Friday, February 10, 2012

Did You Know? Miles Davis' Final Album was a Jazz-Hip Hop Experiment

Miles Davis died on September 28, 1991; a few months before his death he recorded a few tracks against hip-hop beats.

Hip-hop you say?!

Yes; Miles was always an innovator. He fused many genres and styles and instruments together. His album Bitche's Brew is considered the first jazz-rock album, and late in his career he recorded with synths, drum machines, and tried out funk and combined it with jazz concepts.

This album was not completed when he died; it was released in 1992 after his death. Produced by Easy Mo Bee, one of the best old school rappers of the time, it's an interesting perspective of how jazz and rap work.

The album won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance.

Here's a track off the album featuring Easy Mo Bee.

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