[Album] Yasiin Gaye: “The Departure” (Side One)

If you’ve been keeping up with our ‘Songs of the Day‘ posts over the past few weeks you probably noticed the clever mash-ups of Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey and the late Marvin Gaye produced by Amerigo Gazaway. The tracks have been a tasteful, foot-moving experience throughout, without a slip-up in the series thus far. Well, Amerigo doesn’t want you to have to wait on the weekly single releases, instead dropping the entire project earlier today. Gazaway has constructed the pair of artists under the guise of ‘Yasiin Gaye’, playing on both artist’s names and creating a subtly powerful project in the process. Pharrell and Robin Thicke were chastised recently by Gaye’s family for their use of certain sound on Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines”. In lawsuit filings, the family was most upset at the use og Gaye’s work for personal gain. With this project, available for free download, Gazaway matches two generations careful poets extremely well. Do your hump day a favor and download this album asap!

Jake Krzeczowski

Jake Krzeczowski is a writer based in Chicago. Since graduating from the University of Iowa in 2012 he has written for the likes of The Chicago Sun Times, Complex Magazine, and Elevator Magazine.

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