You may not be familiar with the name Galt MacDermot, but you are undoubtedly familiar with his work. Think Broadway musical Hair. Still nothing? Ok, how about Busta Rhymes‘ “Woo hah!!” or what about “Down With The King” by Run-DMC? Even MF DOOM‘s Special Herbs tracks “Pennyroyal,” “Cinqfoil” and “Hyssop?” All these tracks sample from legendary, reclusive Canadian composer. It’s been a long time since anyone has heard or seen from Galt MacDermot – which is why French cool cats Media Gasface decided to take on the challenge of looking for Galt. The resulting documentary titled (duh) Lookin4Galt, is an exploration of Galt’s legacy on hip-hop sampling, as well as where he could be hiding in NYC. With the help of Pete Rock, Prince Paul, Buckwild, Da Beatminerz, Statik Selectah, DJ Whoo Kid, Bill Adler, and more, the dudes at Media Gasface were able to put together a humorous yet appreciative look at the man really behind some of hip-hop’s classics.
Below you can peep the trailer as well as some extra side footage featuring Just Blaze talm bout some of his favorite sample source generators, Pete Rock discussing work with Kanye and Jay-Z, J Dilla, and Heavy D, and Egotrip’s Chairman Mao talking about the now ancient Roosevelt Hotel record convention. You can also check an exclusive DJ Green Giant mix dedicated to the Galt legacy. Catch the full documentary after the jump.