From producer Amerigo Gazaway comes the terrific project entitled Yasiin Gaye – The Departure: Side One that features a blend of favorites from the artist formerly known as Mos Def and crooner Marvin Gaye. Building the album’s foundation from deconstructed samples of Gaye’s Motown classics, “Gazaway re-orchestrates the instrumentation into new productions within a similar framework.” Carefully weaving Bey’s dense raps and Gaye’s soulful vocals over his new arrangements, the project culminates in a quality far closer to Gaye’s famous duets than that of a traditional “mashup” album.

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