Amerigo Gazaway – Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One) Feb26

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

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...

Yasiin Gaye – “Anna’s Love Song” (Soul Mates Tribute) Feb12

Yasiin Gaye – “Anna’s Love Song” (Soul Mates Tribute)...

Beat amalgamator and soul purveyor Amerigo Gazaway is threatening errrr…. planning to release an album of mashups featuring the incomparable Marvin Gaye and veteran rapper/vocalist Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def. With the unfortunate name, Yasiin Gaye, Gazaway expands on his “Soul Mates” series. While the first taste, “Inner City Travelin’ Man,” was promising yet convoluted, I cannot keep up the charade after repeated listens to “Anna’s Love Song.” The art for the track is haunting in a bad way. It’s a love song, but Anna Gordy looks like a spinster aunt. I wouldn’t fuck with that with Marvin’s decomposed dick. The production starts fine enough then devolves into a fucking mess the moment Snoop’s voice appears. I don’t need West Coast fuckery in a Marvin tribute. Then Gazaway starts integrating other Mos Def songs. Now it’s just a stew with too many flavors. Let the beat ride for fuck’s sake. The more I listen to this, the more I would’ve like this better as a 3.5-minute track with one Mos verse. Not Mos Def from 4 different chapters of his career. Thanks for the worthless voiceover. Yeah we get it, there’s a reason for the song. Save that for the album. Release an edit for us....