I saw when I was watching the Grammys


“I saw when I was watching the Grammys last week that Elliott Smith had passed away. When I saw that, my face just dropped. I had always wanted to work with him. I know that people were saying that his music was dark. But his energy was definitely felt. It felt like life to me. Yes, there was a darkness and I’m always attracted to dark chords anyway and he would play these chords and I’d be like “whoa”. He kind of reminded me of the Beatles to some degree with some of his structure and I’m a Beatles fan so that was the immediate connection but then there was a deeper part of it that was just so dark. And what he was writing about – I connected with it. I think the album was called ‘XO’ and that’s the first album that I’ve heard of him. I know he has a lot more material. Wish list? Definitely Elliott Smith.”

Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest)


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