SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS:SUPA SONIC JAZZ-HOP
It’s always a pleasure for a real hip-hop taster, listen to and experience the great fusion between jazz and hip-hop elements.
As jazz-hop addicted, we continue to wave the jazz-rap flag with another brand new selection titled Supa Sonic Jazz-Hop (make sure you to check out the entire jazz-hop catalogue).
THRUST – DO YOU UNDERSTAND (SCAM REMIX)
We start with a jazzy piece performed by canadian old-school spitter Chris France, better know with the moniker of Thrust . The artist who shared the stage with renowned artists such as Public Enemy, Destiny’s Child and The Fugees , released in 1996 the EP Past,Present,Future from which we selected the stunning Do You Understand , remixed by canadian DJ/producer Scam who resumed a 1974 record by jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Billy Cobham to sample the track titled Heather.
THE BOULEVARD CONNECTION FEAT. EL DA SENSEI,TAME ONE AND DJ KAOS – HAAGEN-DAZ
Denmark hip-hop outfit The Bouleverd Connection consists of a trio of producers and musicians:DJ Sek,Marak Lapock and DJ Typhoon (also member of hip-hop collective Nobody Beats The Beats). The group worked with seminal hip-hop artists such as Common,Masta Ace,DJ Babu among others.We dug in the crates to blow the dust off the 1998 EP titled Sut Min Pik,choosing for this selection the extra-dope Haagen-Daz featuring The Artifacts and DJ Kaos.
SHAWN LEE FEAT. OHMEGA WATTS – WE GOT THE JAZZ
Last year one of our fave label Barely Breaking Even, BBE dropped an accurate selection called Staff Selection 2014 . One of the most impressive track is We Got The Jazz by long-hair soundmaster Shawn Lee and producer/rapper Ohmega Watts . The jazz-hop tune is included on Shawn Lee’s album Golden Age Against The Machine
PHONIKS & RAASHAN AHMAD FEAT. SLIM KID 3 – THAT FEELING
It’s always a pleasure stumble upon great gems. Today one of the most interesting hip-hop producer Phoniks and the bona-fide rapper Raashan Ahmad dropped a superb tune titled That Feeling.Portland beat-constructor Phoniks teamed up with Crown City Rockers’s member Raashan Ahmad to work side-by-side for a collaborative project titled ‘Above The Clouds’ and to warm up the hip-hop fans they unleashed the lead single titled That Feeling with a renowned guest star like SlimKid3.Damn, it’s like an extremely smooth operation, where Phoniks cooks top-tier beats that unveil his penchant for jazz sonorities and boom-bap rhythm blended perfectly with the tight rhymes of Mr.Ahmad and stellar veteran emcee Tre Hardson.If you are fan of expansive grooves, mellow and jazzy hip-hop like Native Tongues posse , then you definately have this excellent joint!
K.SPARKS – JAZZ THEORY (PRODUCED BY KURSER)
Last year Queens recording artist K.Sparks collaborated with parisian producer Kurser to record an outstanding track called Jazz Theory, where jazz meets hip-hop. The connection between jazz and hip-hop appears on several Mr.Sparks’s works for example on da superb project titled The Blue Tape 2 with production by Jay Alpha.
GANG STARR – THE REMAINZ
Talking about the groups that represented the movement that experimented new sonorities blending jazz with hip-hop, it’s impossibile don’t rattle off names such as Stetsasonic,A Tribe Called Quest,Digable Planets,De La Soul…..and Gang Starr.. The legendary duo consisting of DJ Premier and Guru still represents an inspiration for everyone who try to spread and promote this kind of sub-genre.In the 1998 they dropped The Remainz sampling Look-Alike by smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and producer Bob James.
ERICK SERMON – BOMDIGI (PHILANTHROPE REMIX)
In January we spotlighted the talent of austrian beatmaker Philanthrope with a badass remix of Cash Money Click , so today we give you another proof of his interesting skills as remixer and jazzy prophet. Philanthrope put his hands on Erick Sermon sophomore album Double or Nothing and remixes the joint titled Bomdigi…what’s your impression about it?
BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR – EMMETT (S) TILL
With a musical background imbued with afro-beat,motown soul,jazz and hip-hop, producer/rapper Samuel Bazawule aka Blitz The Ambassador earned notoriety thanks his distinctive hotchpotch of genres flexing a remarkable ability to mix musical traditions and arrangements from Ghana with hip-hop. We selected for you the so fucking impressive Emmett(S) Till released in 2010 and recently included on The Collection . Blitz The Ambassador is currently working on the forthcoming album titled Diasporadical (check out the lead single titled JuJu Girl)
COMMON – 6TH SENSE (PAT D REMIX)
WIth his fourth studio album Like Water For Chocolate , Common gave to the entire world a rare masterpiece,a hip-hop classic, perfect in terms of lyrics and productions,with superlative tunes like The Light,Nag Champa,Thelonius,A Song For Assata,Geto Heaven Part Two finely crafted by producers like J.Dilla,James Poyser,Karriem Riggins and featuring Mos Def,Jill Scott,Roy Hargrove,D’Angelo,MC Lyte,Slum Village,Cee-Lo Green among others. Premo produced the top-tier 6th Sense with neo-soul singer Bilal and in 2007 U.K producer Patrick Dooner aka Pat D delivered a special treatment remix adding a solid jazz vibe!
BAKERS OF THE HOLY BREAD – RIDDLE IN THE MIDDLE
In 1995 hip-hop was living a thriving year with albums and singles that hit the US scene: Me Against The World by 2 Pac,Poverty s Paradise by Nautghty By Nature,Do You Want More? by The Roots,Labcabincalifornia by The Pharcyde and the list goes on. Overseas we assisted to the birth of interesting groups such as Swedish hip-hop outfit called Bakers Of The Holy Bread. The trio consisting of David Lenneman, Göran Lindohf and Tobias Addo, dropped the porject The End Of A Cold Experience from which we selected the soulful,boombap,jazzy banger titled Riddle In The Middle.