A Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxation” set a standard for the fusing of jazz and hip-hop. Q-Tip’s samples of Ronnie Foster, Ramsey Lewis and  the country/rock group Brethren sounded like a jazz band being invaded by a hip-hop producer. The bass line from Foster’s “Mystic Brew” was the backbone ofContinue Reading

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Phife Dawg and J.Dilla’s younger brother IIIa J connected with producers Potatohead People for “French Kiss Deux.” They pay tribute to Montreal women with a laidback approach accentuated by the lazy trumpets and the beat that is more suited for slow-dancing. “French Kiss Deux” will appear on Phife Dawg’s posthumousContinue Reading

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[youtube id=”1Bw-aRctefo”] Phife Dawg’s spirit was in the building when his band A Tribe Called Quest delivered an explosive performance of “We The People” at The Grammy’s. “Wanna Dance” is a collaboration with Dwele that was written and produced by Mike City from Phife Dawg’s forthcoming Forever album. The songContinue Reading

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