Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hudson Mohawke Unleashes CD-quality Live Staple, "Amen" guy_fieri_mix, Praising Pusha T, Kanye & Young Jeezy (Very G.O.O.D. Beats)

"Buy Lantern here... Support King Push. Happy anniversary to Jeezy. And get tickets for all live dates with The-Dream here:," reads the description accompany G.O.O.D. Music producer Hudson Mohawke's latest Soundcloud upload; an apparent allusion to the recent 10th anniversary of Young Jeezy's critically-acclaimed major label "debut," Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101. While low-quality live rips have supposedly been floating around for a number of years, the Scotsman's newly-unleashed G.O.O.D. Music sanctioned CD-Q cut is in fact, "Amen" RMX's first official release. "The album's second single, the follow-up to [Pusha T's] Tyler, The Creator collaboration "Trouble On My Mind," was the Kanye & Young Jeezy-assisted "Amen" — a scripture-nodding exploration of many of [Fear of God II: Let Us Pray]'s recurring themes," reads Complex's intricate, multi-layered description of Shawty Redd's original, and now completely gutted, "Amen" production work. Although "Amen" guy_fieri_mix might seem like Pusha T & Hudson Mohawke's first collaboration, @HudMo actually contributed production to Pusha's proper solo album, My Name Is My Name, having previously worked on Rick Ross-featuring "Hold On" and "No Regrets" as part of G.O.O.D. Music's collective in-house executive production team.

Lest we forget, Pusha T additionally appeared on Hudson Mohawke's pre-Lantern Apple MacBook Air single, "Chimes" RMX alongside like-minded emcees Future, TraviS Scott, and French Montana. He's effectively managed to strip "Amen" of any minute traces whatsoever of Redd's brooding, rattling drumline-esque snare embellishments, instead replicating a Yeezus-reminiscent eerie, EDM-Rap hybrid sound complete with Tribal drum hits and minimal, yet effective sound effects. Hudson Mohawke's recent Eric Yue-directed "Warriors" short film stars Pusha T as its "titular warrior escaping authorities in a not-too-distant future," in lei of Mohawke himself or featured artists Ruckazoid & Devaeux. Hudson Mohawke's aforementioned Lantern, his first album in nearly six years and first since he and fellow TNGHT production partner Lunice announced their indefinite hiatus back in December 2013; "people [were] expecting it to be a rap record — and it would be so easy to make a record of 10 rap songs — but I [didn't] necessarily want to hear that. I wanted to go back and put the focus on myself for this record," Hudson Mohawke told Pitchfork within their gripping, all-inclusive Lantern-centric piece.

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