Jazz Artists Pushing The Envelope For Jazz Rap

by Raheem Karim
Jazz Rap

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Jazz Artist Pushing The Envelope for Hip Hop Jazz

Jazz music has always played a significant role in the sound of Hip-Hop music. Jazz Rap is a fusion of jazz and hip hop music that developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Hip Hop lyrics are layed down over jazz instrumentation such as trumpets, saxophones, bass, drums, pianos, and keyboards. Some of the acts that popularized this genre of music early on is Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, The Roots and many more. Some of the more modern artist to incorporate Jazz into their music is Kendrick Lamar,and Madlib.

The movement is stronger than ever for Jazz Hip Hop.
Jazz artist have caught the attention of today’s top selling commercial rappers. You can hear more jazz influenced styles in the production ever so evident on Kendrick Lamar’s Pimp To A Butterfly album featuring production and appearances from Kamasi Washington, Lalah Hathaway, Robert Glasper Terrance Martin, and Thundercat. The super group August Greene is the brainchild of rapper Common, and producers jazz artist Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, it was formed in 2018 after sharing the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for their song “Letter to the Free”, which was part of Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary 13th.

It is something about jazz music that pushes Hip Hop lyrics towards political consciousness, Afrocentrism, and political positivism .

Our Two Favorite Jazz Artist

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Robert Glasper
Robert Glasper has been at the forefront of this modern movement. Glasper is a pianist, record producer, and writter. His 2012 album Black Radio won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 55th Grammy Awards. His 2014 album “Black Radio 2” won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 56th Grammy Awards. The song “These Walls” from Kendrick Lamar’s album “To Pimp A Butterfly” won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 57th Grammy Awards, on which Glasper plays keys. The soundtrack for the film “Miles Ahead” won Best Soundtrack Compilation at the 58th Grammy Awards, for which Glasper was a producer. He has written/performed on albums by Mac Miller, Anderson Paak, Banks (remix), Big K.R.I.T., Bilal, Kendrick Lamar, Q-Tip and Talib Kweli. His primary influences neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, and R&B.

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Terrance Martin
rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor from Los Angeles, California. He is perhaps best known for producing records for several prominent artists in the music industry, including Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, Raphael Saadiq and YG among others. Martin is a multi-instrumentalist, whose music production embodies everything from funk and jazz to classical and soul. Martin recently released his sixth studio album Velvet Portraits on his newly formed label, Sounds of Crenshaw Records

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