Posts tagged Nicki Minaj
I have definitely missed the creativity of The Catalina Rhyme Mixers! It has been 6 months since their last interaction with SoundCloud, it was a great one though – they dropped an entire album, “Mullet Mash.” Now they are back and have another creative collection of mashups entitled “Traylor Trash.” Get it? It’s a play on ‘trailer trash’ and ‘Taylor’ Swift. Yeah, I see what they did there too. This compilation has four mashups that are heavily influenced by Taylor Swift; Taylor’s Black Van, Twenty-Twerk-it; Spring Fling; and You Belong Right Above It. To me, I enjoy Twenty-Twerk-it the most, maybe it’s because it includes her 4th single that was released only a few weeks ago. I’m not tired of hearing it yet (and secretly, I enjoy more of her music than I probably should).
Spring Fling is very Pop oriented mashup with a plenty of Top 40 samples, most recognizably are the samples including Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. You Belong Right Above It is not necessarily a favorite of mine, but I think it makes it so that you can come out of Lil Wayne and switch genres relatively smooth. Which, when you think about it, is not something you’d expect a DJ to be able to do – go from Lil Wayne to Taylor Swift. Back to the first of the four, Taylor’s Black Van, it has that 80′s vibe with the iconic Ferris Bueller (as subtle as it is) beat in the background (or maybe it’s just me, though hearing that and seeing the original music video by Yello may have prompted a new WTF video entry). Either way, it’s a very upbeat mash and has more of an EDM vibe than the other three.
FrankCarmine makes music that girls dance to, I don’t think it can get much simpler than that! The Night Alive is only a day old and already getting a lot of attention. It includes samples from Hardwell, Dirty South, Krewella, Usher, Martin Solveig, and Rita Ora. Do listen to the whole song, but I have to say, my favorite section comes in right around 3 minutes. That EDM beat is what I enjoy the most! The whole thing is great though, a skillful execution without a doubt!
I’m putting this article under the Brand New category because of his latest mashup, but just in case you are new to FrankCarmine, I wanted to include a couple other favorites of ours. It would appear that as long as you have Zedd’s Spectrum and just about anything from Adele, you have mashup gold! Set Fire to Starships is a great concept, if you take that literally – Nicki Minaj on “American Idol” is just awful. But as a cameo on this mashup, not so bad (which also has Katy Perry).
Viva La Language is the other mega mashup I feel obligated to share with you. I mean, come on, how can you not with a single mashup that includes all of these samples: Porter Robinson, Nicki Romero, Coldplay, Pink, Chris Brown, Katy Perry, and Deadmau5. What a great mix! Check out FrankCarmine’s SoundCloud account for more great mashups… there just isn’t enough time or space to provide them in this one article!
He’s done it again, but even more so than usual. Mashup-Germany is out with his latest album! “Made in Germany” is two discs full of mashups. Granted, I’ve heard a few of them already. But, a lot of them are new to me. I would even say half of them include many foreign samples. I’d say German samples, but I don’t know my foreign languages well enough to say that for sure. Top of the Pops 2012 (Scream and Shout) has over 30 samples. Normally, that would be enough to excite me. But to my surprise, that wasn’t my favorite track. It’s a great stand-alone mashup; but, it’s not my favorite. With 26 tracks, I don’t have a favorite. I can dwindle it down to a select few (well, maybe not).
I’m going to skip CD 1 for the most part. As a lot of my favorite tracks involve samples that I can’t interpret (tracks 4, 5, and 12). CD 2 was a little bit better than CD 1. Such a strong start with California Finale, it included 10 samples from: Madeon, Cedric Gervais, Bob Marley, Will Smith, 2Pac, The Killers, P.O.D., Nickelback, Beverly Hills, and M.I.A. I was sad to write Nickelback and Will Smith when I was pointing out that this is a favorite. But I can overlook that to accept the glory of this mashup. Immediately following this is, I’m Coming Home, with another 10 samples: M83, P. Diddy, Bob Marley (again!), 3 Doors Down, Sting, Jamaram, Men at Work, Mighty Mike, Rihanna, and Cro.
