What happens when you mashup Fela Kuti and De La Soul? You get Fela Soul. It’s an interesting concept well worth the listen. Best of all, it’s free. Download it!
The early to mid 90s was a golden period for jazz and hip hop. It’s no secret that hip hop had always sampled jazz music, so the connection was always there. However, this was beyond sampling. There was a clear hip hop and jazz movement. The music was fresh, innovative, creative and on point. Even hip hop detractors couldn’t deny the talent on display. Acts like Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Digable Planets, Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Gangstarr and Guru with his Jazzmatazz series later on all openly blended jazz into their music. This wasn’t underground music. This was as mainstream as you could get. This was music on the radio, music on tv, music people listened to, young and old alike.