Reggins Hangin On In There As Best They Can
During Earth, Wind & Fire’s early period, the group collaborated with filmmaker, spoken-word artist and iconoclast Melvin Van Peebles for Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, a violent experimental film of a male prostitute caught up in black revolutionary fervor that became an unexpected Blaxploitation-era hit. The soundtrack replicates the chaotic narrative with a free jazz opera of gospel hollers, Van Peebles’ poetic chants and movie snippets, including the crazed “Come On Feet” and the instrumental groove “Sweetback’s Theme.” Decades later, Sweetback has become sample catnip for musicians, particularly the mysterious L.A. artist Quasimoto. As for EWF? All they remember is that they barely got paid for the sessions.