When I got home, I “borrowed indefinitely” my moms Mingus Big Band CD which had the original version of the song. It has remained without question, my favorite song of all time. I always thought about sampling the song for my own music but something felt weird about doing it…. Until now. I took the song to my brother Isaak at @undercaste and together we crafted a hip hop song that preserves the essence of the original song that can I feel proud of and gives it something new. The song itself is short and therapeutic. 1 part homage to Mingus, 1 part call for personal growth and 1 part call to people to do better with their art.
I feel like their isn’t enough Jazz in hip hop anymore. Maybe, in some small way, this can change that.
Kublakai – “Moan” #wheelsup
Inspired by Charles Mingus’ “Moanin'”