Queen, Michael Jackson Featured on Controversial ‘Black or Free’ Mash-Up
Shortly after the tragic death of Michael Jackson in 2009, Queen's Brian May revealed that the King of Pop had befriended late singer Freddie Mercury and that the two even recorded music together before Mercury's own death in 1991. Those recordings never have surfaced, but thanks to a new mash-up by a DJ named Mighty Mike, a reasonable approximation of what MJ and FM playing together may have sounded like is now available.
Mighty Mike's mash-up, 'Black or Free,' features vocals and music from Jackson's 'Black or White' and Queen's 'I Want to Break Free,' with a bit of Queen's 'Another One Bites the Dust' thrown in for good measure (or bad taste?) during the breakdown in the middle.
Mighty Mike submitted this mix to something called the Stanton Challenge on the music mash-up site MashTix.com, and it was considered good enough for him to make it to the second round of the competition. But was it good enough for the fine-tuned ears of Ultimate Classic Rock readers? Listen to 'Black or Free' below and let us know what you think. Is it cool? Inappropriate? Blasphemous? Not even worth your time? Tell us the truth!
Round two will feature Mighty Mike facing off against another mash-up artist named DJ Addict, and each must use "at least two instrumentals in their track." Maybe he'll throw in some of the instrumental versions of Queen songs that were featured on the 'Queen: The eYe' video game soundtrack.