Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mayer Hawthorne & Jake-One Return with First Non-Tuxedo Funk EP Single, "Number One" (Stones Throw)




"We always wondered what the original sample was for Snoop [Dogg]'s "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)." Since we couldn't figure it out, we decided we would make it," Tuxedo gloated in a recent Stones Throw statement coinciding with their first non-Tuxedo Funk EP single, "Number One." Mayer Hawthorne & Jake-One previously unleashed their pre-Tuxedo "inspiration" mixtapes, Shoot The Duck and AR Music, on which they forged the group's underlying Disco-Funk backbone. "Tuxedo's [material] has been nothing short of top-shelf Boogie for the two-steppers, thus far... the sophisticated strutting is back and in full-effect, as the duo lets loose their latest joint, "Number One,'" okayplayer artistically lamented upon the track's release. It's a smooth synth-laden Disco-Funk track creation that doesn't sound entirely unlike something Snoop Dogg would rap over; akin to Snoopzilla's 2007-released Funk-Rap project, 7 Days of Funk, which he concocted along with Hawthorne's former Stones Throw label-mate, Dâm-Funk... and considering the fact that Mayer Hawthorne previously G-mixed Snoop's "Gangsta Luv" (2009), maybe a "Number One"/"Ain't No Fun" mash-up isn't too far off after all. It seems as though more fragmented chunks of Tuxedo's forthcoming self-titled album may very well be "leaked" in the weeks leading up to its March 3rd release, as @MayerHawthorne appears to have strategically attached a #TuxedoTuesday hashtag onto a stream of "Number One"-related Tweets.

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