Free download of some jazzy rap by Black Sheep’s Dres and NY saxman Jaleel Shaw
Dres from Black Sheep is no stranger to jazz. On the hip-hop outfit’s monster 1991 hit The Choice Is Yours, a jazzy double bass was sampled to good effect. Fast forward to 2015 and the rapper is dipping his toes into some improvisational waters with a hook up with New York saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, a frequent collaborator with Blue Note pianist Robert Glasper.
Here, Dres adds some choice verses over Shaw’s Flight from the saxman’s 2008 sophomore album Optimism. Alongside Shaw’s soaring horn is Glasper’s delicate, understated Rhodes playing. The result is unsurprisingly impressive.
Download this free track from here and let’s hope this is the start of more musical marriages between two worlds that rarely mix these days.