“Keith struggled so much, because the lifestyle that was glorified, was not his lifestyle…”
Highly respected jazz saxophonist and bandleader Branford Marsalis has always hand a strong hand in Hip-Hop. Unlike his brother Wynton, who doesn’t even recognize Hip-Hop as a true art form, Branford’s work with Hip-Hop musicians goes back to his sax solo on Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.” His most famous contribution was linking with DJ Premier for two albums as Buckshot LeFonque, a group project that merged jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, rock, and pop. While admittedly closer with Premier, Marsalis speaks on what events he felt lead to Guru’s demise.
He also talks about the Musician’s Village he started with Harry Connick, Jr for New Orleans’ Hurricane Katrina survivors. A few years back, I got the chance to personally work on building some of the homes there.
The audio is at times difficult to hear due to the loud music in the background, but it’s still well worth the listen.