SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: IT’S A JAZZ-HOP AFFAIRSCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: IT’S A JAZZ-HOP AFFAIR
After the release of Da Orchestra on February, we are ready to give ya mo’ dope jazz-hop tunes with the selection: It’s A Jazz-Hop Affair!
Let’s start with Brooklyn duo Darrell A. Yates Jr. and Tekomin Williams known with the moniker Smif-N-Wessun, an underground hip-hop group the tore the streets up in 1995 with their album Dah Shinin’ and in particular with the lead single Bucktown. The masterpiece is produced by Da Beatminerz that decided to put a lil bit of jazzy flow sampling Born To Be Blue by Jack Bruce.
Recently we recommended the brand new album by canadian producer/singer/emcee Slakah The Beatchild, Soul Movement Vol. 2 . The versatile artist made a dope and dynamic jazz-hop track with the collaboration of Spek Won titled Stompthatflo. Gotdamn this is an head-nodding crazy tune that reminds us the up-tempo flow of B-Boy Beef included on the 1st installment of Soul Movement .
The next track is a new entry on “da block”. Parallax is a rapper/producer from Winchester that is working on his upcoming debut project Depth Perception. He grabbed our attention with a solid tune called Hip Hop Philosophy produced by London based beatmaker Sam Zircon. The impressive rhymes spat by Parallax remind us Daniel O’Connor, frontman of the irish-american underground hip hop group House Of Pain. What’s your impression?
Put together Kool G Rap, DJ Polo and super-producers Poke and Tone and the result is something amazing for ya ears!! The Kool raw spit verses boomin’ outta ya speakers over the beat cared by Trackmasters, that looked back in 1968 sampling a jazz record by Joe Williams. Ill Street Blues is included on Live and Let Die dropped in 1992 by Kool G rap and DJ Polo under the Cold Chillin’ Records.
One of the most renowned hip hop producers specilized on jazz-hop beats are the spectacular ensemble known as Jazz Liberatorz. In 2008 they dropped a classic jazz-hop album titled Clin D’Oeil (maybe one of the most acclaimed and influential project of this niche genre) and as great fans we wanna share a superlative gem titled Easy My Mind featuring Pharcyde member Tre Hardson,Los Angeles rapper Fat Lip and Omni.
Walter F. Giddens Jr is Finsta member of Finsta Bundy a trio composed also by DJ Primetime and Bundy. Finsta joined his forced with DJ Evil Dee to release 12″ record Finsta Baby and after that he teamed up with Bundy and Primetime. This record is fire!!!
Well, beautiful scratchers, it’s time to spotlight some newbies on scratchtheblock.com! Scottish beatmkaers Jazz Spastiks got an arresting talent about the production of jazz-hop raw beats and if ya’re looking for a proof we are here to give ya a compelling and tasteful tune titled Delicious. Over the heatrock jazzy flow you can appreciate the art of make awesome verses by Nashville underground emcee Count Bass D, that appeared on Jazz-Hop Chronicles
Portland beatmaker Phoniks is carving out his own lane thanks his sharp technique about jazzy sounds. His remix series of hip hop classics caught our attention, so we thought it would bee right and proper to spotlight his approach to jazz-hop. Last year he dropped Basement Vibes remixing classics from Pete Rock,Mos Def,Nas and many others. We chose the stunning remix version of Common Sense tune titled Communism
After Phoniks, it’s impossible don’t mention anotha acclaimed genius of jazzy remixes: Freddie Joachim! He’s one of the most mentioned artists here on da block: Masters At Work, Jilly Re-Works , Eykah Badu Remixes , Eargasmic Jazz , Beats,Rhymes & Jazz and the list goes on. Today we chose a supa-dupa remix of Common hip hop classic: I Used To Love Her.
The last track is a masterpiece by Amiri Gamble, super-talented producer/emcee from South Carolina. We recommended many gems by Amiri on several selections: That’s it , On Deck , In Stereo , Beats4Breakfast . On November we spotlighted his dope album Vinyl Ritchie and today we press play on his last effort , This Is Part Time . Here you are the jazzy sound of Broke. We think Amiri is a great talent that deserve more, more & more attention