Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped, Vol. 2

Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped, Vol. 2


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Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped, Vol. 2

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/10/2002
Label: Hidden Beach
UPC: 0696998708822
catalogNumber: 87088

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
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
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
Claydes Smith   Composer

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