Amerigo Gazaway is back with side-two of his amazing Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Marvin Gaye mash-up project, Yasiin Gaye: The Return. Gazaway doesn’t disappoint on this follow up to the brilliant, The Departure (Side One). Shifting focus for the second installment of “Yasiin Gaye”, this tome around Amerigo aimed to highlight the often overlooked accomplishments of Marvin Gaye’s role as the producer.
“I wanted to build this side from more of Marvin’s original production work. He was doing a lot of what we do now, in terms of looping and pulling samples from other pre-recorded sessions decades before hip-hop made it common practice to do so. This also gave me the room to feature other artist [Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Talib, etc.] and re-present those classic Mos [Def] versus in a new context.”
Its another formidable offering from the genius producer who expertly creates collaborations that never were and if that wasn’t impressive enough he even manages to weave greats like Chuck Berry, The Temptations, and Talib Kweli into the mix.
Grab the free download from bandcamp.