DJ Z-Trip is the founding father of the mashup movement, but don't hold that against him. Producers and DJs have been mixing things together forever—pretty much any song by Puff Diddy Daddy Sean Combs P-Whatshisface has someone else's hook transposed over his beats—but a mashup uses no original material at all. Any DJ worth his salt has one or two good mashups in his quiver, but lately, so many DJs have been exclusively relying on their mashups that this genre is feeling a little played-out. The recent popularity of this technique has even shaped the style of many recent rap compositions. Snoop's "Drop It Like it's Hot" or anything by the Ying Yang Twins feature near-a capella vocals that practically demand to be mashed with someone else's music. It's hard to go to a club these days and not hear an example of the mashup,... More >>>