Jazz to Hip Hop……. and back to Jazz

Some of the best hip hop songs are made from great Jazz records. You can always tell the great producers because they just don’t take a random sample from a song but they listen to the music to embody the essence of the original track. Some producers skim thru records trying to find something usable but the great thing about J Dilla is that he had to listen basically to this whole song before finding the perfect piece to sample.

Swahililand – Ahmad Jamal

Pianist Ahmad Jamal’s Swaililand is approximately 9 minutes and 28 seconds and the sample that drives De la Soul’s “Stakes is High” doesn’t even start til about 7 minutes and 29 second into the song.

De La Soul – Stakes Is High

The great thing I love about music is that a lot of times it comes back in a full circle. We have J Dilla sampling a…

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