Biggie Electrified: Top 5 EDM Spins
Notorious B.I.G is the epitome of rap. His posthumous releases remain strong to this day,12 years after his death. Considered by many to be the best that ever lived, Biggie set the groundwork for the modern day rap game. Some of his iconic tracks like ‘Juicy’, ‘Notorious Thugs’ and ‘Hypnotize’ still get regular airtime on radio stations and can be recited by nearly anyone with a true love for hip-hop and rap. Now that EDM has taken precedence in America, many producers have started to sample voices of the past, including Biggie.
Peep Vibe’s 5 tracks that have remixed Wallace proper under the EDM umbrella. Much respect for those who successfully sampled the big man.
Big Gigantic - Notorious Thugs Remix
The Colorado based electronica/instrumentalists have taken the music scene by storm. Successfully infusing live instrument play with DJ producer sounds like synthesizers and devastating bass, the production duo has gained national acclaim. Making appearances at some of the biggest festivals nationwide like Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco and Ultra Music Festival, ‘Big G’ has intoxicated the masses with their unique style. That being said, Big Gigantic released a remix to Biggie’s ‘Notorious Thugs’ last year. Highlighting their strong points as producers, this track is an eclectic mix of heavy bass and glitchy synths. Safe to say that this remix can be considered ‘notorious’.
Gel Abril + Andrea Oliva - Scene
Most likely, the majority of you reading this are thinking to yourselves ‘Who are these guys?'...Both Israeli producer Gel Abril and Swiss producer Andrea Oliva are considered to be part of the upper tier when it comes to techno/tech house music. Owner of the ‘Be As One’ imprint, Abril has also been featured on many of the world’s top labels such as Strictly Rhythm, Get Physical Music and Ovum Recordings. Andrea Oliva on the other hand is apart of the most respected outfit across the pond, Cadenza. For this techy groove filled gem, the two craftily used multiple voice clips of the late Wallace. One of the samples used features Biggie’s deep bellowing voice as he exclaims ‘I like that’....we’re sure that he would feel the same way if he heard this sick tune.
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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.