Critically-acclaimed funk duo Tuxedo (Grammy-nominated R&B/soul recording artist Mayer Hawthorne and Grammy-nominated hip-hop producer Jake One) has released the official music video for their single “Toast 2 Us.” The video for the tantalizing love song featuring special guest Benny Sings, off their latest album Tuxedo III, pays homage to a handful of the duo’s favorite classic album covers. Watch the video now below!
“‘Toast 2 Us’ is the first slow jam we’ve released as a single, so we wanted to do something different for the visual,” shares Tuxedo. “Re-enacting a bunch of classic album covers seemed like a good idea. Benny Sings shot his scene in a Super 8 equivalent pool in Amsterdam.”
Tuxedo III, the duo’s critically-acclaimed third studio album, was released July 19th via their own label, Funk on Sight, and entered the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart in the Top 10 upon its release. Produced and arranged by Tuxedo, the 11-track album also features the singles “The Tuxedo Way” and “Vibrations” along with an array of special guests including MF DOOM, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Parisalexa, Leven Kali, Battlecat, DāM-FunK and Gavin Turek in addition to Benny Sings. PRESS HERE to stream/download Tuxedo III. PRESS HERE to watch the official video for “The Tuxedo Way,“ showcasing some of the world’s best poppers.
Tuxedo recently wrapped a successful North American summer headlining tour in support of the album. The cross-country outing featured sold-out shows in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Ana. This November, Tuxedo returns to Japan for a round of appearances. Stay tuned to www.tuxedofunk.com for the latest tour dates and updates.
Bonding over a shared love of Chic, Parliament, and the other signs in the greater funk Zodiac, Tuxedo (Los Angeles-based Hawthorne and Seattle-based One), has been steadily making a name for themselves over the past five years, standing at the forefront of a new wave of gangster boogie – one that owes as much to G-funk as P-funk. Their first full-length release, Tuxedo (2015, Stones Throw Records), debuted at #1 on iTunes’ R&B chart in the U.S. and Top 10 on Billboard‘s R&B Albums Chart. Their follow-up album on Stones Throw Records, Tuxedo II (2017), which premiered with a special performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is a modern testament to unity and positivity in trying times, serving as a reminder that the dance floor will always be there to welcome you, whoever you are. Tuxedo has since performed on Conan and NPR’s Tiny Desk and been featured by the likes of Billboard, Wax Poetics, Mass Appeal, DJ Mag, HipHopDX, Nylon, OkayPlayer, Huffington Post, EW.com, and Medium, among many others, throughout their rise. Tuxedo’s music has been streamed nearly 40 million times on Spotify, with their playful, throwback-centric music videos amassing over 16 million views on YouTube. Considering their individual successes – Mayer Hawthorne’s four acclaimed solo albums and Jake One’s impressive production work for hip-hop’s elite including Drake, Future, The Weeknd and De La Soul – and eight Grammy nominations between the two of them, it’s no surprise that their powers combined have yet again yielded an absolute slapper, perfect for dance parties in 2019 and beyond.