A friend of mine brought this to my attention today. Knowing that I am a long time Neil Young fan, she warned me and told me to "YouTube it if I wanted to be disgusted". Most people that know me, know that sometimes I have a sick perversion for bad music. It's like driving by a car accident on the highway; it's hard to resist a quick glance at the wreckage. So I couldn't help myself.
This was my first (and probably last) exposure to Redlight King, a white rapper from Hamilton, ON. In his song "Old Man" he lazily samples the 1972 Harvest classic with the same name. Bastardization issues aside, the beat is terribly stock and generic, and the rapping is painfully pedestrian. Granted, it will likely give Neil some exposure to the younger crowd. But I don't think it will end up on the playlist of any loyal Neil fan (or hip hop/rap fan, for that matter).
Here, decide for yourself. But consider yourself warned. :)
Old Man Redux:
Old Man Original: