By Allison Stewart
A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind.
The Black Keys: "Tighten Up"
The Keys re-team with Danger Mouse for this atypically muted, un-swamplike new track.
Kingpen Slim featuring Jim Jones: "My Life Is a Movie"
The DMV star pairs with Jones for this old-school-soul-reminiscent track, which will reportedly make an appearance on Slim's upcoming "The Beam Up 2."
(Mary J. does Zeppelin, after the jump.)
Mary J. Blige: "Stairway to Heaven" (Led Zeppelin cover)
Blige recorded this less-weird-than-you'd-think-it-would-be cover of the stoner classic for release as an international bonus track. Also at the link: her R&B-meets-hair-metal cover of "Whole Lotta Love." And yes: Both of these things really exist.
Ski Beatz featuring Jean Grae, Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz and Mos Def: "Prowler 2"
Producer Ski oversees a jaw-dropping array of talent, including elusive MC Grae, on this killer track from his upcoming, already fabled "24 Hour Karate School."
Big Star: "Thirteen" (Alternate Mix)
The Alex Chilton/Chris Bell masterwork gets the slightest of tweakings on this alternate version from last year's comprehensive Big Star box set, "Keep an Eye on the Sky."