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Droppin' Science: Greatest Samples From The Blue Note Lab

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Blue Note has long been the exemplar in jazz, being the home of some of the most important jazz recordings ever made.

What most don't know is that 50 years after the label's inception, the music would prove to be an integral resource of a whole new movement and genre: hip-hop. The art of sampling in hip-hop has been around since the late '70s, but the wave of the most creative and aesthetically driven sampling began during the early '90s. Hip-hop artists delved into the previously unexplored genre of jazz, and the music was changed then and for the next decade to come - and Blue Note served as the hub of its ingenuity and inspiration.

From A Tribe Called Quest to Gang Starr to Dr. Dre to the Beastie Boys, Blue Note has been the source of the deep groove, the soulful vamp, or the hittin' beat that we associate with some of the greatest hip-hop songs. Whether it's the soulful bass line of Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew" which served as the most memorable element in A Tribe Called Quest's entrancing "Electric Relaxation," the colossal orchestral intro that instantaneously has you at attention awaiting the beat to drop on Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode," or the funky big-bang groove of Joe Williams's "Get out of My Life Woman" which is the sole inspiration of non-stop head-nodding on Kool G Rap's "Ill Street Blues," Blue Note's got it covered.

Blue Note is Droppin' Science, bringing it back to the lab of the jazz, funk, and soul chemists who gave the label some of the most influential and groundbreaking music of their time. We've dug deep into the crates to spotlight some of our most treasured works, as we tip our hat to some of the greatest hip-hop artists and producers ever.

Who got da props? The Finest in Jazz, hands down.