Watch the teaser video here:


Shifting focus for the second installment of “Yasiin Gaye”, Amerigo aimed to highlight the often overlooked accomplishments of Marvin Gaye’s role as the producer.

“I wanted to build this side from more of Marvin’s original production work. He was doing a lot of what we do now, in terms of looping and pulling samples from other pre-recorded sessions decades before hip-hop made it common practice to do so. This also gave me the room to feature other artist [Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Talib, etc.] and re-present those classic Mos [Def] versus in a new context.”

Soul Mates Series:

Amerigo Gazaway’s *Soul Mates* series continues the theme of his previous work in creating collaborations that never were. On the series’ latest installment, Amerigo unites Brooklyn rapper Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and soul legend Marvin Gaye for a dream collaboration aptly titled “Yasiin Gaye”. Building the album’s foundation from deconstructed samples of Gaye’s Motown classics, Gazaway re-purposes the instrumentation into new productions within a similar framework. Carefully weaving Bey’s tangled raps and Gaye’s soulful vocals over his new arrangements, the producer delivers a quality much closer to an authentic collaboration than a lukewarm “mashup” album.

Produced by: Amerigo Gazaway
Executive Producer: Rickey Mindlin
Album Artwork by: Drew Dernavich
DIY Acapellas by: The Goodwill Projects

"Jay Electronica brought out Jay Z to join him onstage at Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival’s closing performances Saturday, an event so singular that it’s almost like BHHF’s organizers told lightning to lick two strikes in the atmosphere for Brooklyn.” -

Counterpoint in Film Music: An Audiovisual Essay


Beyond Bechdel: Testing Feminism in Film



Here’s an excerpt from an explainer I did for KQED’s Lowdown blog about how income mobility in America is deeply tied to where you live. Go check out the whole thing.


Here’s an excerpt from an explainer I did for KQED’s Lowdown blog about how income mobility in America is deeply tied to where you live. Go check out the whole thing.


So that’s a weird list. Where did it come from? Here’s where you can read more about the changes we might see in the years to come:

  1. These studies say crime will rise when people are hot and bothered.  
  2. If you want to get even more freaked out, here’s more on violence.
  3. Animals might get it on more, but we’re not so sure about humans
  4. This whole climate thing is a big mental burden, according to these people
  5. A study says we’ll get lazier, but don’t try that excuse on your boss.
  6. And let’s all hope that this study isn’t prophetic.
  7. Here’s why climate change might be the end of sea turtles. We’re too upset to read it.  
  8. And if you’re mourning the real-life Pokémon, read this and this and end with this
  9. Remember how everything is melting? That could affect trade like this and this.
  10. Siberia might explode. Let’s hope it doesn’t. 
  11. It’s really not the best time to buy a house on the water.
  12. And finally, we might stop buying tons of crap. Hallelujah. 





You Know All The Scary Talk About Sea Levels Rising That Seems Like A Bunch Of B.S.? Well…

Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like you to meet some of the facts about global warming. What they have to say is pretty darn eye-opening.


Sharon’s Shorts: ‘Noreen’ by Domhnall Gleeson

The About Time/Harry Potter actor directs his father, Brendan Gleeson, in this hysterical short about two cops that discover a dead body in a cottage and get more than they bargained for.


It’s Lagos in the early 1970s, a little over a decade of independence, and bursting on to the popular music scene comes a multi-talented high school outfit out of St. Gregory’s College in the Obalende area of the then capital city of Nigeria.

Blending a mixture of pop lyrics, catchy harmonies, funk blends, psychedelic sounds and Afrobeat, the band of six teenagers named themselves Ofege and, whilst still in high school, recorded their one and only full-length album creating a distinctive Afro-rock sound of the 1970s.

They toured the local music scene creating what is sometimes referred to as the ‘Ofege phenomenon’ but soon disbanded thereafter.

Here’s one of their most well-known singles, Nobody Fails. Another recommended track for those of you more into the heavy psychedelic afro-rock sounds is Gbe Mi Lo.


CultureSOUL; Turn of the Century *The African Americans*

Vintage photos from 1900s-1910s.

Southerners do have, they’ve inherited, a narrative sense of human destiny.