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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Yasiin Gaye is currently unavailable due to a takedown notice from the Recording Industry Association of America. We’re discussing our options and will keep you updated. Thanks for your support!


Amerigo Gazaway’s new *Soul Mates* series continues the theme of his previous work in creating collaborations that never were. On the series’ first installment, the producer 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-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 producer delivers a quality far closer to Gaye’s famous duets than that of a “mashup” album.

Watch the teaser video above for a sneak peak of “Yasiin Gaye” and make sure to download the album’s (free) lead single “Inner City Travelin’ Man” here. We’ll be giving you a few more tidbits leading up to the album’s release on 2/25. In the meanwhile, make sure to follow us on Twitter/Facebook for updates.