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Full Court Press is a collaborative hip hop album by American producer Girl Talk and rappers Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T., and Smoke DZA, released April 8, 2022 via Asylum Records and Taylor Gang Entertainment.[1] Full Court Press is Girl Talk's first full album in over a decade, following 2010's All Day.[2][3]


Three singles were released from the album: "Put You On" was released March 9 along with an animated music video directed by Lisa Ramsey.[2] "How the Story Goes" released March 23,[4] and "Ain't No Fun" came out April 6 with a music video.[5] A video for "Season" directed by Slick Jackson was released December 2.[6]

In discussing the recording process behind the album, Girl Talk said "These guys all go back with each other over 10 years, so it was just a great energy in the room", and that he "wanted to have an environment where they could do what they do best; try out a bunch of different ideas and have fun with it." He also noted the three have very different styles and "as a fan of each of them, I wanted to capture what it is that draws me to their music." The album was recorded over multiple days in a studio in Los Angeles.[2] "How the Story Goes" started with Khalifa recording his verse, followed by K.R.I.T. building the rest of the song around that verse, "captur[ing] the feel of the sample and tak[ing] it somewhere new."[4] For "Ain't No Fun", Girl Talk's philosophy was to make "a flip on the concept of Snoop's original, kind of from the female perspective of the titular line. I wanted to keep the production diverse throughout the project, while still maintaining a cohesive feel. This beat stands out in the context of the album because it doesn't have a sample and uses a more minimal style. But I thought that with some of the specific sound design and the overall energy, it really connected to the project as a whole."[5]

Girl Talk had previously collaborated with all three artists separately,[2] having produced Khalifa's 2017 song "Steam Room" which appeared on his Bong Rips EP the same year,[7] DZA's 2018 track "The Hook Up" from his album Not for Sale,[8] and the 2020 DZA track "Santos Party House", which featured Khalifa, K.R.I.T., and Currensy, and appeared on his album Homegrown.[9]


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Review scores

HipHopDX's David Aaron Brake called the album "particularly unique given each of the different rappers' unique style", but that despite their differences "their distinct influences are blended seamlessly thanks to Girl Talk's thoughtful and soul-laden production."[11] Pitchfork's Evan Rytlewski gave specific praise to Khalifa's performance, writing that while his "track record with albums is horrid ... as if the burden of carrying a full-length project sucks all the air out of him before he even arrives at the booth", "in short doses he's an absolute charisma machine, and with three co-headliners to help him carry the weight, he raps with uncharacteristic joviality." Rytlewski also praised Girl Talk's curatorial skills, noting that he "produces like his finger is always hovering over the skip button in case things ever get dull", but that "it's a credit to him that on Full Court Press they never do."[10]

Track listing

Full Court Press track listing
1."Mind Blown"3:36
2."Put You On"2:56
4."How the Story Goes"3:09
5."No Singles"2:30
6."Ready for Love" (featuring Nile Rodgers)3:14
7."Revenge of the Cool"3:09
8."Ain't No Fun"2:27
9."Fly the Coop"3:19
10."Everyday" (featuring Currensy)3:52
Total length:31:19



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  3. ^ Gomez, Jade (March 9, 2022). "Girl Talk Returns with New Single "Put You On", Announces New Album Full Court Press". Paste. Retrieved June 1, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Rose, Jordan (March 23, 2022). "Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T., and Girl Talk Release New Single "How the Story Goes" Off Collab Album". Complex. Retrieved June 1, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Williams, Aaron (April 6, 2022). "Wiz Khalifa, Big KRIT, Smoke DZA, and Girl Talk Party Like They Mean It in Their "Ain't No Fun" Video". Uproxx. Retrieved June 1, 2022.
  6. ^ Duong, Paul "Big Homie" (December 2, 2022). "Video: Smoke Dza, Girl Talk "season"". RapRadar. Retrieved December 14, 2022.
  7. ^ Coleman, C. Vernon II (June 24, 2017). "Wiz Khalifa Drops Bong Rips EP". XXL. Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  8. ^ Setaro, Shawn (April 10, 2018). "Premiere: Smoke DZA, Dom Kennedy, and Cozz Got "The Hook Up" on New Single". Complex. Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  9. ^ "Smoke DZA, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. & Curren$y Come Together in the "Santos Party House"". HotNewHipHop. September 18, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  10. ^ a b Rytlewski, Evan (April 14, 2022). "Girl Talk / Wiz Khalifa / Big K.R.I.T. / Smoke DZA: Full Court Press Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 1, 2022.
  11. ^ Brake, David Aaron (April 7, 2022). "New Music Friday - New Albums from Coi Leray, Fivio Foreign, Vince Staples, Syd + More". HipHopDX. Retrieved June 1, 2022.


