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Galactic Still Getting Joy From Rap Collaboration

Of the Oakland Press

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It’s been nearly eight months since New Orleans’ Galactic released “From the Corner to the Block,” the funk group’s collaboration with a handful of rappers. But guitarist Jeff Raines still marvels at the results.

“Overall, we really didn’t know what to expect. We hadn’t worked in that world,” notes Raines, 36. “We just really wanted to get some cool little drum tracks going that people would find compelling to work over, but we didn’t know how they were going to come out or what the vibe would be like.

“But then the MCs started to come in and we could really see what these songs could be. It was really a special project.”

Touring is a little more special for Galactic this spring. The group is joined by Boots Riley of the Coup, who rapped on the track “Hustle Up” and is covering some of the other MCs parts at the shows.

“He brings the house down, man. He’s just great — and a very cool guy,” says Raines. “His is definitely one of the favorite tracks on the album, and on stage he’s just fantastic. He’s kind of an eccentric guy; he just has this sort of unique vibe, but it really adds something to the show.”

Galactic featuring Boots Riley and the Salvador Santana Band performs Sunday April 13) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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