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This past spring, D.C.-based DJ 2-Tone Jones and his business partner Gerald Watson released Shaolin Jazz: The 37th Chamber, an effective mashup of classic Wu-Tang verses and abstract jazz loops. On “Baby I Got Yo’ Love,” for instance, 2-Tone mixed the vocals of Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s “Got Yo’ Money” atop Lonnie Liston Smith‘s “Love Beams.” “The Brew Out” blended Killarmy‘s “The Shoot Out” with Miles Davis‘ “Bitches Brew.”
It’s more of the same on The Gil Scott Suite, a quick three-song EP on which 2-Tone finds even more Wu vocals to use. This time though, he mixes those verses with Gil Scott-Heron instrumentals as a tribute to the late poet and musician. “Gil’s Pinky Ring (pt. 1)” pairs the Clan’s “Uzi” with Scott-Heron’s “The Bottle.” Method Man‘s head-nodding “PLO Style” meets the moody “Rivers Of My Fathers.”
Listen to “Gil’s Pinky Ring (pt. 1)” below.