On tour in Australia, I met Aloe Blacc. He was touring with Mya Jupiter, and DJ’ing her music. Since he wasn’t on the bill as a headliner.. NATURALLY I treated him badly and hated on him every chance I got.
Well now I’m really going to regret that, because his song “I Need A Dollar” has been named as the THEME SONG for a new HBO production, “How To Make It In America”..!
Actually you probably realize that is not at all how it went down in Australia..
Aloe Blacc – FIRST OF ALL… He is Panamanian…. BIGGG IT UUUUP..!
I heard someone singing pitch-perfect Salsa / Merengue tunes in Spanish when I was backstage. I had to go see who it was, because it was well wicked. It turned out to be a Stones Throw Records soul singer named Aloe Blacc; there as part of the great Mya Jupiter’s show.
Maya Jupiter, Aloe Blacc and a badazz Flamenco, Mariachi guitarist Victor Valdes played live instruments, Hip-Hop & Dancehall breaks, and even incorporated an Iron Butterfly bassline (the one Nas sampled). This was worked into a set that touched on music from every corner of the globe.
After getting to know their crew, there was a small mention about the possibilities with Aloe and HBO, but you never know until you sign the contracts, and the show is running. I am glad to see that opportunity was waiting for him once he touched back down in L.A.
Aloe Blacc / I Need A Dollar / How To Make It In America Theme Song