GirlTalk_byPaulSobota2Last fall, sample-obsessed producer Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) announced the news he was following up 2010 full-length album, All Day, by teaming up with legendary Philadelphia rapper Freeway for “Broken Ankles,” a collaborative EP combining both artists’ distinct, high-energy styles into a continuously flowing collection of bangers. The EP reflects the meticulous nature of Girl Talk’s prior work while setting a fitting pace for Freeway’s dynamic, high-powered flow. “I wanted to work closer to traditional song structure compared to my last few albums, but still include some detailed sample splicing and change-ups when it felt appropriate. The overall structure is what I thought worked best with Freeway’s style,” says Gillis. Keeping in line with the Girl Talk aesthetic, the varied range of songs are all tied seamlessly together. He stated, “It’s always important to me to have an album that works as a whole; something that has a calculated flow to it, which is intended to be listened to front to back.”

Over the past several months as the two have put the finishing touches on “Broken Ankles,” they’ve enlisted features from guest rappers Waka Flocka Flame, Young Chris and Jadakiss, and come April 8th, “Broken Ankles” will be available for all the world to download free via DatPiff. In the meantime, glimpse the “Tolerated” video teaser (via Girl Talk’s new video partner Maker Studios) and catch Girl Talk at select festivals across the country, including Coachella in two weeks.

Fri. April 11 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Fri. April 18 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Sun. May 4 – Tampa, FL @ Big Guava Festival
Thu. May 15 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
Sat. May 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Centennial Olympic Park
Fri. June 20 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival

After the success of Night Ripper in 2006, Girl Talk steadily toured over the following six years, bringing his renowned confetti-covered and sweat-soaked performances to venues ranging from house party basements to major festivals. In 2013, he decided to take his first significant hiatus from the road since his initial national exposure. The break from live material preparation allowed Gillis time to explore some ideas slightly removed from his trademark hyper-mashup style. In turn, he began working on beats with a wider range of samples, some more obscure than what he would normally use in his Top 40-focused work. He also experimented with different techniques of sample manipulation and incorporated more original instrumentation. Gillis amassed a collection of over 70 beats and decided to approach one of his favorite rappers to see if he would be interested in doing a project together. “I’ve been a fan of Freeway since I first heard him on ‘1-900-Hustler,’ and I just thought he was the perfect fit for what I had in mind,” he said. “I wanted the album to be diverse, and I wanted someone who could keep up with quick changes mid-song. Freeway is the rare rapper who sounds natural on all types of beats, ranging from cut-up soul to menacing synth-jams. His energy is unreal, and he’s able to keep up with any production.”


Leave a Reply