Howdy jazz-hop heads , scratchtheblock.com is back with a brand new supa-dope selection of 10 superb hip-hop cuts perfectly mixed with jazz sonorities. Gourmet Jazz-Hop is packed with interesting pieces from da always exciting underground international hip-hop scene , including some top-tier remixes and recent tunes. Press play and enjoy da sound!
Recently Columbia/Legacy celebrated the 90th birthday anniversary of jazz icon Miles Davis releasing a majestic opus helmed by grammy award-winner pianist,composer,producer Robert Glasper. The Houston-bred eclectic artist recorded a tribute inspired to the mogul Davis , titled Everything’s Beautiful which features cameo appearances from such artists as Erykah Badu, Laura Mvula , Hiatus Kayiote , DJ Spinna , Chris Rob, Anu-Sun, Bilal , Derrick Hodge , Ledisi , Georgia Anne Muldrow , Stevie Wonder , Phonte , 9th Wonder. Scratchtheblock.com choose a short but sublime piece from Everything’s Beautiful that perfectly fit the selection. The tune is called They Can’t Hold Me Down and it’s an extra-soulful hip-hop track masterfully rapped by one of the most prolific emcee of the moment: Illa J. The Dilla’s brother is living a fruitful moment earning positive critics at international level , through a long list of dope collaborations alongside Tom Misch , Slum Village , Moka Only , Potatohead People , Frank Nitt , Ol’ Burger Beats and cranking out compelling works as his self-titled album Illa J finely produced by canadian sonic-architects Potatohead People.
The next track is an impressive treatment remix of a hot hip-hop tune from the past. Well, if you’re into hip-hop beats , you may know that german school is living a great moment in particular regarding jazz-hop music thanks a fleet of young and talented beatmakers such as Flo Filz , Suff Daddy , Wun-Two as well as interesting indipendent labels like Melting Pot Music . We’d like to introduce to you the nice work of Stuttgart based beatmaker and founder of the small label Café Libanon , Mafegi who blew our mind remixing a Q-Tip solid track from his debut solo album Amplified released in 1999. The joint is Breathe and Stop originally produced by Q-Tip himself alongside the guru J.Dilla. We have to say the jazzy remix handled by Mafegi is a good attempt to spread his musical perspective!
A real hip-hop crate digger can’t sleep on Erule classic joint titled Listen Up. The Chi-Town underground emcee known as Erule (stands for Equality Rule) dropped Listen Up in 1994 via Pallas Records and probably it was underexposed by the label itself and outshined by a plethora of hip-hop milestone released in that period: Gin & Juice , Regulate , Back in Tha Day , Pumps and Bump , Juicy to name a few! However we think it’s time to dust off the King Born Allah production in order to give to the audience the opportunity to rediscover a serious hip-hop jam. King Born Allah resumed Everybody Love’s The Sunshine by Roy Ayers to add a touch of soul and provided an outstanding backdrop for the formidable Erule flow! In 2001 King Born Allah and Erule joined their skills to record the album Cold Currentz.
RH Factor,Robert Glasper Experiment,Buckshot LeFonque,Butcher Brown,Young Jazz Rebels,Jazz Liberatorz are some great names who produced and performed divine jazz fusion,creating a stunning mix of jazz and hip-hop.Oooh Child Ensemble is the brainchild of Andrew Phillip Flores better know by stage name Drew Kid , a trained keyboardist with a jazz background who worked with DTMD on da project Cycles and Washington rapper yU on the album The Earn.The Silver Spring wonder-boy and his collective recently released Rebirth a finest hybrid oeuvré where Oooh Child Ensemble manages to bridge the gap of jazz,fonk,soul and hip-hop with an amazing soulful approach perfectly timed and finely arranged.Rebirth represents a sophisticated introduction to Drew Kid & Oooh Child Ensemble and we have to admit the entire work sounds cool,innovative and accurate !We highly recommend to taste the outstanding Gettin’ Over featuring Mello Music Group affiliated yU and rapper/producer Drew Dave (who returns the favor after collaborating with Drew Kid on Synthbased)
Let’s take a walk down memory lane resuming what we consider a must-have hip-hop masterpiece: The Return Of The Magnificent. As great fans of Philly veteran DJ/producer DJ Jazzy Jeff is impossible not to mention his magnum opus dropped 5 years later the acclaimed The Magnificent. With The Return Of The Magnificent , Mr. Jeff topped himself, building a finely mixed project adorned with mellow overtone and a perfect tempo , and designing suits cut out for each artist involved just like an expert tailor! The line-up of collaborators is simply hot and includes: Big Daddy Kane, Raheem DeVaughn , Jean Grae , J-Live , Kardinal Offishall , Pete Kuzma , Method Man , Peedi Peedi , Posdnuos (of De La Soul) , C.L. Smooth. We selected the stunning The Definition featuring skillful songwriter and emcee Kel Spencer (who worked with Grandmaster Flash and Will Smith among others) for which Jeff took advantage of The Isley Brothers’s The Highways of My Life.
