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Postmodernism and the mashup

by Critical Commons Manager

The pleasure of activating intertextual associations seems insufficient to describe the brilliance of this mashup by VJ Brewski which combines Nena's 99 Red Balloons with Jay Z's 99 Problems. In keeping with the postmodern trope of language games, the concept for this video presumably started with the simple connection between the two songs via the number 99. Brewski, however, draws out additional similarities between the two performances through intercutting and mixing of audio tracks. How do the seductive pleasures of remix relate to the mixed political messages of the video?

99 Luft Problems remix

Remix of Nena's 99 Luft Ballons and Jay Z's 99 Problems

from 99 Luft Problems (2007)
Creator: VJ Brewski + Jay-Zeezer
Posted by Steve Anderson