Every so often, a mashup project — something we normally aren’t too keen on here at Prefix — comes along and, well, just works. That’s most certainly the case with Fela Soul, a project by producer Amerigo Gazaway that combines the music of Fela Kuti and De La Soul. When you think about it, this amalgam of sounds isn’t that strange. De La’s Posdnuos rarely raps perfectly on the beat and, instead, chooses to flow freely where he sees fit. So who better to complement his cadence than Fela Kuti and his oddly timed Afrobeat jams?
Aside from seamlessly blending De La’s a capellas and Kuti’s brassy, funky tunes, Gazaway has chosen perhaps some of the Long Island group’s best tracks for this project. We’re talking “Stakes Is High,” “Rock Co. Kane Flow,” “Ooh,” and “Breakadawn,” among others.
You can stream the mixtape below and download it on Bandcamp. You can also peep a video on the project below the stream.