Marvin Gaye Estate Releases ‘What’s Going On’ Visual Album for 50th Anniversary

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The classic Marvin Gaye album is receiving its flowers in honor of its 50th anniversary.

This Friday (May 21st) marks the 50th anniversary of the classic Marvin Gaye album What’s Going On. In honor of the milestone, the Gaye family has released the project as a visual album with all-new art for every track. Each visual was handled by a different artist, including Tim Fox. Check out the new videos on the official Marvin Gaye YouTube channel.

R&B upstart Jac Ross has released an official cover of “What’s Going On” in honor of the date. “I would rank What’s Going On as one of the best pieces I’ve ever heard,” he said in a release. “It holds substance and has charisma all at the same time. To me the album is a socially conscious project. It’s what Marvin sees, being converted to what he says in real time.  Even when we fast forward into the present, this piece of work holds the same impact. The project inspired my career in many ways, one of which is simply making a real effort to speak out when the time is right.  Another thing I’ve learned from watching Marvin’s career is that you can be versatile. You just simply must pay attention to what the world is telling you in that moment.”

Grammy-winning engineer Young Guru has also announced a remix of the iconic title track. The remix is set to drop in June.

“My goal was to meld the worlds of where I’m from,” he said of the forthcoming track. “This record affected my father when it came out, but I also want it to affect my son right now with this remix. And for me, that’s the biggest thing, showing reverence, but also showing how it’s still effective today and how it still goes with the times today.”

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