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Under the Soul Mates Project banner of "collaborations that never were," Amerigo Gazaway’s latest imagines a recording session between Blues great, BB King, and Texas rap legends, UGK. Aptly titled “BB & The Underground Kingz: The Trill is Gone,” the producer seamlessly bridges the gap between hip-hop and its predecessor, the blues.
Crafting the album's bedrock from deconstructed samples of King's electric blues hits, Gazaway re-imagined what might have happened had King and UGK actually recorded in the same time and space. Tapping UGK historian and documentary film maker, Sama'an Ashrawi, for unreleased interview audio, the producer cleverly uses the soundbites to help build his project's narrative. Strategically looping and lacing Lucille's guitar licks and B.B.'s road tales with Bun B & Pimp C's southern fried storytelling, Gazaway finds a sweet spot in the overlapping themes of his subjects' respective catalogs.
released December 23, 2015
Soul Mates Records 2015
Produced by Amerigo Gazaway
Executive Producer: Rickey Mindlin
Artwork: Vincent "Mr. Ö" Fontaine (www.mistero.fr
B.B. King: vocals, guitar (Lucille)
UGK (Pimp C & Bun B): vocals
Amerigo Gazaway: organ, electric bass, rhodes, synth, turntables, drum machine, sampler, vocals (Trill A.G.)
Art Webb (of This is ART): electric bass (tracks 4, 6, 7, 14)
Sama'an Ashrawi: UGK interview audio
The Goodwill Projects: DIY acapellas
Other Audio Sources:
B.B. King: The Life of Riley (Documentary)
WDIA 1070AM: The History, The Legend, The Music (CD)
The Dolewite & Scooby Show (101.1 FM Nashville, "The Beat")
R.I.P. Pimp C, B.B. King, DJ Screw & Young Bou