As history teaches time and again, just because something can be done doesn’t always mean that it should be done. Current technology makes facile, for instance, the aural intermingling of Kanye West’s relentlessly self-referencing “I Miss The Old Kanye” from The Life Of Pablo and the ukulele-tinged closing theme from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. But should such a thing be done? In this case, the answer happily is yes. These two compositions were made for each other, as demonstrated by a remix artist who self-identifies as ASADI. His YouTube account describes his sound as “Persian trap music,” but “SpongeBob, Meet Kanye West” is well outside that purview. A modest, 48-second video showing ASADI’s process in creating the mashup with his trusty Maschine groovebox has already captured some attention on Reddit.
For those who are not as interested in how the track came together but just want to enjoy the music on its own, ASADI has posted an audio-only version of “SpongeBob, Meet Kanye West” to his SoundCloud account.
Both tracks benefit from this harmonious if unlikely marriage. The SpongeBob closing theme, previously a cheerful if directionless instrumental, gains a new sense of urgency and purpose in this mashup. And the West track is finally given an opportunity to relax and stretch its limbs in the carefree tropical paradise that is Bikini Bottom. The hardworking song, in other words, has been given a much-needed vacation. And, please, no jokes about West being a gay fish.