|Gregg Michael Gillis (Girl Talk)|
Gregg Michael Gillis, better known by his stage name Girl Talk, is a sample Disc Jockey (DJ) from Pittsburgh, PA, that specializes in mashups. A mashup, if you are unfamiliar with the term, is the seamless blending of two or more pre-recorded songs to create a new song. The first song I had the pleasure of hearing that was architected by Girl Talk included a mix of Elton John’s Tiny Dancer and The Notorious B.I.G.’s Juicy. I was immediately hooked.
Girl Talk samples songs of artists from many musical genres. However, I find the most successful of his aural experiments to contain a hard beat, a rock and roll instrumental, and hip hop lyrics. My favorite of his albums is his most recent, All Day. The album opens with Black Sabbath’s distinctive early metal guitar riff from War Pigs when, suddenly, Ludacris’ booming voice is briefly heard reciting lyrics from his song, Move Bitch (Get Out the Way). Ozzy Osborne’s angelic vocals are soon interwoven with Ludacris' and the two songs become one. Girl Talk virgins will be confused at this point, in the same fashion as taking a big swig of milk but expecting to taste soda. There is that brief moment when you taste nothing because your tongue is giving your brain information different than what it expects and there is a synaptic misfire. The same happens when listing to Girl Talk, except it is one’s sense of hearing, instead of taste, that is baffled. Once your brain catches up and figures out what is going on, you realize that the songs Girl Talk has chosen to mashup are just right and it makes total sense.
Girl Talk has never paid for a sample. I’m not sure how he gets away with such copyright infringement, and I’m not sure he does either. However, it might be because he does not charge for his music. You can go to his record label’s website right now and download his complete discography in MP3 format for free, and I recommend that you do just that. Welcome to a new way to listen to all of your old favorites.
Listen to Girl Talk's full album, All Day, on YouTube by clicking above. The album begins with the mashup of Black Sabbath and Ludacris.
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