Various Artists – Take Me To The River

This is one of the weirdest, yet most awesome albums I’ve ever heard. Here’s the story: old Memphis blues and soul legends get together with current Memphis rappers to collaborate on an album. The whole process is made into a documentary with the same name as the album. Now, I could write countless thousands of words on how great it is for the older and newer generations to collaborate, how current artists need to be more willing to go outside the box like these did, how important it is for the legends of music to pass down their knowledge to those who are worthy, but I won’t. I’ll let you listen to the album and get all of that from the music.

Just to give you an idea of what you’re getting into, the album kicks off with an “Ain’t No Sunshine” cover sung by blues legend, Bobby “Blue” Bland, featuring a verse from Yo Gotti. I’m not sure I could create a weirder sentence than that if I tried.

Besides “Ain’t No Sunshine,” standout tracks include, “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” by William Bell & Snoop Dogg, “Supposed To Be” by Booker T and Al Kapone & one of my favorite songs from the last few years, “They Wanna Be Like Me” by The Bar-Kays and 8 Ball & MJG.

Various Artists – Take Me To The River

Side note: As of writing this, the documentary is still available to watch on Netflix, and it’s also worth your time.

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