Now here’s a gem.
Alright, so backstory. In 1986 hip-hop was transitioning from a fad into a cultural and commercial juggernaut, and the Beastie Boys were there to push it over the edge.
I’m a Libra myself, but whatever…
Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley left an indelible mark on the world of jazz, playing with legends such as Ray Charles and Miles Davis (even playing on Davis’s legendary Kind of Blue and Milestones albums), teaching jazz at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (I lived near that school for a time), and later on as a bandleader in The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, which featured his brother, trumpeter Nat Adderley and other jazz heavyweights which included Yusef Lateef, Joe Zawinul, and Barry Harris.
Bring the funk.
The Menahan Street Band, named after a street in Bushwick, Brooklyn where founder Thomas Brenneck lived at the time, is a funk band composed of Brenneck and musicians from other notable funk / soul outfits like the Budos Band and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.
Damn, how could people sleep on Res, man?
Philly songstress Res (rhymes with “peace”) definitely had a solid debut in her 2001 record How I Do, a tremendously underrated work which, to this day, still boggles my mind that it didn’t get her a bit more shine.
Little Brother, the North Carolina trio of Phonte, Big Pooh and 9th Wonder were something of a revelation when they appeared on the scene in the early 2000s, heralded by many to be the torchbearers for meaningful hip-hop, the “little brother” to legendary groups from the past like A Tribe Called Quest.