Philip Kollar of Polygon was kind enough to contact me for a few words on Final Fantasy - The 3/6 Chambers, the Final Fantasy VI and Wu-Tang Clan remix album I released for the game's 20th anniversary. Here, I speak about my unexpected success through the remix format, the effect my remix releases have had on fans and the wavy legality of mashups.
Derek Mead of VICE's Motherboard put together this article on the release of my first video game remix album, Chrono Jigga. Usually not a fan of this sort of thing, he says: "to call this a mashup is nigh offensive. It's a proper, classic mix, and all the credit to 2 Mello for both figuring out that Jay-Z really flows well over Japanese 16-bit compositions and for rather seamlessly putting it together."
Andrew Webster of The Verge wrote the first major article on Chrono Jigga. From here, the press spun out all over the place! "The remix album layers Jay-Z lyrics over classic chiptunes originally composed by the likes of Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Uematsu. What's most surprising, though, is just how well it works."
Going into detail with Game Music 4 All's Genoboost regarding the conceptual stage of Chrono Jigga, the reason for making mashups, the likeliness of there being more geeky and open mainstream musical artists and the diverse audience my work has attracted.
I spoke to Justin Heeren at The Daily Crate about the type of music I make, my process when deciding what things to remix together, my transition into video game scoring and my favorite video games of all time. I also got to "design" my own fantasy 2 Mello Loot Crate!
Before the release of Final Fantasy - The 3/6 Chambers, I had a chance to talk with Soul In Stereo's Edward Bowser about my thoughts on the composer of Final Fantasy's music, my influences on the mic and behind the boards, my opinion of current hip-hop production, and my favorite Wu-Tang song.
"Jay-Z meets Chrono Trigger in 2 Mello's 'Chrono Jigga' album" - Dave Tach, Polygon
"Mashup artist 2 Mello magically combines Jay-Z and Chrono Trigger..." - Jeff Grubb, VentureBeat
"2 Mello Releases Nas/Castlevania Mashup Album Nastlevania" - Victoria McNally, The Mary Sue
"Review: Read Only Memories Soundtrack" - Patrick Gann, RPGFan
"Review: Read Only Memories" - Daniel Starkey, Gamespot
"Read Only Memories breathes life into queer characters in Neo San Francisco" - Katherine Cross, Offworld
"Cerebrawl Is A 'Love Letter To Marvel Vs. Capcom 2'" - Chris Priestman, Siliconera
"Review: Chrono Jigga, A Jay-Z/Chrono Trigger Mash-Up By 2 Mello" - Rowan Kaiser, Gameranx
"Review: Read Only Memories" - Ben Davis, Destructoid
"Read Only Memories Review - Old School Adventure" - Angelo M. D'Argenio, The Escapist
"Review: Read Only Memories" - Derek Heemsbergen, RPGFan
"Read Only Memories Review" - Peter Paras, Game Revolution