The Menahan Street Band got their name on the grid thanks to Jay-Z, who being famously sampled by Jay-Z in his own 'Roc Boys,' long before the band was able to crank out a full-length album.
As the sample laced through Jay-Z's 'American Gangster' tune was raging across the globe, the Latin-tinged soul super group, which features members of Budos Band, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Antibalas, was packed into Tommy 'TNT' Brenneck's Brooklyn apartment (on, well, Menahan Street), cranking away at what would become 'Make the Road by Walking.'"This was more of a chance to experiment in the studio, experiment with sound and bring in different people for different songs," Brenneck tells Spinner of the band. "It was a chance to record some music that was just a little more outside of the box that these other bands have, like the Budos and Sharon Jones."
The band filed into our New York studio to offer up a rare live look at the bedroom creation that has become the Menahan Street Band, with a tightly-woven performance of five stellar soul numbers.
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