Who is the best Mash up artist?
Posted by milkdud9754 on December 8, 2010
My last post was about Girl Talk and the idea whether or not mash-up artists are unfairly using other artist’s songs. But now I would like to get your take on who your favorite mash up artist is. I’ll give some samples of ones I have deemed noteworthy, and you can broaden the horizons if you have one that you think is better.
This post was inspired by the article “The 8 Best Mash-up Artists (That Aren’t Girl Talk)“, I really enjoyed following the artists listed in the article and thought that I could do my own.
NUMBER 8: 5 & A Dime
Gregory Kantor, alias 5 & A Dime, is a mashup artist from Lehigh University. Born in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia, he has been DJing since 2004 and practicing mashup since 2009. His influences are a mix of club DJs, Super Mash Bros, and Girl Talk. He tends to mix mainstream music including Billboard 100, hip-hop, pop, dance, house, soft rock, 90’s and 80’s, and one hit wonders.
This guy is good, although he uses a lot of the common samples, he includes some that I haven’t heard much in Mash-ups which I like, but he earned his spot at number 8 due to his rookie status in my music library (I haven’t been able to give his album the attention it may deserve).
NUMBER 7: EASTER EGG
Nathan Pham a.k.a Easter Egg is a Portland, OR based DJ and mash up artist, focusing on simple A+B blends, full mega-mash albums and traditional DJing on the 1’s and 2’s. He is pretty awesome, another one that I have listened through his album, but haven’t spent the time listening that it deserves. His songs aren’t too long, but has a nicely flowing album “Jackin for Beats”.
NUMBER 6: Tenacious DJ
I just got Jonathan J. Santos’s new album “Albomb”, pretty clever I thought, and his creativity comes out in his songs. He uses newer songs which is nice to hear, don’t get me wrong “Juicy” by B.I.G is great, but can be overdone. His album is a good length that provides a quick and satisfying listen.
NUMBER 5: Speaky
I have been listening to Speaky for a while and when I listened to his album “Greatest Spits” I loved it, but then listened to “Blenda” which was awful, because it sampled movie lines which was bringing mash-ups in a different direction, but I was not yet ready for that. Although the author of the article mention above put Speaky as #1, here is what he said:
Speaky is the first to admit he was 100% inspired by “Night Ripper”. Infact when his “Mashcore Vol 2″ album was being passed around by his friends, they renamed it Girl Talk as a joke. Well, file sharing sites eventually got it and it was being spread AS Girl Talk. GT caught wind of this, squashed the rumor that it was his, and released “Feed the Animals” a couple months later. I will say this, his first two albums aren’t really anything worth talking about too much. They have their moments, but the main reason he is number one is because of his most recently released mash-up masterpiece entitled “Greatest Spits”. It is very good. Like, I almost hold it on the same regard as Feed the Animals. It’s a must for any music fan.
NUMBER 4: Top Flight
Jack Gallagher caught my attention by mixing “like a G6″ and “Ghosts ‘n Stuff” into the best use of Deadmou5 i’ve ever heard. He has at least 3 albums out that are awesome. He uses pretty awesome samples that aren’t all old and stale.
NUMBER 3: Milkman
Gregg [Milkman] Luskin was requested by one of my friends and i’m glad I listened to his request. I have 2 of his albums that are awesome and what makes Milkman so high up on the list is that he came out with a single that ISN’T mash-up and it’s SO GOOD! He even made a remix contest out of this awesome song:
NUMBER 2: Super Mash Bros.
I actually found them searching on youtube and downloaded their 2 albums very soon after. This group puts together some awesome very upbeat songs which I enjoy and have earned a spot at #2 due to how i’ve had their albums for so long and have yet to get the least bit old.
Here is a song that has the best use of “Hypnotized” in a mix:
NUMBER 1: GIRL TALK
Greg Gillis is Girl Talk, and he is crazy good and has really led the way in mash-ups, he has earned his spot as #1 because he is listed as one of the influence for each of the artists on this list. He recently came out with his new album “All Day” and I listened to it 3 times in a row easily the first day it came out. What sets Girl Talk apart from other artists is how much better his stuff flows and goes together, the range of songs he uses and the length of his albums make it seem like he puts more effort into it then other artists.
Although I hate to pick apart his new album since it was meant to be listened to as a whole, this would be one of the best songs off it: