually under the guidance of one or more of the deceased’s relatives. When Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981 he did not leave a will. After years of legal battles, his widow Rita and the immediate family now control every aspect of the Marley oeuvre, from artwork to new releases. It is them I hold responsible for sanctioning an effort that does nothing to uplift the legacy of the great man.

BIG’s estate, overseen by his mother Voletta Wallace, would deny that it is cashing in on Marley’s reputation to shift records, but the music mogul behind the single, Sean “Diddy” Combs, must have thought he’d come up with the perfect crossover combination. What would happen, he must have asked himself, if the man touted by some as greatest ever rapper made sweet music with one of the giants of reggae? Thanks to the magic of digital technology, you’ll soon all be able find out.

Duets with murdered musicians is going to be the keytar of the new millenium.

 
Comments (15)
  1. keyyyyyytar  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2005 0

    i ate a keytar.

  2. BAMALAMARAMADAN  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2005 0

    more psychotic drivel?

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  3. da truf  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2005 0

    how many times did jim start writing a blurb about pitchfork’s review of fiery furnaces today and then delete it

  4. None. Don’t care.

  5. This is one of the best post title i ever read!

  6. da truf  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2005 0

    you love it jim.

  7. It’s true. Is it a stupid review? I checked the BoC review because we got an email that said, “have you seen it? it’s shit!” and they were right.

  8. As the recent purchaser of a keytar, I find that comment offensive.

    Apt, but offensive.

  9. Calli  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2005 0

    Anyone know where I can download that video of Fred and the vacuum?

  10. LL Cool F  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2005 0

    They buried the vacuum in Forest Lawn.

  11. Mel  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2005 0

    ANyone got juicy gossip on Perez Hilton? Or just hate him? LOL Check out http://www.fadedyouth.blogspot.com/

    Call it funny or evil or whatever you will….

  12. also, a girl I know once had to tell her younger sister that Tupac was dead. this was like two years ago.

  13. nick  |   Posted on Oct 25th, 2005 0

    this volkswagon virel ad featuring gene kelly is far farrrr better than the dirt devil one..

    http://www.devilducky.com/media/25187/

  14. I Still want to hear an Elvis & TuPac collaboration. I mean think about it, they’re both dead, or alive. It’s totally logical that they would get together and cut an album, or at least a song together.

  15. fugetaboutit  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2005 0

    biggie ate bob

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