Trouble Man has gone down in history for its soundtrack written by Marvin Gaye. A series of blaxploitation films in the ’70’s including Shaft scored by Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly were more valuable because of their soundtracks. Ivan Dixon, who played the lead in Nothing But A Man, directed the Robert Hooks-starring Trouble Man. Hooks’s character T, was an alpha male fixer in a scandalous world of ghetto kingpins and his type was welcomed by Black audiences tired of seeing subservient roles. Trouble Man was inevitably compared to Shaft that came out a year earlier in ’71 and featured Richard Roundtree in a similar role as a private detective in the middle of a street war. Dixon’s film didn’t have the same pulse as Shaft and Superfly but really became known as a nice vehicle for Gaye’s music.
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Amerigo Gazaway’s second installment in his Yasiin Gaye project, The Return (Side Two) is now available for download. Gazaway used Gaye’s early sampling in his production work as inspiration. His liner notes break down the anatomy of each song with corresponding anecdotes. The Brooklyn meets Motown vibe gets injected by a humorous cartoon drawn by Drew Dernavich which pokes fun at the RIAA’s stance on copyrights.
The teaser video for Yasiin Gaye’s “The Return Side Two” starts with Yasiin Gaye walking and rapping through the streets of Tokyo. But the video gets eerie with footage of Marvin Gaye boxing, his funeral and his father appearing in court for murdering him.
The video for Yasiin Gaye’s “Ms. Fat Booty” is a mix of images from Marvin Gaye’s early Motown days and his Sexual Healing days combined with footage from Mos Def’s “Ms. Fat Booty” video. Mos Def’s “Ms. Fat Booty” rap is essentially layered on top of Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar.”
“I Want You Til The Summertime” (Soul Mates “7 remix) is the second single from Amerigo Gazaway’s highly anticipated Yasiin Gaye project of which Side One The Departure came out today. You acquire the first side of the album from his Bandcamp page. Side 2: (The Return) will follow soon.
Nashville producer Amerigo Gazaway is prepping for the release of Yasiin Gaye with the leak of “Inner City Travellin’ Man.” Gazaway’s Fela Soul and Bizarre:Tribe projects in 2011 and 2012 were musical mash-ups that quickly identified him as a tasteful remixer of hip-hop and Afrobeat. Yasiin Gaye is the first release in Gazaway’s new Soul Mates collaboration series and it puts together the music of Yasiin Bey and Marvin Gaye.
This is the first footage from the Marvin Gaye biopic Sexual Healing. Jesse L. Martin portrays Gaye’s life in the ’80’s when he was making his Midnight Love album that gave him a huge comeback thanks to the song “Sexual Healing.” Gaye was living in Belgium coping with American tax issues, depression and a drug habit. Julien Temple is the film’s director and S.Epatha Merkerson plays Marvin’s mother and Dwight Henry is cast as the senior Gaye. It is scheduled for a home video release on April 1st which is the 30th anniversary of Gaye’s death.