On Part 4 of our Hip Hop Playlist we're featuring two tracks that feature instrumentals created from jazz samples. One of the big innovations of early hip hop was the expansion of the genre's sonic palette from being principally focused around  soul and funk samples to also using of jazz sources as well.  [mp3com-artist]A Tribe Called Quest[/mp3com-artist]'s Low End Theory was an album that pioneered this practice and opened people's minds to the possibilities of jazz's intricate rhythms and rich instrumentation. [mp3com-artist]Q-Tip[/mp3com-artist] opens the album on the track "Excursions" by saying: "Back in the days when I was a teenager Before I had status and before I had a pager You could find the Abstract listening to hip hop My pops used to say, it reminded him of be-bop I said, well daddy don't you know that things go in cycles The way that Bobby Brown is just ampin like Michael." It was a prescient statement from the young MC. While the practice of using jazz samples in hip hop has certainly never ceased altogether, it was marginalized as other styles took the forefront.  Recently, however jazz has been making its way back into hip hop.  Check out these tracks by [mp3com-artist]Atlas [/mp3com-artist]and [mp3com-artist]Soul Khan[/mp3com-artist] for modern day examples: [mp3com-download url="http://files.radio.com/downloads/time-based/damu-work.mp3 " artist="Damu the Fudgemunk" song="Puttin' In Work" expiration="02/29/2012" email="none" label="Redefinition Records"/] [mp3com-download url="http://files.radio.com/downloads/time-based/soulkhan-soul.mp3 " artist="Soul Khan" song="Soul Like Khan" expiration="02/29/2012" email="none" year="2010" label="Indie"/]

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