When jazz and rap come together, there is a magical connection that is reminiscent of the origins of hip hop, r&b, and soul. There is an electric funk that energizes a message slyfully navigating the twists and turns of musical improv. One can really only imagine what this is like in theory unless you are privy to the process or by luck or chance, get to see the artistry in the making.
I was fortunate to catch Questlove broadcast live on IG the remaking of a Pharrell track Crystal Clear on the Hidden Figures soundtrack with the Roots one Friday night. They were going old school, no digital editing, on an old analog board recording on tape and layering each track. Pretty dang cool. Have no idea when the world gets to hear this, but excited to find out!
This playlist was so hard to make – trying to capture the right songs with some continuity. These tracks just seemed to gel together the best with little else fitting in. So after much deliberation, I’ve put together my shortest playlist yet.
Two months in the making, easily 40+ hours and 100s of songs later, I leave you with this. Would love to hear back if you like this! Reach out via Spotify if you have ideas or suggestions for another dose!
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Denitia and Sene – casanova.
Domo Genesis, Anderson .Paak – Dapper
Dag Savage, Aloe Blacc – When It Rains (feat. Aloe Blacc)
Raiza Biza – Wassup
Anti-Lilly & Phoniks – Blue in Green
Dizzy Wright – Killem With Kindness
Alan Watts, Darryl Dickson, David Watson, Fred Maxwell, Josh Milan, Rob Gosier, Holland Tunnel Project – Mr. Jazz
Anti-Lilly & Phoniks – Blue Dream (Phoniks Remix) (Ft. Devin Miles)
Allan Kingdom – Believe
Jazz Liberatorz – I Am Hip Hop – Feat. Asheru
Hell Razah, Talib Kweli, MF DOOM – Project Jazz
Loyle Carner – Ain’t Nothing Changed
Guru, Solar, Common, Bob James – State Of Clarity (feat. Common & Bob James)
Awon & Dephlow – Real Hip Hop (Prod. Phoniks)