With two of the three songs off Side A of "Hot Rats" already part of hip-hop lore, DMC of Run-DMC and Talib Kweli have teamed up to contribute new verses for a remix of the third Side A song, "Willie the Pimp." The track always had what we considered a built-in hip-hop beat and a catchy sample-ready riff, so the remix makes sense to us even if it seems strange on paper. The remix is part of a new compilation called "Anything Anytime Anywhere For No Reason At All, Again Also" that marks what would have been Zappa's 70th birthday. The new "Willie the Pimp" will premiere tonight at a Grammy Museum event with Zappa's widow Gail Zappa on hand to discuss her husband's legacy in music.
While we anxiously await the remix, check out the original "Willie the Pimp," featuring the late Captain Beefheart on vocals:
- Frank Zappa