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Wiz Khalifa (2023)

Wiz Khalifa (* 8. September 1987 in Minot, North Dakota; bürgerlich Cameron Jibril Thomaz) ist ein US-amerikanischer Rapper aus Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


2006 veröffentlichte er sein Debütalbum Show and Prove und bekam ein Jahr später bei Warner Bros. Records einen Plattenvertrag. Seine von Trance beeinflusste Single Say Yeah erreichte die Urban Radio Airplay, die Charts auf der Billboard Hot 100, bei Rhythmic Top 40 und die Hot Rap Track Charts im Jahr 2008. Khalifa trennte sich 2009 von Warner Bros[1] und veröffentlichte Ende des Jahres sein zweites Album Deal or No Deal. Im April 2010 erschien sein Mixtape Kush and Orange Juice als kostenloser Download, was zum Top Trending Thema auf Twitter wurde. 2010 unterzeichnete er einen Vertrag bei Atlantic Records.[2] und veröffentlichte im Anschluss seine bekannte Single Black & Yellow unter diesem neuen Label. Mit „Black and Yellow“ meint Wiz Khalifa die Hauptfarben der Flagge von Pittsburgh. Ein Jahr später erschien sein neues Album Rolling Papers, welches es auf Platz 2 der Billboard 200 schaffte.[3]

Am 4. Juli 2013 heiratete Wiz Khalifa das Model Amber Rose, mit der er einen Sohn namens Sebastian Taylor Thomaz hat. Die standesamtliche Hochzeit fand in Los Angeles statt. Nach nur einem Ehejahr reichte Rose aufgrund eines Seitensprungs ihres Ehemanns am 21. September 2014 die Scheidung ein.

Am 26. Mai 2021 erreichte Khalifa im Finale der fünften Staffel des amerikanischen Ablegers von The Masked Singer als Chameleon den dritten Platz.[4]


Wiz Khalifa beim Boston Urban Music Project im August 2010.

Khalifa stattet seine Lieder des Öfteren mit Aufnahmen seines persönlichen Lachens aus. Außerdem erwähnt er in vielen seiner Lieder die von ihm gegründete Taylor Gang Records, deren Name den Ursprung darin hat, dass er und seine Freunde Schüler der Taylor Allderdice Highschool in Pittsburgh waren.



JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
2006Show and Prove
Erstveröffentlichung: 5. September 2006
2009Deal or No Deal
Erstveröffentlichung: 24. November 2009
2011Rolling PapersDE67
(1 Wo.)DE
(6 Wo.)CH

(2 Wo.)UK

(65 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 29. März 2011
(1 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)CH

(24 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 4. Dezember 2012
2014Blacc HollywoodDE12
(2 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)AT
(4 Wo.)CH
(2 Wo.)UK

(66 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 19. August 2014
2018Rolling Papers 2DE46
(1 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)AT
(1 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)UK

(19 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 13. Juli 2018
2020The Saga of Wiz Khalifa
Erstveröffentlichung: 20. April 2020
Erstveröffentlichung: 29. Juli 2022



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  1. Jake Paine: Wiz Khalifa Leaves Warner Brothers Records. In: hiphopdx.com. 16. Juli 2009, abgerufen am 27. Februar 2024 (englisch).
  2. Wiz Khalifa Signed to Atlantic Records (Memento vom 9. Mai 2010 im Internet Archive)
  3. Britney Spears Snares Sixth No. 1 on Billboard 200 with 'Femme Fatale'. 6. April 2011, abgerufen am 13. April 2015.
  4. Michael Schneider: ‘The Masked Singer’ Finale Reveals Piglet as Winner: Here’s the Identity of the Final Three Celebrities. In: Variety. 26. Mai 2021, abgerufen am 27. Mai 2021 (englisch).

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Justin Lewis Scott (born August 26, 1986), better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T. (a backronym for King Remembered in Time),[1] is an American rapper and record producer. Born in Meridian, Mississippi, he began his musical career in 2005. He was signed to Def Jam Recordings by Sha Money XL in 2010, and first gained recognition following the release of his single "Country Shit" (remixed featuring Ludacris and Bun B). The following year, he guest appeared on T.I.'s promotional single "I'm Flexin'", which became Scott's first entry on the Billboard Hot 100.

