Staying true to your roots
Jazz is the musical equivalent of the Latin language. Although it is less popular today, it was at the root of the creation of many styles of music that are popular today, including rock, reggae, R&B, and hip hop. Hip hop is perhaps the genre most directly affected by jazz, as many early hip hop hits in the 80’s and 90’s were simply lyrics rapped over jazz instrumentals. Australia’s new queen of hip hop (sorry Iggy), Sampa the Great, has brought us back to the glory days of hip hop, the days of A Tribe Called Quest, the Geto Boys, DJ Jazzy Jeff, the Fugees, Stetsasonic. I could go on, but you get the point. From her latest album The Great Mixtape, Sampa brings us “Blue Boss,” a lyrical firestorm layered over zesty Latin jazz instrumentals. Sampa the Great’s vocal delivery is like a cascading waterfall of cocoa butter, a deeper, more refined and controlled version of M.I.A.’s well-known delivery.