EXCLUSIVE: Girl Talk discusses Jim Jones collaboration

Girl Talk – aka Gregg Gillis – is performing in Oxford later this month, and I spoke to him this afternoon about the show and what he’s up to following the release of his latest sample-fest, “All Day.”

Late yesterday, Pitchfork.tv premiered “Believe in Magic,” a collaboration between Girl Talk and Dipset MC Jim Jones. It’s a part of Pitchfork.tv’s series “Selector,” in which a rapper chooses beween two beats by indie musicians for a freestyle backing track. Gillis sampled Honey Cone’s “Want Ads,” and Jones liked it so much he invited Lloyd to sing the hook, and now Jones plans to release it as a single.

I asked Gillis to talk about the collaboration.

“It really kinda turned into something else. I was in New York and just about to kick off the tour, and I was gonna do some press and Pitchfork threw out the idea,” he said.

Gillis said he loved the idea of working with Jim Jones.

“I’m love Dipset, and I thought that this is the exact person that no one would ever expect me to sit down with or collaborate with,” he said. “We just kicked it the whole night. I love the way it came out.”

The project has inspired Gillis to make more hip-hop beats.

“I’m such a big hip-hop fan, and I listen to a lot of it for the production,” he said. He’s been on tour for about four years now, so his free time to make hip-hop beats is pretty limited. “This is really motivational for me. …It really got me excited about potentially doing more of this in the future. It would have to be after Girl Talk potentially slows down.”

And by slows down, he means, when he gets some time off from touring.

He’ll perform at The Lyric Oxford on May 24.

Look for a full story about Girl Talk in the Daily Journal’s May 22 edition.