Scott's debut studio album, Live from the Underground (2012) debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, likewise with his second album, Cadillactica (2014). In 2017, he launched the record label Multi Alumni to release his subsequent albums: 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time (2017), K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (2019), and Digital Roses Don't Die (2022). Each met with critical praise or acclaim,[2] Cadillactica was listed by Billboard and Complex as among the best albums of that year.[3][4] Furthermore, Scott is a noted record producer for other artists, with credits for artists including Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, T.I., Slim Thug, ASAP Ferg, Freddie Gibbs, E-40, and Berner, among others.[5]


2005–2010: Beginnings

Scott previously released several mixtapes, including Hood Fame, with DJ Wally Sparks and The Last King, with DJ Breakem Off. He also made guest appearances on Pilot Talk, the third studio album and major label debut from Louisiana rapper Currensy, as well as Kush & Orange Juice, the critically acclaimed mixtape by rapper Wiz Khalifa. When he started branding himself, he went by the name of Kritikal, before shortening it to Scott[6]

In May 2010, Scott released his mixtape, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, digitally, garnering critical acclaim.[7] That same month, former president of G-Unit Records and current Senior VP of A&R at Def Jam Records, Sha Money XL, signed him to the label as one of his first priorities in his new position.[8][9]

In October 2010, Scott co-headlined The Smoker's Club Tour 2010 alongside fellow rappers Curren$y and Smoke DZA.[10] In November 2010, Scott opened for Wiz Khalifa in Baltimore, Maryland Sayreville, New Jersey Winston-Salem, North Carolina and in Ashland, Virginia during the Waken Baken Tour.

2011–2015: Live from the Underground and Cadillactica

Scott at Clark Atlanta's Homecoming in 2011.

In early 2011, he was featured on the cover of XXL as part of their annual Top Freshmen of the year, along with the likes of other rappers including Meek Mill, Cyhi the Prynce, Lil Twist, Yelawolf, Fred the Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar and Diggy Simmons.[11]

In March 2011, Scott released his highly anticipated and entirely self-produced mixtape, Return of 4Eva, featuring guests David Banner, Joi, Big Sant, Chamillionaire, Raheem DeVaughn, Ludacris, and Bun B. The mixtape has been acclaimed by rap critics, with William Ketchum of HipHopDX calling it "emotive, conceptual music" and saying that Scott had given fans a "free album" – the magazine's highest praise for a mixtape.[12] Meanwhile, Matthew Cole of Slant Magazine highlighted Return of 4Eva in his mixtape review column as "the best mixtape of the month," going on in a separate review to call it "the rap album to beat in 2011 ".[13][14] Both critics praised Scott's production skills as much as his lyrics and flow, and both named Scott as a likely successor to Southern rap legends UGK, Scarface, and Outkast. On April 20, 2011, Tom Breihan reviewed the mixtape for Pitchfork, giving an 8.2 out of 10 and awarding it the site's coveted "Best New Music" tag.[15]

On July 1, 2011, Scott announced the title of his debut studio album, Live from the Underground. It was originally set to be released on September 27, 2011.[16] From October 12, 2011, until November 24, 2011, Scott co-headlined The Smoker's Club Tour 2011 with Curren$y and Method Man.[10] Scott released Live from the Underground June 5, 2012, to tremendous expectancy. It debuted at number one on the Hip Hop, R&B, and Rap Charts. He released his first single off the album titled, "I Got This" on May 7, 2012. He went on the "Live from the Underground" tour, which he headlined along with Slim Thug. In an interview on Bootleg Kev's radio show, on August 10, 2012, he confirmed that he and fellow Southern rapper Yelawolf were working on a collaborative album entitled Country Cousins. During the same interview, he was also asked about his favorite rappers, to which he responded, "Scarface. Man, I need these people in groups. Can I put the rest as a group? Outkast, UGK and 8Ball & MJG. That's what my iTunes consists of."[17] Scott along with singer Ashthon Jones collaborated with Lecrae for his single "Mayday" from Gravity.[18]

