It truly is amazing how Amerigo makes these blends so successfully. He’s blessed us with Yasiin Gaye, Fe La Soul, Bizarre Tribe, and now a soulful Common and Stevie Wonder mix………..Amerigo is a magician. I’ve been fortunate to see both Common and Stevie Wonder perform live and they are two of the best to ever do it. They are both geniuses in their genres and this mix showcases those skills perfectly. Listen to this mix and appreciate the genius of Stevie Wonder and Common.
With our latest Soul Mates Project release, fittingly titled “A Common Wonder,” Amerigo Gazaway brings to life an imagined studio session between Chicago’s crowned prince of Hip-Hop, Common, and Motown legend, Steve Wonder.
A return to the Soul meets Hip-Hop formula of his Marvin Gaye + Mos Def pairing “Yasiin Gaye,” Gazaway connects the dots between Hip-Hop and the genre’s predecessor with a musical history lesson told through the intersecting themes of Common and Stevie’s respective catalogs. As Gazaway put it:
“Stevie Wonder’s early use of synthesizers, drum machines, and samplers, in a lot of ways, paved the way for hip-hop and sampling. Part of my motivation for this project was to highlight those contributions”
Picking up where Common and Stevie’s 2016 “Black America Again,” single left off, Amerigo brings his imagined recording session to life with a slew of uncovered resources (including multitrack instrument stems, interview audio, and documentary soundbites.) Re-orchestrating deconstructed samples, the producer interweaves Common’s vivid wordplay and Wonder’s passionate vocals for a project that blurs the line between a “mashup” and a modern day duets album.
The C to the O double M O-N is set to drop an new album this year. If it’s anything like this joint right here…..we’re going to have a solid project on our hands. Peace to Common for always bringing us good music.
When I heard the Black Thought version of Wishin, the first person I thought of was DJ Smu and if he could drop Black’s verse on the original. Through the magic of editing, Smu did just that! This right here is so dope. Peep it.
This Remix was inspired by one of Royce’s Verses on this very track right here.
When Royce rapped the “Kick in the Door” Part in the first few bars after he takes it back from Common I thought: “What if Biggie was actually on the Record?”
The Answer is this Remix right here.I made two different Versions: One features all the original Vocals with B.I.G. added inbetween. The other one is just Royce and Mr. Wallace.
We in the 7th Boro office love this Blend a lot and i can assure you that I got more PRhyme Related Blends/Remixes done and will release them as a compilation very soon.
Keep your eyes and ears open!
R.I.P. Biggie Smalls!
MC Lyte’s new track, “Dear John” f/ Common & 10Beats, is the anthem for #EducateOURMen, which is the signature scholarship initiative of MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which has presented two $100,000 university scholarships during the Soul Train Music Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show each year since the organization’s founding. This year, the foundation will present dozens of scholarships earmarked to send men to HBCU‘s. Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jada Pinkett Smith and Faith Evans are just of the few celebrities who support the foundation’s movement (EducateOURMen.info).
In celebration of Common’s 20th Anniversary for the Resurrection album, Detroit’s own Nolan the Ninja blesses us with a remix of a Hip Hop classic. I usually don’t like like when classics are remixed but this one is really dope. Check it.
#educateourmen “Dear John” is the anthem for #EducateOURMen, which is the signature scholarship initiative of MC Lyte‘s Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which has presented two $100,000 university scholarships during the Soul Train Music Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show each year since the organization’s founding. This year, the foundation will present dozens of scholarships earmarked to send men of color to HBCU‘s. Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jada Pinkett Smith and Faith Evans are just of the few celebrities who support the foundation’s movement (www.EducateOURMen.info).
DJ Eclipse has been dropping some treasures lately.
Here’s a clip from Common’s Fat Beats NYC in-store for “One Day It’ll All Make Sense”. The in-store was actually a few days before the album was released so we only had his single for sale that day. We were also pushing No I.D.’s “The Black Album” (w/Dug Infinite) which had come out early that week. This Common album was the last time that No I.D. and Com would do an album together until 2011. Like most in-stores at Fat Beats it was never limited to just the artist who’s in-store it was. Many times other artists would pop in and perform and on this day Lord Sear (Stretch & Bobbito/Shade 45) had stopped by and got on the mic with Common. Shout out to Mista Sinista from the X-Men/X-Ecutioners who not only did all the scratches on Common’s earlier albums, but was present this day to provide the music. In fact, his album “X-Pressions” with the rest of The X-Ecutioners had dropped earlier that week as well.