SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: JUMPIN PUNPKINS
Scratchtheblock.com compiles a brand new selection of head-nodding jazz-hop tunes in order to satisfy the hunger of a huge part of our audiences who really love the special combination between jazz and hip-hop.
This is Jumpin’ Punkins and it’s better if you prick up your ears.
TRUTH ENOLA FEAT. DE LA SOUL – VOICETRESS (PRODUCED BY DOME CRACKERS)
Truth Enola is an underground hip-hop rapper who crept into the music scene in 1996 thanks a dope collaboration with Native Tongue’s affiliate De La Soul for the joint titled Pony Ride included on their fourth record Stakes Is High. Since then, Truth Enola worked alongside many influential hip-hop acts such as: 88 Keys,Ayatollah,DJ Spinna,Da Beatminerz,Ge-Ology and the list goes on! We selected the jazzy gem titled Voicetress dropped in 1999 featuring De La and produced by Dome Crackers (a dynamic duo consisting of DJ Spinna and Joc Max)
THE PROCUSSIONS FEAT. TARA ELLIS – I’LL FLY (PRODUCED BY STRO ELLIOT)
In 2006 Los Angeles based hip-hop group The Procussions released their sophomore album titled 5 Sparrows For 2 Cents enlisting interesting guests like veteran microphone maestro Talib Kweli. Combining elements of jazz,soul,old school hip-hop with tints of folk and rock Stro Elliot and Mr.J Medeiros invite you to listen to the groovy,jazzy and soulful track titled I’ll Fly featuring the delectable voice of Tara Ellis.
THE PHARCYDE – PASSIN’ ME BY (LA JAY REMIX)
It’s always a pleasure to resume some supa-sick hip-hop tracks from the past. Digging in the 1992 , you can stumble upon great masterpieces like the debut record by veteran hip-hop group The Pharcyde:Bizarre Ride II. This time we want to delight you with the masterful treatment remix of Passin’ Me By handled by pianist,keyboardist,synthesizer player,arranger and songwriter John Barnes aka LA Jay (the genius behind productions for The Roots,Brian Green,Vanessa Williams). La Jay revamped the joint with a bubbly jazzy touch using the sample of The Third Eye by legendary Roy Ayers.
SLATOR BLACC – EYE SEE YOU,ICEY (PRODUCED BY WHAT Q)
A few days ago we spotlighted Arizona emcee Slator Blacc and his debut project titled Chasing 98. Today we select anotha impressive and ear-catchy tune titled Eye See You,Icey produced by beatmaker What Q.
SHUNGU FEAT. STRANGERS OF NECESSITY – GET SOME (CO-PRODUCED BY CORYAYO)
In February belgian extraordinary beatmaker ShunGu released the must have project titled 24 Hours counting on the support of familiar names of the hip-hop scene such as: Ivan Ave,J’Von,Chester Watson and others. Check out the amazing jazzy track titled Get Some featuring the hip-hop duo Strangers Of Necessity and co-produced by one of our fave emerging hip-hop producer CoryaYo (1/2 of Strangers Of Necessity). Don’t miss the compelling album by Strangers Of Necessity titled Tangerine Avenue.
PRAVERB – I PRAY (FALL TO MY KNEES) (PRODUCED BY SKIPLESS)
We pay tribute to Charleston native rapper, Praverb aka Praverb the Wise (RIP boy!!!) selecting one of his best hip-hop joint. I Pray (Fall To My Knees) is a perfect and balanced bond between jazz and hip-hop that highlights his positive and mature lyrical skills. This great tune is included on Professional Hobbyist , a project dropped in 2011. Mad props to finland hip-hop producer Skipless for his top-tier production that unveils his musical background influenced by artists like Pete Rock,Lord Finesse and Large Professor.Peep out Skipless Bandcamp page
M.CRAFT – SOUNDS LIKE THIS
Marlon Craft is an interesting rapper from New York City. Some years ago we stumbled upon a superlative jazz-hop banger titled Sounds Like This, a perfect piece for this jazzy selection. In March M. Craft dropped his last effort titled Pieces with productions by Freddie Joachim,9th Wonder,Moods,Black Milk,J.Dilla.
JAZZ LIBERATORZ FEAT. FATLIP AND T-LOVE – GENIUS AT WORK
Madhi, DJ Damage and Dusty aka Jazz Liberatorz represent the excellence for the jazz-hop scene. In our opinion albums like Fruit Of The Past and Clin D’Oeil are perfect examples of their refined art to combine elements of jazz with urban beats. Since now we selected a lot of Jazz Lib masterpieces that appeared on Walking With The Giants,It’s A Jazz-Hop Affair,That’s It,Speaking In Keys,Stay Mellow and A Touch Of Jazzy. Today we blow your mind with Genius At Work from Clin D’Oeil with femcee T-Love (she appeared on da neo-soul selection Da Groove) and Fatlip.
FIVE DEEZ – OMNI (PRODUCED BY FAT JON)
Cincinnati hip-hop outfit Five Deez is a new entry here on scratchtheblock.com. The group is composed by Pase Rock,Fat Jon,Kyle David and Corey Brown and in 2001 they launched their debut album titled Koolmotor. We can define the entire structure of the project as a dope urban symphony where smart rhymes meet boom-bap and jazzy beats. Take your fave headphones and enjoy the perfect track titled Omni.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY – DON’T QUIT
Edwin Avellaneda aka Yeshua daPoED aka Dead Poets Society will catch the eye of you with the impressive jazz-hop joint titled Don’ Quit included on da B-Side of the 12” titled What Is The Dead Poets Society?