October 15, 2010 10:51 ET

"Da Monsta Mash" Hip-Hop Updates Halloween Classic "Monster Mash"

New Take on Iconic Favorite Gives Nod to Original One-Hit Wonder by Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers; "Da Monsta Mash" and "Monster Mash 2010 (Up Tempo)" Now on YouTube

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2010) - Da Monsta Mash, a hip-hop version of the iconic Halloween classic Monster Mash, will be chilling audiences on YouTube starting today. The new, edgier version has been remade by Bigga P and Professor J with lyrics that include playful yet reverent references to Michael Jackson's Thriller and the original Monster Mash artist Bobby (Boris) Pickett -- peculiarly connected by their famous, ubiquitous Halloween songs.

According to Producer Bigga P, "These two songs are staples at Halloween, yet represent totally different musical worlds and tastes. The original is campy and humorous. Thriller is sophisticated and compelling. Da Monsta Mash's eerie atmosphere bridges that gap with its modernized rhythmic beat."

Written as "the song to play" to further commemorate the spook-filled Halloween nights, Da Monsta Mash offers a new take on the familiar favorite for the club scene set or private Halloween haunts. 

Bigga P added, "From a musical perspective, it occurred to us that Monster Mash was actually the first Halloween rap. We evolved it more for today's hip-hop charged audiences looking for a slower follow-up song after they've danced their butts off to Thriller -- and then want to linger on the dance floor with Halloween nostalgia."

Two renditions will appear on YouTube, the layback, "get your monsta sway on" version at Da Monsta Mash and a more upbeat club (audio) variation at Monster Mash 2010 (Up Tempo).

As a distinctive part of music history, the original Monster Mash was released and became a hit three different times: 1962 on the Garpax label, then in 1970 and 1973 on the Parrot label.

Da Monsta Mash marks the launch of, the new destination for Halloween dance songs and their aspiring music composers.

Professor J, the artist whose 38 intricate tracks create the ghostly, maniacal ambiance, said, "There's a scarcity of mainstream Halloween music. We've updated the 'get up and move' spirit of the original version for dancing at clubs and parties today."

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