Audio: MdCL Presents *Next Collective Mixtape*

posted on December 10th 2012 in afromentals & Frolaborators & Music with 0 Comments


NEXT Collective is a group of heavyweight US jazz musicians. they’re put together an album covering some of their favorite artists and reinterpreting them from a jazz perspective… material by Little Dragon, Jay Z and Kanye West, D’Angelo, N.E.R.D, Stereolab, Drake, Meshell Ndegeocello and more gets reworked by Logan Richardson (sax), Walter Smith III (sax), Matthew Stevens (guitar), Gerald Clayton (keys), Kris Bowers (keys), Ben Williams (bass), Jamire Williams (drums) and guest trumpeter Christian Scott. All killing musicians individually (Jamire and Ben have been featured on my own CHURCH shows too), and collectively they’ve done something really interesting with their album ‘Cover Art‘. Here’s my mixtape giving you a lil preview to what they’re doing side by side with the original versions…”


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Greg "Cognito" Barr first entered the hip hop world as a dancer during the early 1990s in the DC metro area. Later his love for hip hop brought him to Atlanta, GA where he formed the underground group massinfluence. With massinfluence, the relationships within the music industry grew both here in the US and abroad during their many European tours with the likes of the Company Flow, Beat Junkies, Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Blackstar and many others. Also during these years is when Cognito, also known as "Nito", put his mark in hip hop iconography by introducing his line of t-shirts "Nonstop Hip Hop" which was featured in classic video by De La Soul and Jeru the Damaja. Over the past 10 years, Nito has captured classic footage of some of hip hops greatest, including Jay Z, Mos Def, The Gorillaz, Nikka Costa, MF DOOM, De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch and The Roots. Recently, Cognito shot and compiled 4 years of concert and behind the scenes footage of Talib Kweli for a still to be released documentary.

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