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Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On 2001's Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped, Vol. 1, a rotating group of jazz musicians offered smooth jazz interpretations of rap songs. Producers Tony Joseph and Darryl Ross' novel concept was that the only thing wrong with rap music was, well, the rap part. You'd have thought that an idea so silly would be laughed off, but there is no accounting for the taste of smooth jazz fans, and the album actually topped Billboard's contemporary jazz chart for three weeks, offering commercial justification for a second volume. "Jazz, hip-hop, and R&B, it's all the same music," proclaims disc jockey Frank-Ski at the outset, articulating another silly idea. Of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On 2001's Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped, Vol. 1, a rotating group of jazz musicians offered smooth jazz interpretations of rap songs. Producers Tony Joseph and Darryl Ross' novel concept was that the only thing wrong with rap music was, well, the rap part. You'd have thought that an idea so silly would be laughed off, but there is no accounting for the taste of smooth jazz fans, and the album actually topped Billboard's contemporary jazz chart for three weeks, offering commercial justification for a second volume. "Jazz, hip-hop, and R&B, it's all the same music," proclaims disc jockey Frank-Ski at the outset, articulating another silly idea. Of course, much of the musical background of rap songs tends to be constructed out of borrowings or outright samples from other songs, and when you strip off the rap, you are left with those tunes. Thus, Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" minus Coolio is Stevie Wonder's song "Pastime Paradise," and "Summertime" minus Will Smith's rap is Kool & the Gang's song "Summertime." Here, the former is paced by Karen Briggs' agitated violin improvisations, while the latter spotlights contributions from Hidden Beach saxophonist Mike Phillips and keyboardist Jeff Lorber. The album offers the same appeal as a 101 Strings treatment of Beatles songs -- it allows people who have been bombarded by popular music on the radio in their cars, their children's bedrooms, and the mall, to hear what for them are more palatable versions of necessarily familiar songs. Finally, rap music for people who don't like rap! It's still a silly idea, but obviously a commercial one. This limited-edition version contains a second disc featuring a promotional rap, two extra tracks, a live version of one of the other songs, and a computer-animated video starring a scantily clad woman with dragonfly wings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2002
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 696998708822
  • Catalog Number: 87088
  • Sales rank: 80,923

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Somebody Got It (0:35)
  2. 2 Always on Time - Patrice Rushen (5:19)
  3. 3 Roll Out (My Business) - Mike Phillips (6:36)
  4. 4 Electric Relaxation - Jeff Lorber (4:37)
  5. 5 Gangsta's Paradise - Karen Briggs (5:48)
  6. 6 Bouncin' Back (Bumpin Me Against the Wall) - Lou Taylor (5:15)
  7. 7 Summertime - Mike Phillips (5:28)
  8. 8 Music - Jeff Bradshaw (5:20)
  9. 9 Still Not a Player - Andrew Gouche (4:11)
  10. 10 Hot in Herre - Mike Phillips (5:42)
  11. 11 Medley: Here They Come/The Choice Is Yours/Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like (6:03)
  12. 12 Unwrapped: Epilogue (0:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patrice Rushen Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Steel Drums, Vibes, fender rhodes
Jeff Lorber Electric Piano, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Glen Brown Vocals
Karen Briggs Violin
Peter Black Guitar
Craig T. Cooper Guitar, Vocoder
Andrew Gouche Bass
Dennis Nelson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Darryl Ross Organ, Vocals, Multi Instruments
Frank-Ski Vocals
Terry Thomas Rhythm Guitar
Lou Taylor Clarinet, Flute, Horn, Saxophone
Steve Baxter Horn
Mike Phillips Synthesizer Bass, Wind Controller
Tony Joseph Percussion, Vocals
Mike Parker Vocals
Jeff Bradshaw Trombone, Electric Piano
Charles Whitfield Vocals
Tamika Peoples Vocals
Paul Litterall Trumpet, Horn, Muted Trumpet
Technical Credits
J. Scott Skinner Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Coolio Composer
R. Bell Composer
George "Funky" Brown Composer
Steve McKeever Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Direction
Robert "Spike" Mickens Composer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad Composer
Doug Rasheed Composer
Darryl Ross Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Erick Sermon Composer
Frank-Ski Liner Notes
Charles Smith Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Composer
A. Titus Composer
Richard Westfield Composer
M. Williams Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
R. Foster Composer
Rodney Jerkins Composer
William Lucas Engineer
J.C. Tejada Composer
Doug Haverty Art Direction
D. Ross Composer
Irv Gotti Composer
Kris Solem Mastering
Will Smith Composer
Pharrell Williams Composer
Malik Taylor Composer
Alton Taylor Composer
Jeffrey Atkins Composer
Kamaal Fareed Composer
Tim Mosley Composer
Chad Hugo Composer
J. Karen Thomas Composer
Tony Joseph Producer, Executive Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming, Concept
J.R. Hammond Composer
Thornell Jones Art Direction, Marketing
Jeff Bradshaw Composer
Jonathan Davis Composer
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