Drummer Daru Jones has been Jack White’s tour drummer for over 10 years, but his Hip Hop roots run deep. Raised on the golden era sounds of the 1980s and ’90s, Jones has been captivated with Hip Hop culture since inception. Now with a résumé that would make most drummers drool, Jones has collaborated with Pete Rock, Nas, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Smoke DZA, Black Milk and Slum Village, just to name a few.
On Friday (June 17), Jones revealed his latest collaboration with veteran beatsmith Kev Brown, an instrumental album titled A Daru State Of Mind. A nod to Nas’ “NY State Of Mind,” the 20-track project boasts interludes and interviews scattered throughout with Eddie Sancho, a legendary engineer known for his work with Gang Starr, JAY-Z and Nas, among others.