Culture: Jazz and Hip-Hop, The Wu-Tang Clan Samples Thelonius Monk

Every week for the month of October, we will celebrate the influence of Jazz in Hip-Hop.

10 October 1917. Jazz musician, educator, Thelonius Monk was born. As we celebrate Thelonius Monk’s 95th anniversary of birth, let’s go back to the summer of 1993.

The Wu-Tang Clan just dropped the classic album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), with “Shame On A Nigga” dipped in the tune “Black and Tan Fantasy.”

Although “Black and Tan Fantasy” was curated by Duke Ellington, the Wu sampled the version by Thelonious Monk – piano; Oscar Pettiford – bass; and Kenny Clarke – drums made in New Jersey, July 1955.


1956. Thelonius Monk – “Black and Tan Fantasy”

Classics breed classics.

Nearly thirty-eight years of separation existed between the Jazz and Hip-Hop merge; yet and still breeds a classic Hip-Hop record.


1993. Wu-Tang Clan – “Shame On A Nigga”

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