Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Streetsoul [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Give Keith Elam credit for knowing how to surround himself with great talent. It's a fact that has guided his career from the early days of Gang Starr -- the group he formed with one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, DJ Premier -- to his solo Jazzmatazz albums, recorded with a host of jazz legends including Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, and Branford Marsalis. This third volume in Guru's Jazzmatazz series came not only after a five-year break, but at a time when the notion of jazz-rap was almost as antiquated as the '70s jazz-funk sound it helped resurrect back in the late '80s. Guru undoubtedly realized this, so instead of focusing strictly on jazz ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Give Keith Elam credit for knowing how to surround himself with great talent. It's a fact that has guided his career from the early days of Gang Starr -- the group he formed with one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, DJ Premier -- to his solo Jazzmatazz albums, recorded with a host of jazz legends including Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, and Branford Marsalis. This third volume in Guru's Jazzmatazz series came not only after a five-year break, but at a time when the notion of jazz-rap was almost as antiquated as the '70s jazz-funk sound it helped resurrect back in the late '80s. Guru undoubtedly realized this, so instead of focusing strictly on jazz this time out, he made Streetsoul more of a roots album. With all the great contemporary R&B talent on display, though, any jazz-rap fans still left could hardly be annoyed with Guru's shift in focus from jazz to soul. A trinity of late-'90s soul divas -- Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, and Kelis -- each have features, and the swing-to-urban production behind Badu's contribution frames her vocal excellently. DJ Premier also shows up, contributing his usual excellent trackmaster skills to "Hustlin' Daze," with vocals by Donell Jones. Fellow rapcentrics the Roots make an appearance on the fight-for-your-right anthem "Lift Your Fist," and Guru inserts two pioneer tracks, Herbie Hancock's "Timeless" and Isaac Hayes' "Night Vision" near the end. Unfortunately, the one caveat to Streetsoul -- Guru's rapping talent hasn't improved at all -- is practically unavoidable considering he pops up for a verse or two smack-dab in the middle of almost every track here. [Streetsoul was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724385018947
  • Catalog Number: 50189

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:05)
  2. 2 Keep Your Worries - Angie Stone (4:58)
  3. 3 Hustlin' Daze - Donell Jones (4:47)
  4. 4 All I Said - Macy Gray (4:07)
  5. 5 Certified - Bilal (4:41)
  6. 6 Plenty - Erykah Badu (4:38)
  7. 7 Lift Your Fist (3:48)
  8. 8 Guidance - Amel Larrieux (4:06)
  9. 9 Interlude (Brooklyn Skit) (0:51)
  10. 10 Supa Love - Kelis (3:52)
  11. 11 No More - Craig David (4:03)
  12. 12 Where's My Ladies? - Big Shug (4:04)
  13. 13 Night Vision - Isaac Hayes (3:33)
  14. 14 Who's There? - Les Nubians (4:06)
  15. 15 Mashin' up da World (5:20)
  16. 16 Timeless (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Guru Primary Artist, Vocals
Herbie Hancock Track Performer
Najee Flute
Junior Reid Vocals
DJ Premier scratching
Ryan Dorn Keyboards, Vocals
Isaac Hayes Vocals
Tammy Lucas Background Vocals
James Poyser Keyboards
Angie Stone Vocals
Big Shug Vocals
Les Nubians Vocals, Background Vocals
Amel Larrieux Vocals
Donell Jones Vocals
Erykah Badu Vocals
Black Thought Vocals
?uestlove Drums, Keyboards
Shaun Martin Keyboards
Macy Gray Vocals
Kelis Vocals
Craig David Vocals
Gino Iglheart Drums
Bray Lon Lacy Bass
Dave "Diggity" Patterson Keyboards
Prodigal Son Vocals
Dino "Junebugg" Young fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Guru Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming, Instrumentation
DJ Premier Programming, Producer
James Poyser Producer
Eddie Sancho Engineer
Jon Smeltz Engineer
DJ Scratch Producer
The Roots Producer
Amy Linden Liner Notes
Mark Mitchell Engineer
Erykah Badu Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Bill McMullen Art Direction
Patrick Moxey Executive Producer
Pete Karam Engineer
?uestlove Producer
Leo Swift Morris Engineer
The Neptunes Producer
Drew Coleman Engineer
Cus Engineer
Patrick Viala Engineer
Caleb Lambert Engineer
Eric "Ebo" Butler Engineer
Agalla Producer
Orlando Bovell Engineer
Victor Flowers Engineer, drum programming
Taurus Braxton Harvey Engineer
Mitch Olivier Engineer
Aaron Seawood Executive Producer
Rob Stull Logo Design
Chris Bell Engineer
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