Garage blues musician Hanni El Khatib has teamed up with an unlikely collaborator, legendary rapper Freddie Gibbs on new track Satin Black. Perfectly crafted for cruising with the windows down and the volume high, the pair’s chemistry is uncanny. Effortlessly, Gibbs’ aggressive flow carries over Khatib’s raw rock instrumentals, coming together to create a unique and wickedly enjoyable track. The slow building chorus shows off Khatib’s signature vocals, but overall, his melody takes the backseat, allowing Gibbs to shine through.
Although Khatib has traditionally danced with rock and blues, he’s clearly becoming more and more interested in hip hop of late. His latest single Moonlight has been described as a mix of “RZA and Iggy Pop,” and he’s also recently remixed a track from Wu-Tang’s GZA.
Satin Black is the first single from the third Converse CONS compilation, officially titled CONS EP Vol. 3, bringing together eight artists over four tracks.
Be on the lookout for Khatib’s forthcoming album Moonlight, dropping later this month, while you can catch Freddie Gibbs on a national tour in February.
Words by Lauren + Vince Lee