This Marvin Gaye/Yasiin Bey Project is More Than Your Average Mash-Up Album

A week after dropping the preview to the second installment of his mash-up project Yasiin Gaye, Nashville composer Amerigo Gazaway has released Yasiin Gaye: The Return. Joining together the forces of iconic singer Marvin Gaye with rapper Yasiin Bey—formerly Mos Def—Gazaway succeeds in creating a beautifully unexpected sound. The tape brings out the best in both musicians, while working specifically to showcase Gaye’s production talent which is often overlooked. Add in some samples from the likes of Chuck Berry, The Temptations, and Talib Kweli, and the soul-rap fusion is complete.

Stream The Return below, and download the collaboration for free here. Also take note of the album artwork. Is it a commentary on Bey’s current immigration status, or just merely a coincidence?