Amerigo Gazaway & Cavendish Archive – It Don’t Stop feat. Napoleon Da Legend | single

Cavendish Archive and Soul Mates Records proudly present ‘Cavendish Reimagined: Amerigo Gazaway Edition’ – a sun-soaked, soulful collection of golden age hip-hop sampled entirely from ’60s and ’70s records from the Boosey & Hawkes and Cavendish Music archive. Produced and performed by Amerigo Gazaway of Soul Mates Records, with additional rap performances from a range of lyricists including Napoleon Da Legend, Dillon and Awon.

Listen to the lead single ‘We Ain’t Playin’ (feat. Dillon), pre-order the digital/CD and stay tuned for the full album dropping 6/7/24:

“As a record collector and hip-hop producer, I’ve always had a special affinity for library and production music from the ‘60’s and ‘70’s (especially the Boosey & Hawkes collection, which many of us DJs and sample hunters have become familiar with on our digging expeditions). While most library records are originally made with the intention of being used in film soundtracks, commercials and TV, they have also become an endless source of inspiration and sample material for some of hip-hop’s greatest producers and crate diggers.

Library music holds a special place in my heart, because I believe it often possesses a certain level of artistic freedom, musicianship, and an experimental quality rarely found in other more traditional forms of music. These were players and artists who were not attempting to make pop radio ‘hits’ – instead they were trying to enhance the overall emotional and narrative elements of the stories being told on-screen.

So when Cavendish Music reached out to me to see if I wanted to delve into their infinitely vast catalog, it was like a producer’s ‘dream come true’ and an offer I couldn’t refuse. To make things a little more interesting, I challenged myself to write original rap lyrics for each track and enlisted a handful of my favorite emcees and collaborators to join me for the ride. I hope you enjoy the results!”

– Amerigo Gazaway

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