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18th Oct 2018

This mashing together of Kendrick Lemar and A-Ha’s “Take On Me” is the most perfect thing you’ll hear today

Wil Jones

So, so perfect

One thing that is good: the superlative Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, who has released three of the greatest hip-hop albums of the decade and even won the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Another thing that is good: Norwegian synthpoppers A-Ha’s 1984 smash “Take On Me” – and instanstly infectious and endlessly catchy piece of perfectly crafted 80s pop, which also has one of the best music videos of the 1980s.

Often, mushing two really good things together results in something that is not good – for instance, mixing, say, roast beef with ice cream. You might think that Kendrick Lamar and “Take On Me” would be an example of that.

You would be very, very wrong.

Some genius called Noah Carlick on Twitter put the instrumental for “Take On Me” under the instrumental for Kendrick’s “Backstreet Freestyle”.

And it is good. Very good. It is probably better than everything Radiohead, Led Zepplin, and Queen have done put together, and nearly as good as The Beatles.

Here is the Soundcloud version as well.

It is nearly as good as that mash-up of Childish Gambino and Carly Rae Jepsen.