WATCH: Kamasi Washington Talks ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ and the Juncture of Jazz And Hip-Hop

By Sameer Rao Jan 05, 2016

Kamasi Washington’s three-disc saga "The Epic" was one of 2015’s most acclaimed releases. In fact, several people cited it in our year-end culture wrap-up. Now, the L.A. saxophonist and composer appears in an electric new must-see GQ video.

The video features Washington jamming with fellow saxophonist Terrace Martin, discussing his work on Kendrick Lamar’s genre-bending "To Pimp A Butterfly" (another notable favorite in our year-end discussions) and talking about the intersection of jazz and hip-hop. The video accompanies a short piece, in which Washington delivers a memorable line about his motivation to push the lines of what constitutes jazz:

“If you’re the first person to land on Mars,” Washington says when asked about his sonic forebears, “your intention is to get there. Guys like Coltrane and [Pharoah] Sanders showed us the way. But for everybody who comes after, it becomes about what you can do once you’re there. So I’m exploring.”

Check out the video above.

(H/t GQ)