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People can hate on Mac as much as they like, but the dude’s a stud.  He may have a few more tattoos than he started with, and he may not be as perpetually upbeat as he once was, but the guy is pushing his own musical limits in ways that one can’t help but respect.  He’s not like Lil Wayne, in the sense that he can actually produce tasteful music, even if its a form that’s foreign to him.  Anyway, I’ve always been a fan of Mac, but his jazzy, soulful, “Objects In The Mirror”, only solidifies his place as a bright spot in popular rap.

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“I’m gonna take your grandpa’s style”…well, they just did and it sounds so sweet. The early 20th century jazz/swing “cover” of Macklemore’“Thrift Shop” is making some noise, and everyone should hear this creativity that keeps popping up in more and more places around the web.

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The more rap I listen to, the more I see how Jazz has heavily influenced the genre.  Whether it’s old school Roots, or J Dilla, the similarities between the two are quite pronounced.  To learn more about rap’s ancestral genre, I went on a minor jazz adventure.  Of the songs I found, “Liquid Soul” was my favorite.  The artist, Chris Standring, creates a track that is atmospheric and soothing, and if I do say so myself, it would be a terrific rap instrumental.  Give this track a listen and imagine Black Thought spitting verses and enlightening our senses over it.

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Jolowitz and I talk to Tiger Speak members Carter Lee (Bass), Jake Baldwin (Trumpet), Matt Phenix (Drums), and Ryan Easter (MC/Trumpet) as they speak on the origin of Tiger Speak, the logistics of composing a song, problems in contemporary hip hop, their influences, and MORE. The interview was conducted before their headlining performance at WMUA 91.1’s Hip Hop In Renaissance show which took place at UMass Amherst on November 29.

Tiger Speak is an extremely talented and quite refreshing up-and-coming hip hop group composed of a conglomerate of eight members whose backgrounds in music range from jazz to hip hop.  As one might expect, their hip hop sound is greatly jazz influenced, with most tracks becoming a fuse of the two genres.  The members come from all over the United States and even Canada but met and created their debut album in Boston, MA.  This is the kind of hip hop that should be popular – it is real and original.  During their live shows, from song to song, piece to piece, you will find yourself teleporting back and forth from a happening modern hip hop venue to a 1920’s Jazz Club.

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I guess it’s a Jazzy Hip-Hop Sunday for me today.  Just took a peep at Bill Ortiz‘s new album, Highest Wish, and came across this insanely funky song.  Ortiz has played with a number of well-renowned artists including Carlos Santana.  Highest Wish is a groovy R&B/Hip-Hop/Jazz album that deserves a patient look.  Ortiz shreds the trumpet in “Don’t Make Me Wait” and is accompanied by some smooth rap and beautiful vocals.  The track is already stuck in my head and I want to listen to it again…maybe I will…

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Where I’m From” is off of Digable Planets‘ debut album, Reachin (A New Refutation of Time and Space) (1993) It was the first of only two albums the group created.  “Where I’m From” is an excellent example of their too chill, jazzy-rap.  They have the most jazz-influenced hip hop I’ve seen from the 90’s and seem to be one of the most under-appreciated crews of the time.  Digable Planets is a trio that includes Butterfly, Doodlebug, and Ladybug Mecca.  Their albums are completely self-produced (mostly by Butterfly) and are both worth getting your hands on.

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