Amerigo Gazaway – Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One)

Yasiin Bey and Marvin Gaye

Unlike my contemporaries I do not like Amerigo Gazaway’s Yasiin Gaye. First of all, I hate the name. Second, I hate his goofy website asking about modern browsers. Dude, I’m on fucking Chrome, not IE6.

Overproduced. Derivative. Disjointed. Ill-mastered. For every great track like “I Want You ‘Til The Summertime” which seamlessly integrate Mos and Marvin, there are disasters like “Ms. Fat Booty,” “Peculiar Mathematics,” and “Two Words” where Gazaway forces samples and rhythms into awkward positions.

Thankfully missing is the foul chimera “Anna’s Love Song” which culled Mos Def from his Bush Babees day and the darkest days of Marvin Gaye. Gazaway knows his music (son of Phish’s trumpeter, Gary “El Buho” Gazaway) and knows how to deconstruct and reconstruct music, but this shit ain’t Legos. Maybe because the source material of Yasiin Gaye fit too neatly together, Gazaway seems to force ideas or add unnecessary conflict to the music. Bizarre Tribe (errr RIP) and Fela Soul were better attempts at Black music alchemy; Yasiin Gaye is the result of a producer unable to grasp the brass ring.

(I’m giving credit to Ebony — great job proofreading smh — even though I’ve known about this shit show for weeks. And my FB timeline is blowing up about this mashup.)

PS: Ping Teddie for a counteropinion. I’m pretty sure he loves it.

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