On our last jazz-hop selection Uptown-Downtown we recommended a hot jazzy piece by Da Grassroots. Today we continue to spread Da Grassroots extra-cool hip-hop music selecting another impressive track from the 1999 Passage Through Time. The compelling opus unveils Mr.Attic talent for the art of sampling , diggin in the crates to blow the dust off records by Bennie Maupin , Grandmaster Flash , Monty Alexander , Iron Butterfly , Ahmad Jamal to serve standout beats to his partners in crime Mr. Murray and Swiff La Rock in order to highlight their head-nodding rhymes. Thematics is another great jam adorned with the sample of De La Soul Stakes Is High. Don’t be a fool , press play and nod ya head!
Boom-bap and old-school rhythms and a penchant for jazzy sonic landscapes are the main ingredients of the music created by New York based producer/beatmaker Zak Young better known by the stage name DJ Mentos. The artist is also a trained remixer and his catalogue of treatment remixes includes classic hip-hop pieces by Mobb Deep, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Black Moon,Nas, Q-Tip, Poor Righteous Teachers, Ghostface and Raekwon. Five years ago , DJ Mentos dropped a jazzy revisitation of L.A. emcee Jonah Deocampo aka Bambu track titled Correctly Done originally produced by Digital Martyrs and included on Bambu’s Paper Cuts.
As promoters of indipendent/underground artists , it’s always a pleasure for us to recommend interesting rappers,producers or singers. Have you ever heard Cool Calm Pete music? No? Well, maybe it’s better to prick up your ears and take notes.. Born in Korea and raised in New York Cool Calm Pete made a splash in the underground hip-hop scene with his solo album titled Lost released in 2005. The album is the result of a remarkable vinyl collection from which Pete drew inspiration for the composition of the entire opus. Scratchtheblock.com invites y’all to listen closely what we consider the centerpiece of da project: Wishes And Luck. The track flirts with jazz thanks a consistent production enhanced with piano rolls masterfully handled by Ed Live who resumed a 1975 jazz record by belgian pianist Francis Coppieters titled Piano Viberations.
Time to push the talent of Simon Leidner aka Philanthrope!The austrian beatmaker is a dexterous remixer as you can realize tasting his impressive remix series included on The Remixes revamping hot hip-hop joints by Nas,Das EFX,Artifacts,Jamal and others.In 2014 Philanthrope appeared on the 5th volume of IWYMI a dope instrumental compilation launched by DJ Vitam D’s label Cold Busted.Today we showcase a stunning remix by Philanthrope,who dug in the crates, blowing the dust off a 1994 underground tune by hip-hop outfit Cash Money Click (members are Ja Rule,Chris Black and Nemesis!!) titled Get Tha Fortune.Damn , Simon L provides to add chill and jazzy beats able to take you to another level. Off the chain!!
Back in the 1997 , when El Da Sensei and Tame One aka The Artifacts dropped a 12” vinyl under the moniker Brick City Kids via New York label Rawkus. The record included two versions of Brick City Kids plus an instrumental version and the b-side included the jazz-hop standout cut titled What What. The old-school tune was produced by The Ghetto Professionals, a production team composed by “The Mighty” V.I.C. and Jerry Tineo aka JuJu (known as 1/2 of legendary hip-hop group The Beatnuts). The Ghetto Professionals production credits include beats for Fat Joe,Kool G Rap,PMD,KRS-One,Capone-n-Noreaga,Dead Prez among others.