"New York, 1994. Nas released “Illmatic”, one of the most important Hip-Hop albums in the history of the genre, which undoubtedly has had a profound impact. Nasir Jones’ album is a bitter reflection about living in Queens, during the ‘90s. The iconic track, ‘NY State of Mind’ produced by DJ Premier, depicts life in the Ghetto, shooting, drug dealing, and survival, the brutal honesty delivered by this track has made it one of most important tracks about NYC.
Lahore, 2016. Drawing some parallels with ‘90s New York, Lahore, a city
struggling with terrorism, poverty and a drug epidemic. In this bustling
city, the experimental ensemble Jaubi, famed for fusing traditional
Hindi music with Hip-Hop and Jazz, were sitting together with their
instruments. In home conditions with one mic, faced with NAS’s classic
and a desire to translate the story to reflect the struggle of living in
the big Pakistani city.
The result of combining the main theme produced
by Dj. Premier with musicians talents is a spiritual journey through
the streets of Lahore.
London, 2018. Social unrest, Grenfell Tower, and growing difficulties
with knife crime. Here, Al Dobson Jr, one of the best music Producers in
this part of the world decided to make a meta-remix of the Hindi-Jazz
track ‘Lahore State of Mind’. The remix is a ‘deconstruction of
reconstruction from deconstruction’. Isn’t that complicated as it
Al Dobson Jr deciding to recreate Dj Premier’s steps, which
used a sample from Joe Chambers “Mind Rain”, but using Jaubi’s samples
The journey from New York, with a layover in London and finally arriving
in Lahore takes form as a seven inch single released by Astigmatic
Records." - Jaubi (Band)