SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: UPTOWN DOWNTOWN
Scratchthebloock.com invites hip-hop lovers to pay attention!
Uptown Downtown is the new hip-hop selection curated by our staff in order to spread jazz-hop music and satisfy the requests of everyone who is looking for more jazz-hop beats.
L. – CHECK THE FLOW (CO-PRODUCED BY JAY FUNK)
The art of sampling is not a copy practise but it represents a fundamental part of a creative production process. So in the ’90s , many hip-hop renowned producers dag in the crates to discover records of previous generations and started to use them to create classic beats! From soul,to funk,from rock to psychedelia, crate diggers took advantage from gems from the past to build serious hit. Jazz music represented a big source for these “magicians of the sound” and piece like Montara by Bobby Hutcherson regained strength thanks phenomenal artists such as Madlib,DJ Cam,Buckwild,The Roots among others.In 1997 hip-hop master of ceremony L.Fly dropped Check The Flow assisted by Baltimore producer Jay Funk using Montara as sample!
CHUBB ROCK – WHAT A YEAR (PRODUCED BY BUCKWILD)
New York based veteran hip-hop emcee and radio host Chubb Rock gave us an outstanding jazz-hop joint called What A Year. The dope hit is produced by renowned beatsmith Buckwild , who included it on the double disc Diggin’ In The Crates: Rare Studio Masters (1993-1997). Buckwild put together rare remixes and unreleased tunes hosting Brand Nubian,Nas,Artifacts,Big L,Guru,Rakim and many others. The sample used by Buckwild is Private World performed by jazz-funk group Side Effect and released in 1977.
DA GRASSROOTS FEAT. SCHIZM – BLACK DOVE
Juno Award winner Da Grassroots represents a hip-hop group that contributed to spread canadian hip-hop music in the 90s! With the project called Passage Through Time , Mr.Attic,Mr.Murray and Swiff offered to the international hip-hop music scene a brilliant album in terms of solid production recruiting some canadian spitters (Choclate,Saukrates,K-OS) to give more substance to their top-notch beats.We selected the mellow jazzy Black Dove featuring emcee Schizm.
DECOMPOZE FEAT. JUICE,INVINCIBLE,MAJESTIC LEGEND AND ONE BE LO – ALL OUT
9 years ago Michigan hip-hop emcee and producer Decompoze released Decomposition enlisting some names of the underground hip-hop scene such as Elzhi and One Be Lo.One of our favorite joint is All Out a powerful head-nodding hip-hop piece that exudes exotic jazzy good vibrations thanks the sample of Sérgio Mendes’s So Many Stars.
DJ TONK FEAT. PISMO – SOMEHOW
On da recent hip-hop selection called Rhymin Slang , we met japanese hip-hop producer DJ Tonk, selecting something cool from his really good work entitled Beautiful LP . The project highlights Tonk impressive eclectic skills,his jazzy touch,the mellow approach,the 90s flow…everything contributes to determine a choesive sound that blows your mind! Now pay attention,sit back and relax with the laid back jazzy beats of the track called Somehow featuring Pismo who definitely stimulates our mind and soul with his street poetry!
FREDFADES & EIKREM FEAT. IVAN AVE – IT’S BEEN A MINUTE
Norwey hip-hop producer Fredfades earned his stripes delivering serious productions! We felt in love with him in 2014 when he dropped the collaborative EP Breathe alongside his longstanding partner in crime Ivan Ave.At the end of 2015 Fredfades and Ivan Ave stuck another feather in their cap with a new album called Fruitful. As gifted producer with an attitude for old-school-esque beats and a strong penchant for the mix of hip-hop and jazz, Fredfades started to work on a new project recruiting trained jazz trumpeter Kristoffer Eikrem. In October 2015 they dropped the fantastic jazz-hop album called Jazz Cats. We guarantee an irresistible voyage through jazz-hop beats and we give you a little taste with It’s Been A Minute featuring Ivan Ave.
GREENSPAN – SEARCHING
Baltimore indipendent spitter Brian Dawkins aka Greenspan knocks we out with da supa-hot jazzy jam called Searching included on his first installment of Got Green?. Maybe this is the best track selected for this selection. Greenspan displays confidence,strong attitude and booming bars over a dope instrumental cooked using the sample of an iconic piece by Roy Ayers.
MR. J. MEDEIROS – FORENOON (PRODUCED BY BEATS O FREEN)
The next jazz-hop cut is performed by Mr.J.Medeiros known as 1/2 of the hip-hop duo The Procussions (alongside producer Stro Elliot ) and produced by dutch eclectic and talented artist Beats O Freen. The track is called Forenoon and it got an organic,mellow,intergalactic texture that enraptures the attention of the audience. Last year in June we spotlighted the compelling Bloom produced by Beats O Freen and performed by canadian singer Joanna Borromeo. Beats O Freen is also known by the moniker Stan Forebee with whom he produced more jazz-oriented sonorities.
PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS FEAT. HEADNODIC – THE BREAKDOWN
As great fans of the music performed by underground hip-hop duo People Under The Stairs , we often included something about them on our jazz-hop selections, and the reason is clear: with their own vision of hip-hop music and their aesthetically and technically impressive cuts they blew our mind delivering tasteful dishes, in particular jazzy hip-hop tunes. Today we resume PUTS third album called O.S.T. and we select the hot track entitled The Breakdown. This joint can be simply described with two words: absolutely flawless! Mad props to Oakland producer/musician Headnodic who contributed with a precious bass work! Last year , in November , Thes One and Double K dropped a new EP called The Gettin’ Off Stage
ASHERU & BLUE BLACK – SOUL (PRODUCED BY YUSEF DINERO)
Conscious hip-hop ,social activism and standout rhymes are the main ingredients of Asheru music! The Maryland-born hip-hop underground artist made great works as solo artist but he also released compelling gems with the group The Unspoken Heard alongside Bronx spitter Robert Jackson aka Blue Black. Well, one of those gems is surely the track called Soul included on da badass album Soon Come released in 2002. The opus is packed with big-names features such as J.Rawls,Geology,Sound Providers,88Keys,J.Sands and Grap Luva.God bless hip-hop producer Yusef Dinero for the supa-dupa-cool production.
Uptown Downtown is available via Mixcloud