Respect The Architect: Red (The Man Without The Machine)

i-should-tell-ya-momma-on-youWhen this video first hit YouTube in December of 2008, it spread like wild fire across the interwebs. I vividly recall being sent the link to this curious parking lot G-Funk beat boxer (we now know as Red “The Man Without The Machine”) countless times by folks who were equally impressed with the rather casual and understated display of his immense talent. Aside from anonymous YouTube haters, Red “The Man Without The Machine” has rightfully won over the hearts (and savvy, discriminating ears) of Stones Throw Records who released the original version of the joint “I Should Tell Ya Momma on You” (showcased in his YouTube debut behind the HVW8 Art + Design Gallery) alongside Dam-Funk’s supreme remix. Here is a description of the track taken from Stones Throw’s site: “Equal parts G-funk, California Soul and Hobo Street, the song features full musical accompaniment created only by Red. The natural funk and flow struck a chord with an international audience representing a true Cali sound. In this era of T-Pain and excess studio production, the video showcased an almost forgotten musical form with no auto-tune or talk-box, only the beating of his chest and the hum of his throat as a bass kick and snare, and highlighted by signature vocals and original rhymes, this was Red – The Man Without The Machine. Stones Throw’s resident funk maestro Dam-Funk remixed the track into a West Coast funk classic.” Shout out to FWMJ for re-igniting the Red flame via Twitter this week. It would be a mistake not to support a heavyweight talent in an era of lightweight auto-tuned poorly-produced emcees who struggle to sustain one note. In the words of Guru, respect the architect:

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