Gorillaz, Damon Albarn Consider Vince Staples "Anti-Hip Hop"
#DXCLUSIVE: The British multi-instrumentalist also opens up about Gorillaz's origins with Dan The Automator, Kid Koala and Del The Funky Homosapien.
New York, NY – lead singer of Blur, Damon Albarn probably didn't realize that he stumbled upon a magic formula, when he crossed paths with illustrator Jamie Hewlett, in 1990. With backgrounds in music and art, together, the two finally revealed in the Gorillaz, a cartoon band composed by the fictional characters Murdoc, 2d, Noodle and Russel.
His love for '80s bands like Tears For fears, The Smiths and The Cure to his total immersion in 2 Tones of the music (more commonly known as a punk-infused version of ska), Albarn's eclectic range of musical tastes has helped shape the talented pianist in a well-rounded musician in his own right.
It also serves as a compass to help guide you to Gorillaz in the stadium-sized sound. The group's most recent studio album, Humanz, find the features of all over the map. Artists like Pusha T, De La Soul, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Popcaan, A. D. A. M., Grace Jones, and singer Anthony Hamilton powder the 20-track effort with their different styles of sonic brilliance.
Staples, who set the Big Fish of the Theory in the month of June, was attended with Albarn on the track "Love Can Be". Evidently, the Long Beach MC is also one of Albarn's greatest new discoveries. With their affinity for minimal techno-tinged beats, Staples, often stands out against the homogeneity of their new generation counterparts. Staples is currently on a U.S. tour with Gorillaz, and Albarn is spending the next few weeks to 24 years of age.
"He is a great," Albarn tells HipHopDX in his unmistakable British accent. "He is doing something different. It is a kind of anti-Hip Hop, isn't it? I like that style. I like that you do not purchase more than the distraction of the aspects of the culture."
"I was thrilled to be on his album," he adds. "It made Me happy. We understood each other very well. He is a real character. I'm looking forward to getting out with him for the next seven weeks."
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