Remembering Guru

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And All That Jazz

At a time when hip hop was obsessed with the funk breaks of James Brown, Gang Starr were one of the first to meld jazz and hip hop. "Manifest" hinted at the new fusion with its funky Charlie Parker sample, but the pair made it even more explicit with "Jazz Thing," from the soundtrack to Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues. The song name-dropped jazz greats, explained the music's history, and traced its evolution directly to hip hop.

(Photo: Courtesy Chrysalis Records)

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