Blak and Blu Remixed

Gary Clark Jr.’s major label debut gets remodeled next month

Blak and Blu Remixed

Hailed as the only artist nominated in one Grammy year for both Best Rock Song (“Ain’t Messin ‘Round”) and Best Traditional R&B Song (“Please Come Home”), Gary Clark Jr. now bends genres even further. Next month, there’s Blak and Blue: The Mixtape, a hip-hop-structured comp of unreleased tracks and remakes of his major label debut.

The collection’s not yet complete, but Warner Bros., Clark’s label, maintains that’ll happen over the next couple weeks. The local guitar hero’s already culled contributions from singers Erykah Badu, Bilal, and Jill Scott, rapper Talib Kweli, and Houston jazz-hop impresario Robert Glasper.

If the Big K.R.I.T.-assisted remake of Blak and Blu’s title track streaming here is any indication, The Mixtape will offer a deep descent into Clark’s expansive interests. The Austinite’s national bow came out October 2012 as something of a hodgepodge drawing blood from the legends of Jimi Hendrix, Al Green, and Little Johnny Taylor, and matched elements of deep blues alongside contemporary hip-hop in ways few albums had prior.

Such experimentation drew ire from Clark traditionalists in search of Delta blues, but that adventurousness proved provocative for a much wider audience. A couple years removed from playing for $3 covers at Lamberts, Clark had taken full command of his root passions.

More Gary Clark Jr.
ACL Review: Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr.
Homecoming for Sonny Boy Slim could’ve gone three hours

Tim Stegall, Oct. 3, 2015

Gary Clark Jr. Takes <i>Austin City Limits</i> Stadium
Gary Clark Jr. Takes Austin City Limits Stadium
Rare taping turning around results in grandiloquence

Raoul Hernandez, Aug. 25, 2015

More by Chase Hoffberger
Election Notes
Election Notes
More than 713,000 registered voters need to know what's going on

Oct. 21, 2016

Groping Women, Ducking Questions, Fighting Lightweights, Bashing Bonds
Groping Women, Ducking Questions, Fighting Lightweights, Bashing Bonds
Election notes from the city, state, country, and beyond

Oct. 14, 2016


Gary Clark Jr., Talib Kweli, Big KRIT, Warner Bros., Blak and Blu, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Robert Glasper

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)