Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, T-Pain, Ludacris and a host of other artists have teamed up to celebrate the legacy of pioneering musician Quincy Jones on the new album Q: Soul Boss Nostra.
Jones, who serves as executive producer of the project, called upon the top artists and producers in the music industry to create Q: Soul Bossa Nostra.
In addition to the aforementioned rappers, the album features appearances by Usher, John Legend, Talib Kweli, Mary J. Blige, Akon, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Robin Thicke, Wyclef Jean, Q-Tip, Three 6 Mafia, David Banner, BeBe Winans, Scott Storch, Mervyn Warren and Jermaine Dupri.
Each artist picked a song to remake from Jones’ vast catalog, which spans six decades.
“Each artist picked a song that really resonated with them for different reasons – some of them having a connection because they remembered their parents playing the track when they were growing up,” Jones told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “I am honored that everyone wanted to be a part of this celebration of these songs. They all made them their own, and knocked them out of the park.”
The first single from the album is Akon’s remake of “Strawberry Letter 23,” originally a hit for The Brothers Johnson in 1977.
Jones has collaborated with a number of top artists during his legendary career.
In 1989, Jones released Back on the Block, which featured songs by artists like Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Big Daddy Kane, Ice-T, Prince and others.
In 1995, Jones released Q’s Juke Joint, which featured appearances by LL Cool J, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin, Sarah Vaughn, Gloria Estefan, Kid Capri, Funkmaster Flex and others.
Throughout his career, Jones has worked with everyone from Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra, to Will Smith and Michael Jackson.
Quincy Jones’ Q: Soul Boss Nostra is due in stores in May or June, on Interscope