Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly
Released On: Jun 01, 2004
Released By: PIAS
Deep in the black of yo' mind / it's the funky of another kind / it's the rhythm / the rhythm God give 'em."
The opening line of "Waltz of a Ghetto Fly," the title track from Amp"s first solo album, is a tribute to all the cool dudes Amp saw strutting down the streets of his hometown Detroit. The legendary George Clinton recruited a young Amp to play lead keyboards with his seminal funk group Parliament Funkadelic which led to collaborations with Prince, Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies, Fishbone and Maxwell.
Stepping out from the background and finding his own voice, Amp"s self-written and self-produced Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly is an epic funk odyssey that carries on Detroit"s legacy of deep and moving soul music. Infectious songs like "Superficial" and "I Believe in You" give the record a warm, intimate sound that"s reminiscent of classic 70s albums by Stevie Wonder or Sly and the Family Stone. Amp is also influenced by the future-soul and techno leanings of Detroit innovators like Carl Craig and Derrick May, so a modern dance groove stays intact throughout the album. The centerpiece of the album is the cinematic and jazz-tinged "Waltz of a Ghetto Fly," a song that features George Clinton and was co-produced by underground hip-hop hero J. Dilla. Amp's musical vision brings together soulful sounds of the past, forward thinking cosmic funk and technological ideas of the future. With Amp in charge, these diverse sounds are all united by funky rhythms- the rhythm God give "em.