Guru – “The Experimental Fusion of Hip-Hop and Jazz”

Loungin'

Unfortunately, one of the greatest American rap and hip-hop MCs died this month. Guru was an extraordinary rapper. He was both gritty and smooth. He rose to fame rhyming for the famed rap group Gang Starr. The old school rap duo featured Guru on the mic and DJ Premieron the turntables.  I was a big fan of Gang Starr. And I followed Guru into his solo work, especially the first Jazzmatazz album. If you haven’t heard of Gang Starr check out their songs “Blowin’ Up The Spot” and “Full Clip.”

Guru was one of those rappers that kept in touch with the roots of his craft. I often saw him on the local cable network in Austin, visiting recreational centers in East Austin. He got kids involved in the hip hip culture on the ground level. He was definitely a grassroots artists. A man who explored the musical world from the bottom up and not from the top down. This viewpoint gave his music real soulpower.

Keith Elam aka Guru will probably be most remembered for his multi-volume Jazzmatazz collaborations with famed jazz and pop music artists. The first Jazzmatazz album was an instant classic. Jazz artists like Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Branford Marsalis, and Lonnie Liston Smith joined Guru for a fusion of jazz and hip hop. Guru explored this blend creating genius tracks like “Loungin’.'” Another one of my favorite songs on this album is the cut “No Time To Play” with Ronny Jordanand Dee C. Lee. The track “Le Bien, Le Mal” mixes rap and jazz music as well as French and English lyrics. The French rapper Mc Solaar shared the mic with Guru on this cutting-edge experimental Franco-American rap-jazz tune.

Guru fused rap with a diversity of sounds and artists through his Jazzmatazz collection, performing with such notable musicians as Ini Kamoze, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, the Roots, Junior Reid, Les Nubians, and Herbie Hancock. From rap to  jazz to R&B to reggae this rapper crossed musical boundaries and set new trends.

Guru made substantial inroads into the reggae genre as well, especially on a collaboration with Stephen Marley. Marley and Guru reworked the Bob Marley classic “Johnny Was” into a beautiful mix of rap and reggae music on the album Chant Down Babylon. And check out the killer hit on the album Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger – Back To The Future entitled “Stand Up (Some Things’ll Never Change)” with the talented dancehall wordsmith Damian Marley.


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Guru – “The Experimental Fusion of Hip-Hop and Jazz”

The World of Reggae Music–Rap-Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector focuses on the fusion of hip hop, rap, and reggae music.

Notorious B.I.G. – B.I.G. Live In Jamaica Intro)

Notorious B.I.G. & Diana King – Respect

Horseman & Prince Fatty – Insane In The Brain

Ini Kamoze – Listen Me Tic

Eazy-E – Nobody Move

Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Nah Mean

Notorious B.I.G. & Bob MarleyHold Ya Head

Heavy D – Sincere

Chali 2na, Damian Marley, & Stephen Marley – Guns Up

Slightly Stoopid – Runnin’ With A Gun

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Food For The Masses

Guerilla Black & Beenie Man  – Compton

Fat Joe, Buju Banton, & Fat Joe – Good Times

Mr. Cheeks, Big Youth, & Tarrus Riley – Five Days

Bob Marley & The Roots – Burnin’ and Lootin’

Beyonce & Sean Paul – Baby Boy

Wayne Marshall, Baby Cham, Ace Hood, & Waka Flocka – Go Harder

KRS-One & Boogie Down Productions – 9Mm Goes Bang

B-Real & Wayne Smith – Under Mi Sleng Teng (DJ Muggs Remix)

Cypress Hill – What’s Your Number?

Rahzel & Sean Paul – Top of the Game

Guru, Barrington Levy, & Jigsy King – One 4 Me

Nas & Spragga Benz – This Is The Way

Slightly Stoopid – Killin’ Me Deep Inside

Cherine Anderson, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Ssay Hey (I Love You)

Seeed – Release

Kriss Kross, Sean Paul, & Super Cat – Jump (Reggae Remix)

T-Pain, Chris Brown, & T.O.K. – Kiss Kiss (Reggae Remix)

Notorious B.I.G. & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Welcome to Jamrock (Rob Dinero Remix)

Spice 1 – East Bay Gangster

Wyclef Jean, Redman, & Beenie Man – Love Me Now (Rockwilder Remix)

The Fugees – No Woman, No Cry

Lauryn Hill & Bob Marley – Turn Your Lights Down Low

Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Chali 2Na Fish, Half Pint, Ives, & Tippa Irie – Life Goes On

Big Pun & Beenie Man – Make Me Sweat

Collie Buddz & Paul Wall – What A Feeling

Chali 2na & Slightly Stoopid – Just Thinking

Supercat – Ghetto Red Hot (Hip-Hop Remix)

Nas, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, & Stephen “Ragamufin” Marley – Road To Zion

Biz Markie & Elephant Man – Let Me See U Bounce

Guru & Bob Marley – Johnny Was

Mims, Cham, & Junior Reid – This Is Why I’m Hot (Blackout Remix)

Black Sheep & Half Pint – Level The Vibes

Guru & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley  – Stand Up (Some Things’ll Never Change)

K-Os – Superstar, Pt. 1

Seeed – Ocean’s

KRS-One & Shabba Ranks – The Jam

Yung Berg & Collie Buddz – Lonely

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Bobby Brown – Beautiful

Slightly Stoopid – Everything You Need

Michael Franti & Steel Pulse – Black Enough

Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love

Bun B & Sean Kingston – That’s Gangsta

Q-Tip & Capleton – Original Man

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Pray For Grace

Rakim & Bob Marley – Concrete Jungle

Elephant Man, Wyclef Jean, Assassin, Swizz Beatz, Yung Joc, & Diddy – Five-0 (Remix)

