I love me some Mos Def. Like, I’m still lamenting the loss of my Black Star CD that I unintentionally cracked in half (long story) last fall. I could buy another CD, sure, but that disc was the one I’d had since college! I came to my conscious hip-hop existence during that time period, and it was through Mos and Kweli and Common and Ms. Badu that it happened. And when we speak about another kind of consciousness, there’s Marvin Gaye whose crooning and lyricism can put anyone in just the right frame of mind for whatever.
Though Mos was ten when Marvin Gaye was killed, thanks to Amerigo Gazaway, the two men–Mos and Marvin–now have a 13-track collaboration mix tape titled “Yasiin Gaye.” Amerigo does this collaborations that never happened business by taking two sets of artists and syncing and melding their sounds into one song. The results are nice.
Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One) can be found on Amerigo’s bandcamp page. Side two is set to drop in a matter of weeks.