Kool G Rap and Nas + The Ramones= “The Sedated Fast Life”

July 27, 2009 by  
Filed under music


Due to the positive response to Wu-Tang and Def Leppard= “Cream and Sugar,” I was inspired to spend my Saturday working on another mash-up track.

It’s a mix of one of my favorite hip-hop songs of all time, Kool G Rap ft. Nas “Fast Life,” with one of my favorite punk rock songs of all time, The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated.”

A little backstory on its creation. I was actually reworking G Rap’s vocals over another rock track, something from a totally different era, different vibe, different sound altogether, and I got to thinking, even though this sounds good, what kind of synergy do these artists have with one another. I spent a good 15 minutes trying to rationalize it and couldn’t come up with anything substantial.

I kept coming to this part of “Fast Life” where the hook says, “Livin the fast life with fast cars, everywhere we go people know who we are/ a team from out of Queens with the American Dream…. ” And then I thought, what’s another team from out Queens with the American Dream? The Ramones!

I imported the audio for “I Wanna Be Sedated,” and I instantly felt that the double time signature worked great with the “Fast Life” vocals. The song went from a slow, prodding rap song (albeit a great one), to a driving rock tune.

I chopped out a few pieces of Joey Ramone’s “oh oh oh oh oh” parts to give it some variation, then dropped the first instance of the “I Wanna Be Sedated” hook after G Rap’s verse, and another instance of it from later in the Ramones song after Nas’s verse. There’s actually a chord change in this 2nd instance of the Ramones’ hook that I really wanted to expound upon for the G Rap/Nas back and forth on the last verse, but there really wasn’t enough clean source material (without Joey’s vocals) to rework it into something usable. So I just went back to the main chord that is used for the bulk of the song.

From a conceptual standpoint, I also dig the fact that these songs are like polar opposites. Here’s G Rap and Nas rhyming about the fast life, attaining these great things, high finance and luxury goods. Basically, being a success. The American Dream realized. And the Ramones are just like, “hey, that’s great, but get me out of here.” Like screw the American Dream, life couldn’t be any less interesting than it is with all that crap. I thought that was kinda cool.

Feel free to download, play it, pass it around, whatever….

Kool G Rap and Nas + The Ramones= “The Sedated Fast Life” (prod by DJ Bailey and Gooch