Raymond Fiore
December 03, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Mash-ups — the hot circa-2002 underground trend of marrying disparate tracks — are entertaining because they force collaborations that would never materialize in the corporate world. Maybe that’s why this label-sanctioned pairing comes off like a sanitized nonevent. While Jay-Z delivers a knockout punch on ”Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You,” nothing on this forgettable effort compares to Jigga fronting the Beatles on Danger Mouse’s imaginative Grey Album bootleg.

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