For the rest of CD 2, I really enjoyed tracks 7, 8, 10, and 11. Berlin Banquet Bootleg was just a lot of fun to listen to – highlights being the Kraftklub, Blondie, Lilly Allen, and Paolo Nutini samples. I featured the Horst & Monika (City Lights Bootleg) a few months ago, and you can read more about it here. Tracks 10 & 11 have some old school samples, like Frank Sinatra (great, great idea!), and Elvis Presley (on both tracks). Plus samples of R.E.M. of Mumford & Sons fit well with the theme that Sinatra ads on I Did It My Way. The Day The Music Died, with Eric Clapton, Don McClean and MOZART was just a great way to (almost) end the album. Quite frankly, Mashup-Germany should have ended the album after this one and shifted the other two songs somewhere else.
It’s about that time that I stop writing, you stop reading and we both just start listening. For me, it’ll be a repeat listen, for you it may be your first listen. But regardless, you need to hear it!
I finally realized who Silver Medallion reminds me of – cKy! That was bugging me for so long, you have no idea (listen to Escape From Hellview to see for yourself). King is a mashup of Silver Medallion with Matthew LeFace, Matt Nash & Dave Silcox; which all together creates a great Progressive House track! After hearing that one, I found myself playing all of his tracks again (which is when I made the comparison above) and came across XNX Volume 2 with DJ Fresh Direct. Now I realize that isn’t technically a mashup, but I felt the obligation to pass it along (rather than wait for Wobble Wednesday). The mix includes 16 different tracks over the course of about 25 minutes.
*Bonus* I know I just featured DJ Burnout last week, but dammit, he did a Rugrats mashup and I can’t overlook it. Even though I think Nicki Minaj is a little fast over the theme song, it really has grown on me. Plus, it’s the Rugrats, and if you don’t understand why that’s awesome, you’re probably too young and have been stuck with boring cartoons.
Gangnam Style (PSY vs. Nicki Minaj vs. Pitbull vs. Dev vs. Fatman Scoop vs. Major Lazer vs. 2NE1) – DJ Penetration
Happy Labor Day and Mashup Monday to everyone! Hope everyone had a nice relaxing day or a good first day of classes! Today I’m bringing you a Gangnam Style mashup from DJ Penetration (@DJ_Penetration on Twitter). Gangnam Style has been a very popular song in the past few months. Here’s the original if you haven’t seen it yet. Some really sick dance moves in there that should be used in any available situation, haha. DJ Penetration uses samples from Far East Movement, Major Lazer, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Fatman Scoop, and 2NE1. I have heard many remixes and mashups to PSY’s Gangnam Style, but this is by far the best I’ve heard up to this point. Great transitions and sample selections; props to DJ Penetration.
*As of now, there is not a download link available, so keep checking the video until one pops up!
This is the Titus Jones mashup I have been waiting for! I discovered this Nashville this Nashville resident a few months ago when I heard his mega mashup, Bad Things Will Roll With The Devil, which takes on elements from over 10 different samples to an impressive level of mastery. But, I wanted to wait to feature a mashup that was brand new. Now, I have that opportunity and even better is that there is a music video produced by PANOS T attached to this one! It is my opinion that Panos T is the best mashup video producer out there. Titus Jones samples from 10 songs on Dance Alarm: Nicki Minaj, Avicii, Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen, Britney Spears, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Taio Cruz, Cascada, Etta James, and Dev. Even more exciting than this mashup is that this is the lead single from his upcoming mash album “After Shock,” which will be coming out on Friday, September 21, 2012!
Bad Things Will Roll With The Devil (Marylin Manson vs. Christina Aguilera vs. Jace Everett vs. Rihanna vs. Lady GaGa vs. Katy Perry vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs. Drowning Pool vs. 666 vs. Mike Oldfield) – Titus Jones