heRobust - Lover’s Duet (ft Tupac & Notorious B.I.G)
Atlanta based producer Hayden Kramer has been on the forefront of blending multiple genres since his emergence in 2011. Since then he has shared the stage with fellow innovators such as Flying Lotus, Daddy Kev and Shlomo. For one of his most recent creations, Kramer remixed Biggie’s ‘Crush On You’ and mashed it with Tupac’s ‘Do For Love’ to make up his ‘Lover’s Duet’. Referring to it as the long lost love tape between B.I.G and Pac, Kramer’s rework is an incredible remix as it perfectly meshes the rap titan’s vocal samples with a synthy rhythmic bassline. Although the two rappers had beef with one another before their unfortunate demise, they most certainly would have agreed that this track is dope.
Robotic Pirate Monkey - Miley Is Trippin’ (Ft Miley Cyrus + Notorious B.I.G)
Another production crew hailing from Colorado, Robotic Pirate Monkey was started by 3 college students who came together while realizing they shared common interests. Since then, the trio has taken the scene by storm in a considerably short amount of time. Boasting an arsenal of unique remixes featuring just about anything they think is cool, RPM has amassed a nationwide following with ease. Some of their bass filled mashup/remixes include the likes of Bob Marley, The Smashing Pumpkins and Aerosmith to name a few. On their EP release ‘Jungle Tales Vol 1’, the Colorado-ians present Biggie lovers with what we think is the freshest take on sampling the rapper’s original. Would you think that Miley Cyrus and Big would ever appear on a track together? Hell no. Hypothetically, let’s say this did occur, would you think it would be anything close to cool? Probably not, but I am happy to say that the answer is yes in this case. While using Cyrus’ teeny booper anthem ‘Party In The USA’ and Big’s ‘Party And Bullshit’ in an innovative way, they pack the tune with MASSIVE bass. The creativity of this crew is hard to match. Let’s just say they offer show attendees something sick to hear so that they to can ‘party and bullshit’.
Girl Talk - Smash Your Head
Considered to be the ‘Mashup Master’, Pittsburgh native Gregg Gillis aka Girl Talk has made a successful career by creating tracks that New York Times Magazine refers to as ‘A lawsuit waiting to happen’. Let me assure you, this man is no idiot. Outside of music, he holds a degree in biomedical engineering. That being said, for me to claim that this guy raised the bar for what is considered a good mashup, I’d be underselling it. He has released five albums in which every track is a conglomerate of random artist’s originals. In actuality he is so creative in his mashup methods that it is hard to truly claim he is stealing anything but rather doing what DJs do on a more intricate level (you try sampling and layering 200 tracks on any given album). Over the years he has gained praise from just about anyone who has heard his mashups and I guarantee that most of you have heard this one. ‘Smash Your Head’ was released on Gillis’ album ‘Night Ripper’. This track manages to mix the voices of Elton John, Young Jeezy and of course Biggie. While only touching the tip of the iceberg when referring to the actual amount of tracks cut up and rearranged for this mashup, it still truly is a ‘Juicy’ creation.