Zone Out To “Purple Moonlight,” The Chopped & Screwed “Moonlight” Soundtrack

By now you’ve probably heard about Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali’s previous career as a rapper with Hieroglyphics’ Hiero Imperium label. Maybe you’ve even noticed his more recent forays in the rap scene when he hosted Hus Kingpin’s House of Kingpin mixtape in the guise of his House of Cards character Remy Danton.

But the winner of the Academy Award’s Best Picture has strong connections to hip hop culture within the film itself. Particularly notable is the inclusion of a chopped and screwed version of Jidenna’s ‘Classic Man.” As the Chief told Vulture, at first he was hesitant about the track’s usage because he “couldn’t imagine this bouncy fun-ass record being placed in such a pivotal scene,” but that it all clicked when he heard the more somber reworking. Jidenna continued, “‘Classic Man’ is less about fashion than about the character. It’s great that Moonlight matched that: This character was trying to find himself. I love that Moonlight is essentially about what it means to be a man in the neighborhood, in society, and it just so happens that the main character loves this other man.”

It turns out those edits didn’t stop with “Classic Man.” Chopstars have made an entire mixtape of “Chopped Not Slopped” takes on the Moonlight soundtrack in the form of Purple Moonlight, a project that comes with the full blessing of the film’s director, Barry Jenkins.

Purple Moonlight features the aforementioned edit of Jidenna’s track, as well as versions of Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” Goodie Mobb’s “Cell Therapy,” Erykah Badu’s “Tyrone” and other classic joints. You can stream the full project below.

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