I stumbled across this recently.
Vice/Noisey has a series they are doing with producer Mr. Green called “Live From the Streets” where they go out and find street musicians, record them and make tracks from their sounds.
The one above was the first one I saw before I went back a looked at older ones. This one is pretty touching. Mr. Green found this dude named “Country” who lives in Tent City in Camden, New Jersey. He took his vocals, made a beat out of it and put Pace Won from the Outsidaz on it.
“Country” is obviously down on his luck, but up in his spirit. Having a song made from his vocals really made his day. His voice actually reminds me of Gil Scott-Heron’s. Hopefully somebody see this and gives the guy a shot at something.
Then there’s one featuring a guy named Kevin Brown with Malik B of the Roots (glad to see this guy is still active).
The one that jams the hardest might be this one with a ukulele player named Janice and rapper Jus Allah.
After the songs are made, they become available for purchase or download at Mr. Green’s website. I hope “Country” gets a little change for his efforts.