Scott in 2014

On January 10, 2013, Scott announced his next mixtape as King Remembered In Time. Also naming Mike WiLL Made It as a producer on both the mixtape and his next album. He went on to indicate this mixtape and his next album would not be entirely produced by himself like his previous works, with his album not being produced by himself at all.[19][20] The first single off the mixtape was released on February 27, 2013, titled, "Shine On". The song features rapper Bun B and was produced by Scott[21] He has also put out songs produced by 9th Wonder. Scott (King Remembered In Time) would be released on April 10, 2013. The mixtape features primary production handled by Scott himself and guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa, Future, Smoke DZA and Trinidad James among others.[22]

On June 13, 2013, in an interview with Dead End Hip Hop, Scott hinted towards the title of his upcoming second studio album, stating that the title is featured in the opening seconds of the Intro from his debut album "Live from the Underground".[23] In August 2013, he told HipHopDX that Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, DJ Dahi and Terrace Martin will provide some of the album's soulful production. Scott also said he has refocused his energy on his rhymes and delivery, as he allows producers to craft some of the beats for him.[24] On September 30, 2013, Scott announced that his second album would be called Cadillactica. In October 2013, he told XXL that Jim Jonsin, Rico Love, DJ Toomp, and himself would also provide production on the album.[25] On April 28, 2014, he released the first single off his second album, titled "Mt. Olympus".[26] The second single from Cadillatica, "Pay Attention" released July 25, 2014.[27]

2016–present: 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time and K.R.I.T. iz Here

After releasing twelve freestyles in twelve hours, Scott announced through Twitter that he and Def Jam had parted ways on July 6, 2016.[28]

On October 27, 2017, Scott released his third studio album, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time. The album marks Scott's first independent release under his Multi Alumni label, following a departure from Def Jam. It debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200.[29] The album was supported by four singles: "Confetti", "Keep the Devil Off", "Aux Cord" and "1999".

On July 12, 2019, Scott released his fourth studio album, K.R.I.T. Iz Here.[30]

On February 18, 2022, Scott released his fifth studio album, Digital Roses Don't Die.


I thank God I was able to come up with the acronym King Remembered In Time. It's something that I will never be able to live up to as an artist, but it allows me to keep grinding and not get complacent.

—K.R.I.T. talks his stage name in an interview with Respect.[31]

Scott's musical training began in elementary school up through junior high school playing the cello, and having the ability to read music helped him out tremendously as an artist.[31] While talking about how he started producing music, Scott said: "At the time, I was young and I didn't have no job. It wasn't like I could really afford to pay for beats. At the same time, there was this program that came out for PlayStation, MTV Music Generator, where you could make your own beats. So I started making my own beats right around that time because I just couldn't afford to pay for the other ones."[32] Scott has cited UGK, Outkast, 8Ball & MJG, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., David Banner and CeeLo Green as his influences.[33][34][35]

Scott is known in Birmingham, Alabama as being one of the favorite artists of the current Birmingham Mayor, Randall L. Woodfin.[36] "Mt. Olympus (Reprise)" and "Energy" were featured on Mayor Woodfin's Mayoral Mixtape, which was released on Spotify in the summer of 2021.[37]


Studio albums
Collaboration albums

Awards and nominations

YearAwardsCategoryNominated workResult
2011BET Hip Hop Awards[38]Rookie of the YearHimselfNominated
Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab)"Country Shit" (Remix)Nominated
Best MixtapeReturn of 4EvaNominated


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  38. ^ "Lil Wayne Leads 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards With 19 Nominations". XXL. September 7, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2018.

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Sean Joseph Pompey (born February 8, 1984), better known by his stage name Smoke DZA, is an American rapper and songwriter.


1984–2007: Early life and career beginnings

Smoke DZA was born February 8, 1984, at Harlem Hospital in New York City and has lived in New York all his life. The son of two Guyanese immigrants, Smoke was exposed to music at home by his father and fell in love with hip hop at a young age.[2] He grew up listening to and emulating fellow New Yorkers Jay-Z and Notorious BIG.[3] After dropping out of high school to pursue his music career, DZA began battle rapping and has battled fellow Harlem-based rapper J.R. Writer.[4] Smoke DZA decided on his moniker after being influenced by Chris Tucker's character Smokey from the movie Friday and the acronym DZA stands for "Dream Zone Achieve".[5] He was discovered by Jonny Shipes of Cinematic Music Group in 2002 and went on to ghostwrite for numerous rappers, including Hi-Tek.[6] In 2002, he partnered to become one half of the group Smoke & Numbers, until going solo in 2008.[7]

