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“What time the plane leaving?”

The beautiful marriage of Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Marvin Gaye (as Yasiin Gaye) started ironically, on a plane. You don’t get many chances to get a mix of a rather great rap song and an even more beautiful soul song perfect but Amerigo Gazaway got it right when he mixed “Travellin’ Man” into “Inner City Blues” and completely solidified himself as a producer to watch. The original The Return was dogged on Soundcloud by sample clearances and more, registering a far safer home on Bandcamp to spread its gospel.

Now as opposed to some obscure discovery, Gazaway’s creation Yasiin Gaye: The Return (Side Two) is now getting REVOLT premieres and a large audience to appreciate it.

Part II is vastly different from Part I in a single regard, more emphasis on what Marvin brought to the table than what Mos gave us lyrically. Gazaway told REVOLT, “I wanted to build this side from more of Marvin’s original production work. He was doing a lot of what we do now, in terms of looping and pulling samples from other pre-recorded sessions decades before hip-hop made it common practice to do so.”

The leeway that Marvin allows Gazaway’s producing chops, gives added dimensions to what Mos has to offer. His rhymes have never been lacking, no matter how you may have felt about Tru3 Magic and to hear him joined by the likes of The Temptations, Chuck Berry and his Black Star partner in crime Talib Kweli asserts that Mos, via Gazaway gets to live in different avenues musically for long as time persists. Stream the Yasiin Gaye: The Return (Side Two) via Gazaway’s Bandcmap page below.