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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Rapper Covers "Old Man": The Story Behind The Music

Here's Canadian rapper Redlight King sampling Neil Young's "Old Man".

We had to admit we were a bit intrigued because we've heard a hundred covers already. But we highly recommend checking this out in yet another genre-bending interpretation of the Neil classic.

There's also an interesting backstory here as well. Apparently, Neil's management refused to grant the rights to the song until Neil stepped in personally.

And here's that tale on the making of Redlight King's cover/re-mix of Neil Young's "Old Man". (via

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At 2/23/2011 10:16:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

rap o rap o rap
they call me the rapper

That's authentic and action, with a great cover by Neil for their interpretation. Many listenings forthcoming.

At 2/24/2011 02:42:00 AM, Anonymous steph said...

neil's gonna do a rap album next :D

At 2/24/2011 09:23:00 AM, Anonymous Eddy Ecco said...

Best thing I've heard in a while---
great lyrics and message--I hope this guy gets a career leg up on this---
Really cool to hear Ben Keith's steel and Neil's voice over a rap beat---but it's really the original harvest beat souped up a little isn't it?---glad Neil let it happen.

At 2/24/2011 03:33:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

I'm lovin this! what a novice idea fancy takin the lyrics to a classic Neil song and bastardising them!
who would of thought of that!

I'm an old hand!
it gets me in strife
with ol'Thrash
and my ol' bloody wife!

love lost,there's been a cost!
off thrasher's wheat
I've Nearly been tossed!
had ol'johnathon
sayin' to get lost!
just didn't know what to do?

i rang Neil i am an ol fan
been around for a while
I'm a dreamin man
a bit of a loner
in this foreign land
just didn't have a clue

time flys, just look in my eyes
its been 3 yrs since i was dispised
but ya never gunna see
a tear in my eyes
and i'll never ever be blue

coz I'm an ol fan
of ol Neil man!
its a love some won't understand
but while there's neil
Isn't life grand!
i sure got nothin to lose!!


At 2/24/2011 03:36:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Oh and steph?...been there done that! lol

forever mr young doc

At 2/25/2011 09:39:00 AM, Blogger RICK RANGEL said...

Doc..I'd love to hear you bastardise "Powderfinger"..just saying...

At 2/25/2011 12:51:00 PM, Anonymous Lee said...

For those of you who were at least mildly entertained by that, check this out. I'm a huge Neil fan and just stumbled across this:

It's a project that actually came out almost two years ago but I just found it. Hip-hop re-mixes of Neil tunes, but in a very interesting and thorough way. This guy mashes up Neil's songs with interview clips, bootlegs, live versions, cover versions in a very compelling way. Very chill, low-key takes on classic Neil songs. He also has a Beatles album and is apparently working on a Pink Floyd album in the same vein.

At 2/25/2011 08:08:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

funny you say that Rick.I've actually done that!
let me check my archival comments..I'm sure its there! lol


At 2/25/2011 11:46:00 PM, Blogger Shamus said...

That's very Trailer Park Boys.

At 2/26/2011 05:56:00 PM, Blogger Keith said...

Check out Doomtree's "Knives On Fire" for a nice sampling of Nash's Chicago (in my opinion, used and performed to better effect all around).

At 6/20/2011 09:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a huge neil young fan. I think you have done a great job with this rap remix. Well done Redlight!!! PB Illinois

At 9/02/2011 05:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to rape a classic.

At 7/24/2012 06:56:00 PM, Anonymous Flo said...

I'm not into rap but heard this on a photo hosting site that this months Picture a Day participant post images with the theme Melodic Memories. was the image.

I just a couple of days ago posted Here We Are in the Years which was also a PAW (PA Week) which was Then & Now.... As a kid in a swimsuit & again as an adult with Tony Lamas & the cowboy hat I always wear when I see Neil.

Flo AKA Cowgirl in the Sand an original Rustie!


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