2008–2016: Rugby Thompson, Dream.Zone.Achieve and Don't Smoke Rock

Since splitting from Smoke & Numbers to pursue a solo career,[7] DZA has released a string of mixtapes including Substance Abuse, Substance Abuse 1.5, George Kush The Button, Rolling Stoned, Sweet Baby Kushed God, Cuz I Felt Like It and K.O.N.Y. He has worked with Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, and ASAP Rocky among others and is a founding member of the Smokers Club.[8] His album, Rolling Stoned was awarded the High Times Doobie Award for Hip Hop album of the year for 2011.[9] DZA latest album Rugby Thompson was released in June 2012 by High Times and Cinematic Music Group. The album was produced entirely by Harry Fraud.[10] The album features numerous artists including Action Bronson, Currensy, Domo Genesis, Schoolboy Q and ASAP Twelvyy.[11]

On April 1, 2014, Smoke DZA released Dream.Zone.Achieve, his third studio album. The album consisted of 21 songs broken down into three sections, Dream, Zone and Achieve, each with 7 tracks. Features included fellow Harlem native Cam'ron, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y.[12]

On April 6, 2014, in the midst of WrestleMania XXX, Smoke DZA released a mixtape titled Ringside 2, the second installment in his wrestling-inspired Ringside EP series. Production was handled his by fellow R.F.C. member 183rd, with features from Peter Rosenberg, then WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston, Aston Matthews and Flatbush Zombies.[13]

On December 2, 2016, he and Pete Rock released "Don't Smoke Rock", featuring 13 songs with guest appearances from Rick Ross, Dave East, Cam'ron, Big K.R.I.T. and Mac Miller.[14]

Smoke DZA released his eight album, Homegrown, on October 2, 2020. It marks his fourth project of the year, following the acclaimed A Closed Mouth Don't Get Fed, Ringside 8 and The Smokers Club Presents: Smoke DZA's Worldwide Smoke Session, the latter of which was released on April 20. Homegrown is an ode to his native New York City.[15]

Musical style and influences

Smoke cites fellow New York natives Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G. as his main influences. As an adolescent he would use their songs and write his own lyrics, helping him learn rhyming patterns."I used to re-write Biggie. It started with 'Mo Money, Mo Problems.' I would switch up the words, make it my own."[16] He has also cited fellow Harlem rappers like Mase, Big L and Dipset as influences and inspiration.[17] Though he is often mistakenly classified as a weed rapper, Smoke considers himself a lifestyle rapper and prefers not to be confined to one genre of rap.[18] DZA's albums and mixtapes often feature many collaborative tracks. DZA says he enjoys collaborating with fellow artists like Dom Kennedy and Kendrick Lamar as he feels it helps him "step his ball game up" in terms of his craft.[19]

Personal life

In 2016, Smoke endorsed Bernie Sanders' presidential bid.[20]



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Gregg Michael Gillis (born October 26, 1981), known by the stage name Girl Talk, is an American disc jockey who specializes in mash-ups and digital sampling.[2][3][1] Gillis has released five LPs on the record label Illegal Art and EPs on both 333 and 12 Apostles. He was trained as an engineer.

Early life and education

Gillis began experimenting with electronic music and sampling while a student at Chartiers Valley High School in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb of Bridgeville. After a few collaborative efforts, he started the solo "Girl Talk" project while studying biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In school, Gillis focused on tissue engineering.


Gillis states his musical inspirations to have been Squarepusher, Aphex Twin, Just Blaze, Nirvana and Kid606 among others.[4][5][6] He has also stated interest in punk rock, as well as noise musician Merzbow. He stated that he was first introduced to the genre of Plunderphonics by John Oswald.[7] Gillis has also stated that he was always into hip-hop and pop music. As he aged, he started to like older musicians such as The Beatles.[8]


Gillis worked as an engineer, but he quit in May 2007 to focus solely on music.[9]

He produces mash-up remixes, in which he uses often a dozen or more unauthorized samples from different songs to create a mash-up. The New York Times Magazine has called his releases "a lawsuit waiting to happen",[10] a criticism that Gillis has attributed to news media that want "to create controversy where it doesn't really exist", citing fair use as a legal backbone for his sampling practices.[11]

