mno-buttonaha1Spencer “Big Cats” Wirth-Davis was frustrated with copyright restrictions inherent in the hip hop music he was creating with sampled beats. When his mother and biggest supporter succumbed to ovarian cancer, he buried himself in composition, creating a mountain of original work to sample from.

The youngest composer and only hip hop artist recognized with a McKnight Composers Fellowship from the American Composers Forum and the McKnight Foundation, Wirth-Davis’ resulting instrumental hip hop/R+B album For My Mother was released in October 2012.

Special Thanks:
Eric Blomquist

Additional Footage:
Isaac Gale
Jason Ho
David Jensen
Adam Krinsky
Unique Techniques

Additional Musicians:
Joseph Adrian – Guitar, Electric Sitar
Eric Blomquist – Saxophone
Claire de Lune – Vocals
Andrew Foreman – Bass Guitar
K.Raydio – Vocals
Lizzo – Flute/Vocals
Graham O’Brien – Drummer
Michael Ries – Organ
Joe Strachan – Rhodes
Kay Stresman – Piano
Christopher Tures – Guitar