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Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Streetsoul [PA]
2. Keep Your Worries - (featuring Angie Stone)
3. Hustlin' Daze - (featuring Donnell Jones)
4. All I Said - (featuring Macy Gray)
5. Certified - (featuring Bilal)
6. Plenty - (featuring Erykah Badu)
7. Lift Your Fist - (featuring The Roots)
8. Guidance - (featuring Amel Larrieux)
9. Interlude (Brooklyn Skit) - (Brooklyn Skit)
10. Supa Love - (featuring Kelis)
11. No More - (featuring Craig David)
12. Where's My Ladies? - (Spanish, featuring Big Shug)
13. Night Vision - (featuring Isaac Hayes)
14. Who's There? - (French, featuring Les Nubians)
15. Mashin' up da World - (featuring JR Reid)
16. Timeless - (featuring Herbie Hancock)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 50188
Personnel includes: Guru (spoken vocals, programming); Najee (flute); Donald Harrison (saxophone); "Diggity" Dave Patterson (keyboards, bass); Ahmir Thompson (keyboards, drums); Shaun Martin, James Poyser (keyboards); Dino "June Bug" Young, Bray Lon Lacy (bass); Geno Iglheari (drums); DJ Premier (programming, vinyl scratches); Victor Flowers (programming); Tammy Lucas (background vocals).
Producers: Guru, DJ Scratch, DJ Premier, The Neptunes, Jay Dee.
Engineers: Eric "IBO" Butler, Eddie Sancho, Cus.
Includes liner notes by Amy Linden.
Personnel: Guru (vocals); Ryan Dorn (vocals, keyboards); Craig David, Donell Jones, Erykah Badu, Isaac Hayes, Junior Reid, Macy Gray, Angie Stone (vocals); Shaun Martin (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: Eddie Sancho ; Dexter Thibou; Jon Smeltz; Tom Soares.
Liner Note Author: Amy Linden.
Recording information: D & D Studios, New York, NY; House Of Tre', Fort Lee, NJ; Kampo studios, New York, NY; Mastersound Recording Studios, Virginia Beach, VA; Palmyra Studios, Palmer, TX; Right Track Recording, New York, NY; Sample Kings, New York, NY; Sound on Sound, New York, NY; Soundtrack Studios, New York, NY; Studio A, Dearborn Heights, MI; Studio Twin, Paris, France; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
Gangstarr's Guru has acquired some of the best talents in the business for the third in his Jazzmatazz Series. STREET SOUL is geared more towards hip-hop, displaying his renewed sense of purpose and determination to challenge all preconceived notions about the genre.
Skip over one track on this release and you'll miss some serious musical talent such as Herbie Hancock on "Timeless," Isaac Hayes on the brooding "Night Vision," and The Roots' sparse percussion and mellow flow on "Lift Your Fist." "Certified" features the versatile stylings of newcomer Bilal, and a funky, feel-good beat from minimalist Jay Dee. The smoothed-out vocals of Erykah Badu and the mellow upright bass of "Plenty," Macy Gray's pouting petulance on "All I Said," and the lovely expressions of Kelis on "Supa Love" make this a release for everyone and every mood. With STREET SOUL, Guru takes hip-hop to another level, fusing it with R&B, soul, jazz and reggae.
Rolling Stone (10/12/00, p.92) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Some of the most powerful music you'll hear this year..."
Spin (10/00, p.174) - 8 out of 10 - "...Hip-pop history has caught up with his retro-vision; if JAZZMATAZZ was fusion by fiat, the rise of jazzy ;70s-inflected neo-soul has created an actual pop-cultural moment where Guru looms like a bald, reposeful Professor X..."
Spin (10/00, p.174) - 8 out of 10 - "...Hip-pop history has caught up with his retro-vision; if JAZZMATAZZ was fusion by fiat, the rise of jazzy, 70s-inflected neo-soul has created an actual pop-cultural moment where Guru looms like a bald, reposeful Professor X..."
Q (1/01, p.92) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".
Q (11/00, p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A tasty selection pack of contemporary soul and R&B talent....Guru's modus operandi yeilds delicious results....A triumph..."
CMJ (9/18/00, p.3) - "...By far the most contemporary-sounding chapter of the series....exploiting more of the hip-hop/R&B side of the rap-jazz fusion....An uplifting journey..."
Mojo (Publisher) (11/00, pp.105-6) - "...Pleasantly undemanding....matching Gang Starr's best....a rap album of the year contender..."
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