For those of you that venture beyond the comforting embrace of hip hop (which we all must do from time to time), Seattle native Chris Mansfeld is a name that you should familiarize yourself with. The Berklee-educated lead singer/songwriter of Fences has collaborated with Macklemore in addition to releasing an underrated folk-pop classic with the group's 2009 self-titled album. I won't write anymore about the well-tattooed singer, as this article by Eric Grandy of The Stranger pretty much covers the bases, but I had to post this beautiful, haunting song.
The song, originally from Fences, features Mansfeld singing about the connections he shares with an absent father figure--the necklace he wore to class, the same smile, even the same tattoos--and deals implicitly with the singer's fear of becoming him. While the original version of the song was good, the remix by Sabzi of the Blue Scholars elevates it to an entirely new level. It's one of my personal favorites and I hope you enjoy it.
Peace, Love, & Fences,