Amerigo Gazaway of Gummy Soul – Fela Soul

Okay, so when I read the summary of this my mind was blown. The bandcamp sums up what this is very well, but long story short: De La Soul acapellas mirixed with afrobeats (traditional Nigerian instrument samples), swanky horns, and everything in between.

Then here is the actual bandcamp summary:

“What do you get when you put together afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and rap pioneers De La Soul? You get Fela Soul; a musical tapestry created by Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazaway. More than just a clever title, Fela Soul is an 8-track, 33 minute journey into the world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs, and classic hip-hop gems. Using dozens of hand-picked samples from the Nigerian instrumentalist and political figure Fela Kuti, and 8 carefully-chosen acapellas from the Native Tongue rap trio De La Soul, Amerigo seamlessly intertwines the two into something completely new and original.”

Link to their Bandcamp

Cradle Orchestra – Velvet Ballads

More Jazz Hop, a lot more piano than your usual, but very, very catchy. Also features C.L. Smooth, The Roots, Dilated Peoples, Othello and some other names. Notable tracks: So Fresh, Cheers, All I want In This World.

Download: Cradle Orchestra – Velvet Ballads

Pase Rock – Bullshit As Usual

Apologies for the really small image, google images is acting up. Pase Rock is a ‘one cool MF’ who sports a really, really sick flow, over very smooth, fast-paced, jazzy beats. The album is aptly titled, as it really just sounds as this MC is dealing with all the bullshit as usual and not giving a fuck.

Download: Pase Rock – Bullshit As Usual

Point Blank – Drafts

In a decidedly weird combination of Denmark and jazz-hop, Point Blank is one of the many that take the mantle of its overused moniker. It’s a lot less beat-defined than other jazz-hop such as Nujabes or Cradle Orchestra, instead opting for a more soulful, jazzy sound, with slow trumpets and soft drums. It’s pretty cool, and up for free download, check it out!

Download: Point Blank – Drafts

Nujabes – Selected Tracks

Nujabes has basically defined jazz-hop for me, his sound is inimitable, and his beats, flows, and samples are suitable for almost any mood. However, for those of you who don’t know, Nujabes (Seba Jun) passed away during 2010, last year. I have compiled a 19 track selection off of Modal Soul, Metaphorical Music, Hydeout Productions, and a sampling of his Ristorante Mixtapes in an inadequate attempt to pay homage to him. If you enjoy it I highly suggest you buy an album or two!

Download: Nujabes – Selected Tracks