Yesterday the internet outdid itself. Gary Clark Jr, the 6 foot 6 Australian model dating blues impresario dropped a remix tape of his Grammy Award winning Black & Blu record. Talib Kweli, Bilal, Big KRIT, Robert Glasper & Alice Smith all drop by in what appears to be a recreation of my wet dreams from 2004. Clark’s voice and guitar remains the star here but some snappier hip hop production helps bring the blues to the backpack crowd.
Rap wise, it is Big KRIT who takes centre stage, adding his southern drawl to the album’s title track. Between Texan Clark & Mississippi native KRIT, the opener feels like a meeting point of southern music, past present & future. In 2013 KRIT stepped onto A$AP Rocky’s 1 Train alongside Pretty Flacko, Kendrick, Danny Brown, Joey Bad, Action Bronson & Yelawolf and dominated. A$AP subsequently got on Hot97 to proclaim that KRIT had the best verse on the track, despite sharing the beat with platinum selling company. These chops are more than evident here.
My only grip with the tape is that Clark missed a trick by not inviting LA MC Blu to join the ‘Black & Blu’ party, but it may be that Clark is less obsessed with obvious & shit puns than I am. You win this round Gary.
- Chris P