Mayer Hawthorne’s Crazy Ill B-Side

Written by J.Monkey. Posted in Art, Music

Published on August 16, 2010 with 1 Comment

If you dug Riz’s post on Scott Marr’s intricate vynil carvings your gonna love Mayer Hawthorne’s new 12″. Hit the jump for a look and a listen.

The track ‘I Need You’ is produced by Nottz who Mayer met at a Dilla tribute:

I met Nottz at Nightlife’s Dilla Tribute in L.A. and we just kept in contact. I had always been a fan of Nottz since the 90s. He sent me a bunch of beats and at first I had no idea what to do with any of them, but eventually it hit me. I sang a hook for him on his album as well.

The song is a cover of a cat named Otis Leavill which is one of my all time fav soul sides, but relatively unknown 45. I don’t think Nottz even knew it. I actually even made up some of the words because no one could make out what he said in the original. ha!

When Nottz sent me that batch – that particular beat stood out. It had the same chord progression as the Otis Leville, so I just went with it.

While that’s all cool Stones Throw Records has decided that a collaboration with Miami illustrator Freegums would truely push this release into the territory of collectibles. The A-side contains the track and it’s instrumental while the B-side contains an actual etching of the artwork. The sleeve has a transparent backside so you can admire the flyness from all angles. Scroll down lower for some pictures.



1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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