It takes skill to make a retro-sounding song that sounds like it could really be a throwback cut, but to create a whole album? Tuxedo did that and did it well with their self-titled debut album. Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One's '80s funk and R&B project sounded as authentic as they come on songs "Watch the Dance," "So Good," "Do It" and "Number One," their ingenious flip of Snoop Dogg's "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)." Tuxedo's originals took us back to the days of Solid Gold, body rolls and juicy Jheri curls, and we didn't want the musical time machine to transport us back to present day.
Tuxedo is just one of Mayer Hawthorne's side projects, but we hope that after setting it off in 2015 that he and Jake One carve out time to create more authentic throwback joints where this album came from in 2016. -- Butta