Seriously, I do. Whoever decided to take two or more really good songs and smoosh them together (yep, that's what I said.......smoosh) to create something new is a genius, period.
Now, the term "mash up" may be a relatively new one, but mash ups have been around for quite some time now. Mash ups have gone from the simple blending of two tracks to putting verses from several songs over a reworked beat, a combination of beats or an instrumental. The art of the mash up has matured past the realm of hip hop and has embraced genres from country to rock, even from classical to the many forms of electronic music, to create a new experience. It can easily be argued that in blending so much together to create these songs, mash ups could be considered their own legitimate genre.
Now, when it comes to what songs get thrown together, it's all about the imagination of whoever is putting it together(I don't know what to call them. Mashers? Mashupeteers? We'll go with Mashers until some cooler than me makes up a word). If the Masher can get the timing to match then the sky is the limit; it doesn't matter what genre the lyrics or music come from. Matter of fact, the more off the wall the pairing is, the better it tends to be. One of my favorites right now is a mash up of Knuck If You Buck by Crime Mob and Hey Jude by The Beatles. They don't even sound like they'd go together, right? But that track is the truth. We'll come back to that later.
There are a slew of mashers, and if you haven't really tried looking for mash ups until now then it can be overwhelming. A lot of these guys are putting out some good work, some not so much. A lot of what you may like depends on what you like to listen to or how much music you recognize. I decided to highlight a few that I have been following for a while now and have been putting out some pretty dope work. And before you start in with how your bank account is set up, most of the music these guys put out is free:
Girl Talk has been getting parties started with his brand of mash ups going on over 10 years now. His brand of music and production has not gone unnoticed; in addition to nods from music culture magazines such as: Spin, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork, Girl Talk is currently working with Freeway on a collaboration album tentatively titled Broken Ankles. The potential is there for these two to be as highly regarded as as hip hop's latest odd couple, Run The Jewels, but only time will tell. In the meantime hop on over to Girl Talk's page and give him a listen. If you don't check all of his work, at least peep the albums: All Day, Feed The Animals, and Night Ripper. It's definitely worth your time. Jump to his page here.
Poetic, which mashes together Anna Kendrick's Cups,Kendrick Lamar's Poetic Justice, and Florence + The Machine's Never Let Me Go. Isosine also juxtaposes songs from genres that may have not had anything to do with each other, like Korn and Taylor Swift. Just let that sink in for a minute. For more of his music, follow the jump here for his SoundCloud page or check his Facebook page here.
here to his SoundCloud page and just check out some of his work. I can almost guarantee you find at least one track that you will rock to for a few days. That Beatles/Crime Mob mash I was talking about in the beginning of the post? Yeah, this guy did it. Matter of fact, click right here and check it out right now while you read the rest of this.That joint is serious. To fully experience The Melker Project, follow the jump here to peep his website and see just how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Once again, a lot of this stuff is free of charge or open to donations to support the artist. While I'm sure the fact that so much of it is at no cost has something to do with copyrighted material, artist ownership and all other types of fancy legal phrases, at the end of the day there is a lot of good stuff out there that right in a lot of people's spending range.....free. I said it before and I'll throw it out there one more time; there is a lot out there to sift through and quite a bit is garbage, just like in any genre of music. But I think if you use the featured artists as a starting point and go exploring from there you should be in good shape. Happy hunting.