Over 40 years have passed since Led Zeppelin released their timeless classic “Stairway to Heaven”. The original song was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant, and was released in late 1971. Apparently, Led Zeppelin knew exactly what they were doing in regards to composing music, as “Stairway to Heaven” was voted #3 by VH1 on it’s list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs, placed at #31 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, was the most requested song on FM radio in the U.S., and hit #37 on the UK Singles Chart in 2007, despite never being officially released as a single there.
Just last year, Gramatik put his spin on the “Boss of All Rock Songs”, by adding a more modern, hip-hop vibe throughout the song. Even though Gramatik took the vocals out, he still managed to uphold the structural integrity of the original track and made sure that it was still easily recognized throughout.
That being said, today I bring you “iNtoxiK8ed”‘s take on the already remixed track. This new remix adds the one element that I believe was missing from Gramatik’s remix, which is lyrics from hip-hop legend Biggie Smalls. This song includes elements from 3 different genres, 3 different generations, and is spaced out over 4 decades.
This track is the perfect explanation of how music is way more than just instruments, rhythm, and melodies. Music can be explained as being the key that unlocks memories that were etched in your brain at some point in the past, and brings you back to that moment. Essentially, your brain uses music as a landmark to help maintain a timeline of the past, which also includes reminding you of the emotions that were felt at that point and time in your life. If this doesn’t make any sense, peep these tracks and hopefully you can get a better understanding. Enjoy!