If you don’t know Syl Johnson’s music, then you’ve still probably heard it somewhere. The underappreciated soul legend’s work forms the backbone of hip-hop classics from artists as varied as the Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, and Kanye West & Jay-Z. While court battles over getting his work’s proper due have threatened to overshadow his considerable creative accomplishments, Johnson is finally getting some of the recognition he deserves with the new documentary, “Any Way The Wind Blows.”
The film, two years in the making, will premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in October. Featuring interviews with the RZA, Prince Paul and Peanut Butter Wolf, the film is a worthy addition to any hip-hop head’s or soul classicist’s watch list.
Check out a quick clip featuring the RZA below, and visit the documentary’s offical website to learn more.