A Colorfully Animated Biography of Bluesman Skip Pitts

Earlier this year, the blues guitarist Charles ‘Skip’ Pitts passed away after a bout of lung cancer. He had a musical career that spanned many decades. But, he’s best remembered for his riffs on one song — Isaac Hayes’ theme song for the 1971 film Shaft. (Catch it below.) Pitts’ licks have been sampled by countless younger musicians, everyone from Snoop Dogg and the Beastie Boys to Dr. Dre and Massive Attack. Starting in the late 90s, the bluesman began playing with a band called The Bo-Keys, which became the subject of a mini documentary in 2011. The short film yielded some insightful interviews with Pitts. And, once he departed from our world, the conversations became the basis for the “animated interpretation” you’re hopefully now watching above. It’s the work of Loaded Pictures, a studio based in Seattle, Washington.

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