Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em album preview – The Jason Parker Quartet/Jay-Z

Thanks to beatmaker Spekulation, you can hear what a jazz album by rapper Jay-Z may sound like

This is an awfully clever album. Seattle beatmaker Spekulation combined a cappellas by Jay-Z with music from the Jason Parker Quartet. The result? An unauthorized jazz album by a superstar rapper.

Spekulation took samples from Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake, an upcoming album from Seattle jazzers the Jason Parker Quartet. He then mixed in some Jay-Z verses. Seamlessly.

As far as cross-genre collaborations go, these tracks are infinitely more interesting than Jay-Z’s 2004 collaborations with rockers Linkin Park.

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