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It seems Rivers Cuomo is always trying to outdo himself musically, and is not one to stray away from a new music challenge. Whether its stretching your undergrad at Harvard to 10 years, or writing tribute songs to the U.S national soccer teams, Cuomo is always looking for ways to expand his musical boundaries. With a collaboration on hip hop artist, Vic Mensa’s, new album, Cuomo may be going into some uncharted territory.
On Mensa’s upcoming release, a sample of “The Good Life” off of 1996’s ‘Pinkerton’ has made its way onto one of the tracks. Clash reports that Cuomo heard the track, and was so impressed that he had to add his own vocals to the track.
While this may seem like an odd pairing, Mensa is no stranger to the alternative rock lifestyle. Mensa also hailed Nirvana and The Smiths as influences on his music, saying: “The things that inspired me as a kid, Jimi Hendrix, 2Pac’s ‘Dear Mama’, Nirvana ‘In Utero’ and ‘Nevermind’; they are just so meaningful – that music that really started my fire is just so timeless that I’m not comparing myself to a standard of Internet popularity and current music.”
Weezer just released their tenth studio album, another self-titled album (“The White Album”) on April 1st, and will be touring extensively in 2016. They will be coming to Toronto, with Panic! At the Disco, on July 6th at the Molson Amphitheatre.
Here is “Thank God for Girls”, off of ‘The White Album’: