With this brilliant mashup, DJ Topcat makes an unlikely connection between the old-school country music of Johnny Cash and the ghetto gangsta rap of Eazy-E — after all, both artists, in their respective days, were known for their “outsider” status, and frank honest lyrics that glorified violence and guns. And here, despite the separation of generations, race, and culture, it all comes together. This is one of the things we love best about mashup culture: seeing two artists — who seem incredibly disparate and with completely different fan bases — and finding that both are actually just two sides of the same coin.
In retrospect, most people think of Johnny Cash as always being in the public eye, and always being the Man in Black. In fact, Cash’s career was a turbulent one with wild ups and downs and surprises. From his start on the farm, through country stardom, drug problems, religious awakening and recent resurgence, there’s never a dull moment in the life of Johnny Cash. His story gives us a glimpse of Cash the Everyman in search of his American dream.
Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry) You’re My Brian Jones (Palmyra Delran) One Day At A Time (Joe Walsh) Johnny 99 (Johnny Cash)