Okay, now that that's out of the way: this album kills. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' own Dirty Dozen Brass Band covered Marvin Gaye's classic album "What's Going On?".
They could not have chose a better album to cover--the issues in Gaye's deeply personal and political album remains relevant today, and one can only imagine how much his calls for social justice resonate with these musicians who lost their homes to the devastating hurricane.
If a top-tier brass band covering classic motown funk doesn't do it for you (and it really should), then get this: Public Enemy's Chuck D does vocals for the first track, and Betty Lavette, Ian Neville, G. Love, and Guru also contribute vocals for other tracks.
This is a great listen. Check it out, and then buy the album: proceeds go to benefit the New Orleans music community.
(but seriously, am I the only one posting here anymore? i'm 12 and what is this)