Guru – “Jazzmatazz” review 

While his Gang Starr cohort DJ Premier was busy producing for the likes of KRS-One & Heavy D, Boston-born MC Guru decided to branch out on his own for a little bit & he did it by giving us a very underrated solo debut fusing hip hop with jazz. While we have heard jazz influences on Gang Starr’s earlier work (namely their debut album No More Mr. Nice Guy, here we’re getting actual live organic instrumentation from jazz legends such as Donald Byrd & Roy Ayers on every single track as opposed to jazz tracks being sampled (there are some samples throughout the album, though). As for the rhymes, Guru’s laid-back delivery & flow fits this relaxing style of music perfectl. If you want proof that Guru can stand on his own or if you’re looking for a hip hop/jazz fusion that you wanna “lounge” too, this is it.

Score: 5/5

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