SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: VOODOO JAZZ
Stetsasonic, Guru, Digable Planets,A Tribe Called Quest,Preemo, Buckshot LeFonque , Jazz Liberatorz are just a few names of artists which contributed to spread a distinctive hip-hop sound wisely mixed with jazz sample or jazz instrumentations!
What we love most about jazz-hop music is the noble attempt to resume some incredible jazz records in order to make them immortal as well as the entire organic process when it comes to produce with live instrumentation, you know The Roots, Robert Glasper Experiment, Butcher Brown,The Pollyseeds or alternative U.K duo Yussef Kamaal.
So today we invite y’all to come on board , for another exciting trip through hip-hop and jazz sonorities with da new selection: Voodoo Jazz.
In 2003 legendary jazz label Blue Note teamed up with hip-hop luminary Otis Jackson, Jr. aka Madlib to deliver a superlative opus titled Shades Of Blue. The fantastic oeuvre is a well-appointed attempt to recalibrate some glorious records performed by artists from the Blue Note team, all mixed and transformed into a modern-day hip-hop retelling . The Beat Konducta gave us another proof of his immeasurable skills sampling the who’s who of jazz music such as Ronnie Foster,Donald Byrd,Bobby Hutcherson and Horace Silver among others. Scratchtheblock squad selected for y’all the impressive Please Set Me At Ease recorded sampling a 1975 piece by Texas eclectic jazz flautist/singer Bobbi Humphrey. For the occasion Madlib recruited hip-hop emcee M.E.D.
DOMO GENESIS – CASHMERE (PRODUCED BY MICHAEL UZOWURU)
Inglewood rapper Domo Genesis made a splash last year with the album Genesis counting on da support of Tyler The Creator, Cam O’bi,Mike & Keys behind the boards and special guests such as Anderson.Paak,Mac Miller, JMSN and Tay Walker just to name a few. This year the Odd Future soldier dropped another good work called Red Corolla recruiting some heavyweight like Hi-Tek,Evidence and J.Rawls. The today’s topic is jazz-hop , so let’s take a walk down memory lane with a piece included on an unofficial Odd Future compilation called Odd Future Unreleased Vol.3 dropped six years ago which includes a sumptuos track by Domo Genesis titled Cashmere…Damn….the joint is lit and the production handled by Cali genius Michael Uzowuru is a sumptuous voyage through experimental hip-hop beats and jazz samples (in this case Mr. Uzowuru resumed Bob James’s Treasure Island).
Back in da 90s when Seven Shawn and John Doe known as World Renown made the crowd go crazy with hits like How Nice I Am and Come Take A Ride.
Yap, da hip-hop duo earned a comfortable spot in this selection with a hella dope Come Take A Ride produced by hip-hop maestro Marley Marl. Prick up your ears and listen closely the supa-jazzy treatment remix flawlessly wrapped by Pennsylvania hip-hop producer Dukes Go Up (you can get familiar with his works via Bandcamp).
Recently we stumbled upon a good work made by british performer Cameron Walker aka Eso called Spatial. Inspired by lo-fi hip-hop beats and beatmakers such as Mellow Orange’s Aso, Looms and Ameba as well as other producers/musicians with a distinctive soulful approach like Tom Misch and French Kiwi Juice , the U.K rookie grabbed da mic and took advantage of some superlative jazz-hop extra-soulful beats finely cooked by Chi-Town beatmaker Coryayo (check out his last effort Wolves). Taste the appealing and relaxing Wanderlust!
1998 was a great year for hip-hop lovers!! It gave us a ton of masterpieces such as Moment Of Truth by Gang Starr,Black Star by Mos Def & Kweli,Hard Knock Life by Jay-Z,The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,Soul Sourvivor by Pete Rock and the list goes on and on. Well,3rd Eye Vision by Hieroglyphics is anotha impressive classic that a true hip-hop addicted should have ! The collective released their debut opus indipendently via their own imprint Hiero Imperium and it’s still considered as one of the most powerful rap albums of all time! We selected a superb and astute remix version of The Who handled by Hiero/Soul Of Mischief member Adam Carter aka A-Plus which sampled a supreme jazz record by the one and only Ahmad Jamal titled Ghetto Child.
Jazz Addixx is the ruler when it comes to produce some serious jazz-hop with consistent lyrics,smooth beats and incisive scratches! DJ Ragz , Mudd and unOwn released in 2005 their superlative album Oxygen , a carefully-judged mix of soulful old-school-esque beats and jazz nuances that gave us pieces like It’s A Shame. Mudd dust off one of the most impressive jazz records of all time by Freddie Hubbard called Black Maybe and the result is epic!
I Do What I Do by Kev Brown is definitely one of the most beautiful hip-hop treasures included on our music collection here at scratchtheblock headquarters, u know,something which is largely unaffected by the trends of the moment! The DMV area rapper/producer is a bright and much appreciated exponent of the underground hip-hop scene and his curriculum speaks for itself: De La Soul,Marley Marl,DJ Jazzy Jeff,Eric Roberson,Bahamadia,Oddisee,Pete Rock and Suff Daddy are just few names he used to do business with. In 2003 Mr.Brown released via ABB Records a stunning 12” that included on the B-Side the track Can’t Stay Away featuring our favorite rapper Phonte Coleman and Grap Luva. Chill and jazzy , this track is something that you can’t miss so make sure you to purchase it
After building a strong fanbase with da project Palm Tree Liquor, da homie Kota the Friend put the pedal to the metal launching the well-appointed new album called Paloma Beach…damn…he did it again!!! Kota remains faithful to the impressive ultra-mellow signature sound that made him the most interesting independent artist of the moment! What we love about this dude is the authenticity,the semplicity of a well-rounded act who doesn’t need to show off bling bling,fancy cars and other bullshit.. Kota is not a made up persona , Kota is a real artist,a real rapper,a real lyricist able to bring back hip-hop to higher standards just like J.Cole made with his masterpiece 4 Your Eyez Only! So we highly recommend to support the artist purchasing Paloma Beach but don’t worry if you’re not familiar with his sound , allow us to serve you up the exquisite jazzy single Lawn Chair!
Do you remember the east coast in 1997? Life After Death,Raw Deluxe,Wu-Tang Forever,No Way Out,Back In Business are some incredible hip-hop classic released in that year. In da same year, Queens rapper Royal Flush released his debut album Ghetto Millionaire, a stunning body of work in terms of story-lines,beats n bars packed with great collabo: Noreaga,Ja Rule,Da Beatminerz,Hi-Tek and heavywight Buckwild which produced the wonderful jazz-hop cut called Makin Moves featuring Royal Flush’s fella Mic Geronimo,sampling the Blue Note classic Montara by Bobby Hutcherson.
Members of hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics , Duane Lee and Mike G joined their skills in 1994 to record a project called Like It Should Be under the stage name Extra Prolific through renowned label Jive Records (which in the same year released Money In The Ghetto by Too $hort,Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number by Aaliyah,The Mail Man by E-40,The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World by Keith Murray,Electric Relaxation by A Tribe Called Quest and many other brilliant albums). The debut album by Extra Prolific included the hit Brown Sugar but today we offer to jazz-hop fans out there the beautiful treatment remix finely cooked by Damian Siguenza aka Domino,which sampled a 1973 record by Georgia jazz saxophonist James Moody