When I first discovered Girl Talk, my brain exploded so hard, that I needed a couple of weeks to recover.
Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, is easily the most prominent name in mashup music and has been around since 2002. He’ll put Young Thug on an Elton John song, and before your brain can register what just happened, Ice Cube is rapping on top of a Bee Gees track. But he won’t just mashup 2 songs, he’ll bombard your eardrums with 20-25 songs Frankenstein-ed into one track. It’s audio assault in the most exhilarating and exciting way possible.
His shows are also an absolute party. The energy is electrifying and the music is just ridiculously fun. Balloons drop within the first minute of the show, toilet paper guns fire streamers of single-ply at the partiers, and people’s minds are constantly being blown by hearing 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club” being mashed together with Vampire Weekend’s “A Punk.”
Girl Talk is a creative genius on levels I can’t express enough. We’d be here all week listening to me wane on about how he fought hard for sample culture and creativity to do whatever feels right in music, but for now, let’s kick back and watch this party unfold together.