Listen Up: “Personal Yeezus” by Chambaland
Anna Cieslik ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Editor
Everyone and their mother (including yours truly) seems to be obsessed with Kanye West’s new album Yeezus, and it isn’t limited to just the hip-hop community. In fact, the electronic dance music (EDM) community has embraced the album with open arms. As if having Daft Punk produce “I am a God” from the album wasn’t enough to give Yeezus serious credibility among EDM fans, now there are plenty of DJs sampling different tracks from the album. And while a lot of these samples have fallen short, mashup artist Dan Chaimberland, aka Chambaland, has seriously delivered with “Personal Yeezus,” his unexpected mashup of West’s “Black Skinhead” and Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.”
The two tracks blend together seamlessly, creating a completely new track that stands on its own as an amazing song worthy of more than a few listens. It’s almost impossible to tell what parts of “Personal Yeezus” are from West and what parts are thanks to Depeche Mode’s late-80s hit.
I don’t know if this is Chambaland’s way of paying his respects to West and Depeche Mode or just his way of cashing in on the popularity of Yeezus, but I’m definitely okay with it.