In the debut of Beats, Business and Branding, host, Hip-Hop Pioneer Spyder D conducts an interview with twin music legends the Fantastic Aleems to discuss their new projects, including their relationship with Guitar God Jimi Hendrix when they lived with him and was his backup band, the Ghetto Fighters.
Hendrix and The Ghetto Fighters were working on an album as co-producers, with the twins, then known as Arthur and Albert Allen, aka The Ghetto Fighters. Contractual obligations forbid Hendrix to sing on the Ghetto Fighter album but he did begin to lay down that inimitable guitar style on several tracks that he and the twins were co-producing.
Hendrix also shared several unique ideas with the twins, including several musical items that he gave the twins, including twin guitars that the twins donated to the Hendrix estate (The guitars are now on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Jimi's famous wah-wah pedal, the red and black guitar strap Jimi used in one of his most famous concert appearance, and, a musical superhero character called Jimi and the Whirl of The Mu, that Jimi had envisioned being on the Saturday morning cartoon schedule in the seventies.
The twins did not want to see their work and Jimi's vision go to his grave with him when he died an untimely death while overseas, so they painstakingly worked with the Hendrix estate to get the right to finish wat the three had begun, including the superhero character and The Ghetto Fighters album.
The Aleems later formed a group with Leroy Burgess frequently being the lead singer, and had such hits as "Release Yourself" and "Confusion" to name a few.
We will have a worldwide exclusive of one of the Ghetto Fighters songs with Hendrix played for the first time anywhere. Tune in August 2nd, 10 PM!
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