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Thirteen Prayers: Kamasi Washington's Favourite Albums
Paul Smith , May 18th, 2016 11:43

Before he embarks on a summer of touring following his excellent 2015 album The Epic, the saxophonist and bandleader makes some difficult decisions to give Paul Smith 13 albums that affected his musical approach


Busta Rhymes – When Disaster Strikes...
Busta, kind of like Billie Holiday, really affected the way I phrase. When I was young, I was into hip-hop but as I got a little older, I started getting into jazz, playing sax. I had really let hip-hop go to a degree and I only listened to it while I was with my friends. After I got this record, that's what brought me back to being a hip-hop fan and I started buying it again.

Busta's flow and delivery is so dope. I used to mimic it on sax. Sometimes I build up those repetitive rhythms in a solo. There's such a power to his rhythmic cadence. You feel the whole gamut of the human being when you listen to it.

I've never worked with him but I'd love to. We were on tour together once when I was playing with Snoop. We did the Rock The Mic tour and he would kill it every night with nothing but him, a DJ and a turntable.