Mash-ups. Despite the fact that they usually come out sounding like complete trash and/or making zero sense, they have taken over the party music scene. Personally, you may have guessed, I’m not a big fan. I actually despise most mash-up songs. They usually come off sounding like either an unnecessary pairing of two perfectly fine separate songs or a brutal disservice to one good song by slamming it together with a not-so-good song.
But personal tastes aside, I can’t say I disapprove of the practice as a whole. Sure, it doesn’t take nearly the artistic talent as making up your own original song, but it does take at least some musical sense. Girl Talk may be profiting solely off other real artists’ work, but the guy figured out certain arrangements that (somehow) people want to hear. So good for him. Just like I’m not mad at Soulja Boy for putting out horrible music and making money off of it, I’m not going to get upset about someone finding a way to be successful using others’ music. So while some people may get upset about sampling, mashing up of songs, what have you (looking at you, curmudgeons of the world) the bottom line is these people figured a way to make it work. And you can’t knock the hustle.