You’re Dead was a huge step forward for producer extraordinaire Flying Lotus both conceptually and artistically and a showcase for his vast musical background, (hip-hop, jazz, progressive rock, electronic, and even more). What more do you expect from the grand-nephew of Alice Coltrane?
The track “Eyes Above” from Dead was revealed to have been originally recorded with a verse from Compton MC Kendrick Lamar, but was left out for “political reasons“, which hasn’t stopped FlyLo from teasing fans with it at his lives shows since the album’s release last October. Last night (April 9) during his residency over at BBC Radio 1, FlyLo officially dropped the Kendrick-featured version of “Eyes Above,” and it’s as fierce as you’d hoped it was (the last bar “Buffalo soldiers at war/You shot first, but that ain’t the final score” sounds like the best TPAB holdover). Listen to it above.
Given his varied musical palette, FlyLo is known to collaborate with artists from across the musical spectrum, like good friend Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame, super bassist Thundercat, and funky madame Erykah Badu. In honor of this monumental drop (the song’s barely a minute long, but still!), check out some of FlyLo’s other great collabs.