Category Archives: HipHop

Throwback: Guru-Feel The Music

Guru started his Jazzmatazz series in 1993 with the first volume that had collaborations with Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers and N’Dea Davenport. Guru’s main group, Gang Starr, was at the height of their creativity and recognized around the world the year he started working with jazz and R&B musicians on the new project. “Feel The Music” is from Jazzmatazz Vol. 2: The New Reality. Martine Girault’s “Revival” was the sound bed as Guru rapped about the power of his microphone presence. The second album in the series is noted for the great lineup that included Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Meshell Ndegeocello, Kool Keith, Jamiroquai, Ramsey Lewis, Bahamadia, DJ Scratch and Kenny Garrett. Guru’s rap voice already had the smoothness, authority and cadence for jazz. He told Blues and Soul magazine, 

“Back around ’93—when I first came up with the Jazzmatazz concept—I was noticing how a lot of cats were digging in the crates and sampling jazz breaks to make hip-hop records. But while I thought that was cool, I wanted to take it to the next level and actually create a new genre by getting the actual dudes we were sampling into the studio to jam over hip-hop beats with some of the top vocalists of the time. You know, the whole thing was experimental, but I knew it was an idea that would spawn some historic music.”

Guru recorded four volumes of Jazzmatazz records but it is the first two that are most recognized for their successful blending of hip-hop, R&B and live jazz playing as well as some sampling. As one-half of Gang Starr, he released six albums and they are permanent underground heroes who are always cited but never received widespread recognition in the music industry. Guru passed away in 2010 from cancer at the age of 47. 

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anderson.paak: Bubblin’ Remix Feat. Busta Rhymes

Anderson.Paak’s “Bubblin'” gets a remix with a Busta Rhymes feature. It was announced earlier this week that Dr. Dre is currently mixing paak’s sophomore album. Busta Rhymes’ lightning-quick verse of a million syllables has fans impatiently waiting for his next solo project. Paak’s sophomore album is titled Oxnard Ventura and it follows his 2016 Malibu debut. 

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The Coup: OYAHYTT Feat. Lakeith Stanfield From Sorry To Bother You

Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You opened nationwide this weekend and it is already receiving positive reactions after only one day in theaters. “OYAHYTT” featuring Lakeith Stanfield is from the soundtrack to the movie about one Black man’s adventures as a telemarketer in Oakland, California. The rock-rap song is part of a tracklisting that is not to be confused with The Coup’s Sorry To Bother You album from 2012. The soundtrack has appearances from Janelle Monae, Killer Mike and more. Boots Riley explained the release on Twitter: 

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G-Funk Documentary Streaming On YouTube

G-Funk is a ’90s genre of hip-hop influenced by P-Funk and R&B. Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Nate Dogg set the mold for the new style and made it famous around the world. G-Funk: The Untold Story Of Warren G and How Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Sub-Genre Came To Be is a documentary about the movement that debuted on YouTube today. The film can only be streamed through YouTube’s Premium channel. There are interviews with The D.O.C., Chuck D, Ice Cube, Wiz Khalifa and more. Warren G says, 

“I really wanted people to experience the world of West Coast Hip Hop seen through my eyes, and also how it helped inspire and evolve the current music of today. We all knew we were creating something dope but didn’t realize it would have such a lasting effect on music indefinitely.”

The documentary is the first feature film from director Karam Gill.

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Black Eyed Peas: Get It Official Video

 The Black Eyed Peas return after an eight-year hiatus with the socially-conscious video for “Get It.” Director Ben Mor takes the viewer through multiple scenes of violent encounters between civilians and the police. The group recently made a commitment to being more politically involved and have created a social action marketplace on their site. The band has also announced their Masters Of The Sun European tour which starts in October. 

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