This right here is so wavy. Hearing about shit like this, and that Dave Chappelle might be following up the first Block Party, makes hip hop so worth it to me. Mos Def hooked up with the god Gil Scott-Heron over at Carnegie and they did their thing:
On Saturday, the world famous Carnegie Hall played host to the Mos Def Big Band with special guest Gil Scott-Heron as part of the JVC Jazz Festial New York. From carnegiehall.org: “Already a wildly successful vocalist, musician, and actor, Mos Def has taken the next logical step with the creation of the Mos Def Band, rolling hip hop, jazz, and soul into one thrilling sound. Special guest Gil Scott-Heron first made his name decades ago with his no-nonsense anthem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Together, the two artists have created an evening of music and spoken words with material drawn from Miles Davis, Beyoncé, James Brown, and others.”
One of said “others” was Jay Electronica, who Mos gave serious props to with an acepella version of the second verse from “Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)” followed by the orchestra playing a piece of Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine composition.”
If you haven’t heard Act 1, you’re a fucking sucker. It actually made me want to sit down and finally watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and it was nothing short of brilliance. Had me tripping balls for days. I know it should be the other way around, but it was cool to see the Jon Brion instrumentals he used being tucked into the movie, because then when I listened to the songs again it all made sense.