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”