Nashville Producer/MC Amerigo Gazaway has a gift. He’s able to conceptualize collaborations that otherwise would never see the light of day. Fela Soul blended the rhythms of Kuti’s pioneering march with De La’s classic flows, resulting in one of the most clever mashups I’d heard since Z-Trip bugged my head out on Uneasy Listening.
Last month saw the release of Yasiin Gaye, the next installment of Gazaway’s “Soul Mates” series which allows for Marvin Gaye’s stripped down and rebuilt classics to lay the foundation for Yasiin Bey’s (formerly Mos Def) classic verses. There’s something magical about bringing true hip-hop and old soul together on the same track. Producers have been pillaging the crates for golden samples for two decades, but this is something entirely different.
Yasiin Gaye is contemporary art constructed from re-imagined classics by two heavyweights of sound. Unfortunately, the Recording Industry Association of America hit Gazaway with an order to remove the album from his site, but be a bit crafty. You’ll find what you’re looking for on the World Wide Web.
Pure headphones music for a long night with nothing but the cracks in the ceiling to admire. You’re welcome.