Ludacris and company bring you the 2010 "Soul Bossa Nostra" official video, featuring a cameo by the Godfather himself, Quincy Jones. Check out our post on the evolution of this song here, and don't forget to check out Quincy's new album, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra here.
The latest album from Quincy Jones, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, will be released on November 9th and has Quincy-produced tracks re-done with some of the biggest recording artists. Billboard was able to sit down with this legendary producer and musician to hear his thoughts about each track and what it was like working with artists like Amy Winehouse, John Legend, B.o.B., Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and many others.
Everyone knows this Quincy Jones tune from something, depending on what generation they belong to and various other environmental factors. In preparation for the new Quincy album, we're tracing this song through time in samples and interpolations in jazz, hip-hop, plus film, TV and beyond.
Quincy released the original album Soul Bossa Nova in 1962 and the title track gained a presence in TV programs and films worldwide throughout the 60s and 70s. The signature flute loop was originally recorded by none other than multi-reed-instrument master Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Besides film licensing, the song also became a popular recording for sampling, particularly from the Canadian hip-hop group Dream Warriors (check out the Boombastic video below). That 90's style hip-hop/jazz hybrid is a quintessential example of the early Giant Step sound.
The next revival of the song came from Ludacris on his single "Number One Spot," (2004) which was also the ubiquitous theme of the Austin Powers soundtrack. (According to Wikipedia, Mike Myers grew up watching the Canadian game show which used the "Soul Bossa Nova" flute loop as a theme. But again, Wikipedia also once said that Ghostface Killah is also known as 'Chunky Mario Delight'). Ludacris, never lacking a sense of humor, embraces the Austin Powers joke in his music video and drags Q into the video, explaining his new flava on the old classic.
Now Ludacris pays tribute to the living legend again, this time bringing along producer Naturally 7 and Rudy Currence. The instantly-recognizable "Soul Bossa Nostra" continues to find a place in contemporary films and video games, close to 50 years after its release. Check out the new Ludacris version and find more info on the full Quincy Jones album below.
We already gave you a taste of what to expect from Quincy Jones' new collaborative album entitled, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra (set for release in November). Now, here is the album's title track "Soul Bossa Nostra", which Ludacris, Naturally 7 and Rudy Currence (signed to DTP) have given a hip hop revamp. Jones' 1962 single was re-born as the Austin Powers theme song and sampled by Ludacris on his 2005 single "Number One Spot," which garnered him a VMA.
"Soul Bossa Nostra" feat. Ludacris, Naturally 7 and Rudy Currence
Some of today’s biggest recording artists and producers have joined together to celebrate the music of multi-Grammy winning producer, composer and arranger Quincy Jones by recording contemporary versions of his popular recordings on a new album called Soul Bossa Nostra. A “family celebration,” Soul Bossa Nostra will be released on May 25th, 2010.
Among the artists to pay tribute to Jones' massive catalog are Usher, Ludacris, Akon, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, T-Pain, Robin Thicke, LL Cool J, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Three 6 Mafia, David Banner, Bebe Winans, Mervyn Warren, Jermaine Dupri, DJ Paul, and Scott Storch.