It’s been a milestone year for us and if you’re reading this, we owe you a “thank you.” From landing our Marvin/Mos collab in an Apple iPad commercial, a top selling Billboard charting single, praise from Janis Gaye, and a successful European tour, we know none of it would have been possible without your support.
This time around, Amerigo takes on James Brown in The Big Payback Vol. 3. In the third and latest offering from “The Big Payback” summer mix series, the producer follows the exceptionally awesome first and second volumes from the legendary DJ Scratch and master craftsman, J. Period.
Bringing together a fantasy league of all-stars for his “J.B. and The Soul Mates” tribute concept, the producer’s latest offers an alternative to the sometimes uninspired, profit-driven, posthumously released albums.With guest appearances from Bob Marley, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Fela Kuti, The Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, and more, Amerigo pays tribute to the God Father of Soul with a re-imagined set of co-conspirators.
“I’m not sure any other artist has left their imprint on popular music, especially across so many genres, as much as James Brown has. With as many of today’s hit songs that were built around some sort of James Brown flip, it’s almost like he had a say in what the music of future generations would sound like without even knowing it.”
*The Big Payback album artwork was developed exclusively for this series by Cojo “Art Juggernaut” (www.ArtJuggernaut.com)
Amerigo Gazaway’s new *Soul Mates* series continues the theme of his previous work in creating collaborations that never were. On the series’ first installment, the producer unites Brooklyn rapper Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and soul legend Marvin Gaye for a dream collaboration aptly titled “Yasiin Gaye”. Building the album’s foundation from deconstructed samples of Gaye’s Motown classics, Gazaway re-orchestrates the instrumentation into new productions within a similar framework. Carefully weaving Bey’s dense raps and Gaye’s soulful vocals over his new arrangements, the producer delivers a quality far closer to Gaye’s famous duets than that of a “mashup” album.
Unlike his “Fela Soul” and “Bizarre Tribe” concepts, Amerigo’s process of taking apart and re-orchestrating original samples in a new context was enhanced by a much larger amount of available audio resources (including multitrack stems for vocals, drums, strings, horns, bass, guitar, etc.). Due to the overflow, we’ll be dropping a second installment, Side Two: (The Return) of *”Yasiin Gaye” in the Spring.
Stream Yasiin Gaye’s new single “I Want You ‘Til The Summertime” below and grab the full album download here. We’ll be releasing Side Two (The Return) of *Yasiin Gaye* in a few weeks so make sure to follow us on Twitter/Facebook to find out when.
MARVIN GAYE X MOS DEF = YASIIN GAYE (OFFICIAL TEASER VIDEO)
YASIIN GAYE – INNER CITY TRAVELLIN’ MAN (FREE SINGLE)
Download: Inner City Travellin’ Man