Music snobs from Brooklyn to Bangladesh know of the amazing talents of this week’s First Look Friday subject. A world renowned drummer, a Ropeadope records franchise player and a true North Philadelphia native — George “Spank” McCurdy has been a quiet force amongst titans such as Sean “Diddy Combs, Jill Scott, Kanye West, Q-Tip, Queen Latifah and others for the past 20 years.
Spank’s musical abilities were nurtured and harnessed from an early age. As with most phenoms, George’s talents were God divine from his days watching the choir director at his church. He would funnel his passion for gospeldelic sounds into the inviting arms of Tye Tribbett, who would work with Spank on the song “No Way” from his Life album. His skills behind the drums are respected by those in the game like Chris “Daddy” Dave and Anderson .Paak.
With his most recent effort, Circa LXXXI, out in the world and available for earholes worldwide, this Olney Original branches out into his own alongside his bandmates Aliyah Niambi (electro vocalist) and Larry Lambert II (bass). As we were fortunate enough to sit down with one of the live musicians of the day, George “Spank” McCurdy broke down his career to us, how he juggles real life with life on the road and shares with us a taste of his emotions on the cut, “Love Sample,” which you can hear for yourself below. Enjoy!
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