As promised, we’re excited to finally share “The Return” (Side Two) of Amerigo’s Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) + Marvin Gaye conceptual collaboration, “Yasiin Gaye.” Shifting focus for the project’s second installment, the producer aimed to highlight the often overlooked accomplishments of
“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] verses in a new context.”
To shed light on our copyright battles (and the urgent need for reform), we teamed up with New Yorker magazine cartoonist, Drew Dernavich, who created the satirical visuals for the album’s artwork. Grab the full album below and look out for Amerigo’s detailed liner-notes included with your download.