Producer Amerigo Gazaway dropped the second installment of his popular Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey mashup late on Friday. In a chat that I had with him last month, the 26-year-old from Nashville noted that this part of the series would double down on the political messages of both artists. It’s available for free at Bandcamp.
Over at Revolt, Gazaway said that he also wanted to lift up Marvin Gaye’s overlooked accomplishments as a 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 artists—such as Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Talib, etc., and re-present those classic Mos Def verses in new context.