Muthoni The Drummer Queen concluded 2013 with a significant bang by pioneering a new model of music marketing and distribution by partnering with the Standard Group for the release of her second album entitled MDQ. Earlier this year she stepped it up a notch by launching a revamped version of the album – MDQ Upgraded – via a concert streamed live on YouTube and on Homeboyz Radio.
The innovative launches are not the only interesting things about MDQ and MDQ Upgraded. The production value of both albums are really good with a variety of out of the box beats and samples. One of the standout tracks is Baby Don’t Go (Remix) which features South African hip hop star Khuli Chana.
The stellar production of Baby Don’t Go can be attributed to the sampling that brings a popular blues song much closer to hip hop, one of its natural descendants. The track samples a version of a blues track called Baby Please Don’t Go by Rose Mitchell. Just as little is known about Rose Mitchell, even less is known about the original composer of Baby Please Don’t Go which had long been considered a blues standard by the 1930s, traced all the way back to nineteenth century slavery blues.
The most popular version of this song was performed by the blues legend Big Joe Williams. It has since been covered by a HUGE list of artists including Muddy Waters, AC/DC and Aerosmith.