Gillis has given his own different explanations for the origin of his stage name, once saying that it alluded to a Jim Morrison poem[12] and once saying that it alluded to an early Merzbow side project.[13] In 2009, he attributed the name to Tad, the early 1990s SubPop band, based in Seattle.[14] Gillis has said the name sounded like a Disney music teen girl group.[15]

In a 2009 interview with FMLY, Gillis stated:

The name Girl Talk is a reference to many things, products, magazines, books. It's a pop culture phrase. The whole point of choosing the name early on was basically to just stir things up a little within the small scene I was operating from. I came from a more experimental background and there were some very overly serious, borderline academic type electronic musicians. I wanted to pick a name that they would be embarrassed to play with. You know Girl Talk sounded exactly the opposite of a man playing a laptop, so that's what I chose.[16]

Gillis is featured heavily in the 2008 open source documentary RiP!: A Remix Manifesto.

Girl Talk released his fifth LP All Day on November 15, 2010 for free through the Illegal Art website.[17] A U.S. tour in support of All Day began in Gillis's hometown of Pittsburgh with two sold-out shows at the then-recently completed Stage AE concert hall.[18] Since Gillis releases his music under Creative Commons licenses, fans may legally use it in derivative works. Many create mash-up video collages using the samples' original music videos.[19] Filmmaker Jacob Krupnick chose Gillis's full-length album All Day as the soundtrack for Girl Walk//All Day, an extended music video set in New York City.[20]

In 2014, Girl Talk brought out Freeway as a special guest during a show at the Brooklyn Bowl.[21] They announced that they were releasing a collaborative EP together called Broken Ankles.[21] The project was released on April 8, 2014.[22]

Gillis played at the Coachella Festival in 2014. For the first time in one of his live shows, artists performed their vocals over his mash-ups. During the first weekend, he was joined by Too Short, E-40, Juicy J, and Busta Rhymes.[23][24] On the second weekend, he was joined by Freeway, Waka Flocka Flame, Tyga, and Busta Rhymes.[25]

In the years following the release of Broken Ankles, Girl Talk continued to tour and play festivals. He also began to do more production and collaborative work with other artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Young Nudy, T-Pain, Smoke DZA, Bas, and G Perico.[26][27]

Album pricing

After the success of his album Feed the Animals, for which listeners were asked to pay a price of their choosing, Gillis made all of his other albums similarly available via the Illegal Art website.


Night Ripper was number 34 on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2006,[28] number 22 on Rolling Stone's Best Albums of 2006,[29] and number 27 on Spin's 40 Best Albums of 2006.[30] In 2007, Gillis was the recipient of a Wired magazine Rave Award.[31]

Feed the Animals was number four on Time's Top 10 Albums of 2008.[32] Rolling Stone gave the album four stars and ranked the album #24 on their Top 50 albums of 2008.[33] Blender rated it the second-best recording/album of 2008,[34] and National Public Radio listeners rated it the 16th best album of the year.[35]

Gillis' hometown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, named December 7, 2010 "Gregg Gillis Day".[36]

Film appearances

In 2007, Girl Talk appeared in Good Copy Bad Copy, a documentary about the current state of copyright law and remix culture.

In 2008, he appeared as a test case for fair use in Brett Gaylor's RiP!: A Remix Manifesto, a call to overhaul copyright laws. His parents, in one scene, complain to him about his frequent stripping during his performances.


Girl Talk performing in 2006
Girl Talk in Paris, 2007


Collaborative albums


Compilation appearances

  • bricolage #1 CD (Illegal Art) – "Killing a Material Girl"  – 3:37
  • Illegal Art 2007 Sampler MP3 (Illegal Art) – "Let's Run This"
  • Circuits of Steel CD (SSS) (2003) – "On Nesbit"
  • Ministry of Shit CD (Spasticated) – "Let's Run This"
  • Love and Circuits CD (Cardboard Records) – "All of the Other Songs Remixed" (under Trey Told 'Em)[37]
  • Circuits of Steel II CD (SSS) (2007) – "Andy Van Slyke Marijuana Sensitivity"



Production credits

Live performances

Gillis began producing music with AudioMulch software, which he still uses, played live from a computer. During a live performance, he uses samples and loops to play a set — allowing room for variation throughout the set. His live sets are typically accompanied by video content on stage.[citation needed] He has been known to bring fans on stage to dance during performances.[52]


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External links

Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, Girl Talk ¦ Full Court Press
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