MILWAUKEE — What do you get when you mix some of rap's most iconic songs with one of the most famous children's authors of all time? You get something that goes surprisingly really well together.
Wes Tank is rapping Dr. Seuss books to Dr. Dre beats. He has made just four of these mashups in the past two weeks, and he has nearly 2 million views.
"It's all just for fun, and it's giving families a little bit of a break. Maybe it gives parents a little time to let their kid go and watch something that they know is safe," Tank, the 'nurse raptitioner' from Milwaukee, said.
Dr. Dre x Dr. Seuss = 🔥 pic.twitter.com/mxkMstfgTB— James Groh (@JamesGroh_) April 13, 2020
Dr. Seuss is one of the most prolific children's writers of all time with books like The Cat in the Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Dr. Dre has won 6 Grammys and was nominated for 23 others. He was a member of the rap group N.W.A and worked with some of music's biggest stars like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and 2Pac.
So far, some of the songs and books Tank has crossed have been: Fox in Socks with What's the Difference,The Lorax with Still D.R.E., and Green, Eggs, and Ham with Forgot About Dre.
"As like an artist kind of like I like to find these like cultural mashups that you wouldn't necessarily think would go together but somehow are absolutely perfect."
For whatever reason, trunk-knocking rap beats compliment whimsical children's stories really well.
Besides the nearly 2 million views, he has received tremendous comments from people on his YouTube page thanking him for the fun bit of content he produced.
"I had no idea that that would ever happen," he said.
Tank, 36, owns his own media company and use to go on tour as a rapper. Combined with his acting experience, the theatrical Dr. Seuss/Dr. Dre mashups were something in his wheelhouse.
He plans on putting out more videos and hopes he can produce something even bigger when the quarantine ends.