Hence the joy of "Ballin' Oates," a recently issued set of renegade reworkings that pits the duo's hits against classic raps by, among others, Wu-Tang Clan, T.I. and Kanye West.
Sure, such mash-ups are less shocking than they were a decade ago, but as realized by the series' producer, the Melker Project's Scott Melker, "Ballin' " offers enough choice moments to warrant the set's free download. That's especially true considering that Melker records his own instrumental versions of the Hall & Oates catalog, then samples them, lending an air of musicianly craft to the endeavor.
"What You Know? You're Out of Touch!" features the pop-happy bounce of Hall & Oates' "Out of Touch" melded with T.I.'s joyous anthem "What You Know?"
On Melker's rendition of "Maneater," he harnesses the song's saxophone melody and Daryl Hall's smooth, pitch-perfect soul voice to augment a cappella verses from Wu-Tang Clan's classic New York jam "C.R.E.A.M." And the straight-up remix of "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" offers proof that at its best, the Melker Project doesn't need to borrow classic a cappella to deliver a surprise.