After causing quite a stir, and being taken down almost immediately, Yasiin Gaye is making a return. The Amerigo Gazaway constructed collaboration between Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and the late great Marvin Gaye will soon see the release of the second instalment of the dream project. The first release from The Return is B Stands For Beef, with the vocals from Yasiin‘s What’s Beef? and Marvin‘s soul filled T Stands For Trouble. Enjoy.
This track has a completely different vibe from “Side One”, but that was intended. “Side Two” explores more of the darker and serious themes/aspects of Marvin’s life, and this one in particular addresses his early death. The original sample came from Marvin’s “T Stands For Trouble”. I knew I wanted something more ominous and suspenseful when I started working on the track and the Trouble Man soundtrack has plenty of that. I always dug the way that Marvin sample was flipped on Brand Nubian’s “Meaning of the 5%”as well (watch here). I then added sound-bites from news-clips at the beginning and end to help build the narrative surrounding Marvin’s death. There are some clips from Mr. T (from the Trouble Man movie) in there as well. I feel like a there are lot of people out there, particularly in the younger generation, who still don’t know how Marvin died. I see this as a way to not only pay tribute but to educate people through the music as well. – Amerigo Gazaway