Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey Flips Electric Wire Hustle's Kiwi Funk-R&B Album Cut "Chaser" for "Marigolds" (A Country Called Earth)

While he's remained relatively silent since releasing The Ecstatic (2009), Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey has seemingly completed his forthcoming G.O.O.D. Music "debut" while shacking up overseas. Bey has recently re-emerged from his self-imposed exile and decided to unleashed a pair of unexpected André 3000-style features for A$AP Rocky's At.Long.Last.A$AP as well as Eric Biddines and producer Paul White's newly-minted Golden Ticket project. His latest presumably non-album loosie, "Marigolds" skillfully re-appropriates New Zealand-based Kiwi Funk-R&B duo Electric Wire Hustle's 2009 self-titled album track, "Chaser." It's almost aesthetically reminiscent of Yasiin Bey's long-aborted Top 40 Underdogs cover/freestyles initiative; wherein he boldly took on radio-friendly Kanye & Jay-Z, Lil' Wayne, and Chief Keef beats and ruthlessly flipped them on their heads. "Marigolds," on the other hand, was supposedly "cut in one take, no filler, but all chaser, at Kenny Allen Studios in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia" according to Soulquarian-affilates okayplayer; "making this a true-blue inter-continental Funk connection from some of OKP's favorites in the game."

Yasiin Bey was soon set to emerge from his now-native South Africa and embark on a nation-wide co-headlining US tour with fellow veteran emcee Freeway, but the whole jaunt has unexpectedly been cancelled, including a stop at Philly's own Union Transfer. It's largely unclear as to why concert promoters cancelled the tentatively-titled "Summer Recess Tour," but The Guardian reported that Bey is apparently unable to gain re-entry into the states from South Africa, for whatever reasons. "I played [Kanye] some new material and the whole song played and there was no words... he goes, "let me hear that again," Bey recently lamented during an in-depth Beats By Dre interview, which would lead me to believe that we'll hear his long-rumored G.O.O.D. Music "debut" sooner than later. And I'm beginning to wonder if we'll ever get a chance to hear Mos Def's equally long-rumored OMFGODBKNOLA and Zamrock-centric shelved projects recorded alongside top-notch super-producers Mannie Fresh and Madlib.

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