Forty-four years after the death of Nat King Cole, rap artists and producers are coming together to celebrate his life. Nas, will.i.am [click to read], Cee-Lo [click to read], The Roots [click to read], and Just Blaze have all lent their voices and talents to the album Re:Generations.
The collaborative effort will consist of thirteen of Cole’s classic recordings, remixed with the styles of each artist, producer, or deejay. Inside the cover, Los Angeles-based visual artists have used Cole’s music to create custom album artwork.
In addition to commemorating Cole’s contributions to music and African American culture, the album will work towards connecting the generations.
“With Re:Generations, we want to musically and visually bridge the so-called generation gap and hopefully create mutual admiration and respect between teens, parents, and grands of every culture,” said Carole Cole, Nat King Cole’s daughter and CEO of King Cole Partners and Productions.
The compilation will not only embrace Hip Hop, but also Latin music, Reggae, and Rock. Some of the most notable artists of these other genres are Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen Marley, who bring a Reggae twist to Cole’s “Calypso Blues.”
Below is the tracklist for Re:Generations:
1. Lush Life produced by Cee-Lo
2. Straighten Up And Fly Right produced by will.i.am, featuring Natalie Cole
3. Day In Day Out produced by Cut Chemist
4. Brazilian Love Song produced by Michaelangelo L’Acqua featuring Bebel Gilberto
5. The Game of Love produced by Salaam Remi, featuring Nas
6. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home produced by The Roots
7. Hit That Jive, Jack! produced by Souldiggaz featuring Izza Kizza
8. Calypso Blues produced by and featuring Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley &
9. More & More Of Your Amor produced by Bitter:Sweet
10. El Choclo produced by Brazilian Girls
11. Pick-Up produced by Just Blaze
12. Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere produced by Amp Fiddler
13. Nature Boy produced by TV on the Radio
“We have no doubts that if Nat were here today, he would embrace all of the artists on this record,” said Carole Cole.
Re:Generations will be available on March 10th.