Listen to Lana Del Rey Mashed Up with Notorious B.I.G.

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Fifteen years ago yesterday, on March 9, 1997, Biggie Smalls passed away. In honor of his memory, Terry Urban and Dope Culture have created a tribute album, remixing and resampling the music from Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die with the lyrics from Biggie’s Ready To Die. And it’s pretty good! There’s something about Lana’s dark, lolling instrumentals that blends surprisingly well with Biggie’s timeless rhythms. Then again, Biggie would probably make the soothing tones of a blender sound better. But maybe it all makes sense — Urban notes that Lana has told Vogue that Biggie was “one of her biggest musical influences,” which is part of what inspired him to use her for this project. We’re not sure what all this does for Lana Del Rey’s authenticity problems, but a connection to Biggie, even applied by someone else, is probably never a bad thing. Listen to the full album here.