K’Naan & Damian Marley – I Come Prepared

Kid Cudi & Collie Buddz – Day and Nite

Slightly Stoopid – Breakbeat

The Grouch, Eligh , & Slightly Stoopid – People of the Sun

Lil Wayne, Nas, & Damian Marley – My Generation

Chuck D & Bob Marley – Survival

Alicia Keys & Junior Reid – No One (Remix)

Guru & Ini Kamoze – Who Goes There

Lil Jon, Stephen Marley, & Damian Marley – On De Grind

Seeed – Can’t Hold Me

Bob Marley, Mr. Cheeks, & The Lost Boys – Gultiness

Capleton – East Coast to the West Coast

Ini Kamoze – Ballistic Affair

Shabba Ranks – Rough Life

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Comin’ To Gitcha

Supercat, Puff Daddy, & Notorious BIG – Dolly My Baby (Remix)

Guru & Slightly Stoopid – The Otherside

Matisyahu – Smash Lies

Kardinal Offishall – Nina

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Light Up Ya Lighter

Half Pint, Barrington Levy, & Dres of Black Sheep – Level The Vibes

SOJA – Not Done Yet

Snoop Dogg, Stephen “Ragamufin” Marley, & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – The Traffic Jam (Remix)

Busta Rhymes, Flipmode Squad, & Bob Marley – Rastaman Chant

Nas & Damian Marley – As We Enter

Kardinal Offishal & Rihanna – Numba 1 (Tide Is High)

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Listener Supported

Baby Cham – Ghetto Story

Baby Cham & Alicia Keys – Ghetto Story Chapter 2

Baby Cham & Akon – Ghetto Story Chapter 3

Missy Elliott, Vybz Kartel, & M.I.A. – Bad Man

K’Naan, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Earth From Outer Space

Elephant Man, Twista, Young Bloodz, & Kiprich – Jook Gal

Wyclef Jean – Redemption Songs

Foxy Brown, Morgan Heritage, & Spragga Benz – We Set The Pace

M.I.A. – Galang (South Rakkas Remix)

Jay-Z & Mavado – On the Rock

Daara J – Hip Hop Civilization

Lady Saw, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Shake It

Rahzel, Shaggy, & Toots & the Maytals – Bam Bam

Eve, Stephen Marley, & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – No, No, No

The Fugees – Fu Gee La [Sly & Robbie Remix]

Collie Buddz & Krayzie Bone – Defend Your Own

Ini Kamoze – Hotter This Year (Hot Steppa Remix)

DMX, Mr. Vegas, & Sean Paul – The Boom

Missy Elliott & Lady Saw – Mr. DJ

Handsome Boy Modeling School, Barrington Levy, Del tha Funkyhomosapien, & Alex Kapranos – The World’s Gone Mad

Slightly Stoopid – Somebody

Ernest Ranglin, Michael Franti & Spearhead – I Got Plenty O’ Nothin’

ASAP Ferg, Busta Rhymes, Migos, & Shabba Ranks – Shabba

Ini Kamoze – Hole In Ya Head

Heavy D & The Boys – Mood For Love

Chali 2na & Beenie Man – International

Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, & Spliff Star – Make It Clap (Remix)

B-Real & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Fire

Foxy Brown & Mavado – We’re On Fire

Slightly Stoopid – Officer

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Hello Bonjour

Queen Latifah & Serani – If He Wanna

Wyclef Jean – Jaspora

Foxy Brown & Lady Saw – The Quan

Foxy Brown & Lady Saw – The Quan (Hip Hop Mix)

Kardinal Offishall & Akon – Dangerous

South Park Mexican – Pass Da Killaz

Wyclef Jean & Sizzla  – Welcome To The East

Yung Berg, Collie Buddz, & Eve – Victory Lap

Lil Jon, Ice Cube, The Game, & Elephant Man – Killas

Foxy Brown & Demarco – She Wanna Rude Bwoy

Shawnna & Kardinal Offiishal – Block Reincarnated (Remix)

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Hey World (Remote Control Version)

Seeed – Goldmine

Flo Rida & Sean Kingston – Roll

Rihanna & T.I. – Live Your Life

Juelz Santana, D.E.Y., & Sean Kingston – There’s Nothin

Michael Franti & Spearhead – All I Want Is You

NEED

Doug E. Fresh – Freaks

Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman (Cypress Hill Remix)

Ini Kamoze & GuruInsert A (Mental Relaxation)/Medicine (Medley)

Usher & the Bombist – Love In This Club (Marvel Riddim)

Kardinal Offishall, Akon, & Sean Paul Dangerous (Remix)

E-40, B-Legit, & Rankin Scroo Bust Yo Shit

Junior Reid & Bun B If It Was Up To Me

Snoop Dogg, B-Real, & the Bombist – Vato (Lightaz Up Riddim)

Barrington Levy, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Kardinal OffishallNo War

Mary J. Blige & the Bombist – Family Affair

Wu-Tang Clan & Junior Reid – One Blood Under W

T-Pain, Akon, & the Bombist – The Bartender (Soprano Riddim)

Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, Akon, & the Bombist – Sweetest Girl (Soprano Riddim)

The Fugees – Fu Gee La Rock (Guantanamo Camp Remix)

Chris Brown, TI, T-Pain, & the Bombist – I’m A Flirt (Dis Ya Time Riddim)

E-40 & Rankin ScrooAct A Ass

Junior Reid & Lil Wayne Rappapompom

Elephant Man, Busta Rhymes, & Shaggy The Way We Roll

The Fugees & Stephen Marley No Woman, No Cry (Remix)

Alicia KeysNo One (Curtis Lynch Reggae Remix)

The World of Reggae Music–Rap-Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion