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Gang Starr – Jazz Thing (1990)

Classic hip hop single from 1990 – never released on a regular Gang Starr LP, it featured in Spike Lee’s 1990 film “Mo’ Better Blues”.

A tribute to the greats of 20th century jazz, this track joins the pantheon of great “lists” songs also inhabited by LCD Soundsystem’s immortal “Losing My Edge” (previously posted here)

As Mr Lee himself observed:

Not everyone is fortunate to have a jazz musician for a father and grow up in a household listening to the music. It is my hope that maybe, just maybe, some young folks will know from this film “Mo Better Blues” and the single “Jazz Thing” as much about Duke, Coltrane, Monk, Diz, Mingus, Billie Holiday, Bird, etc…etc…etc…, as Public Enemy, Biz Markie, L.L. Cool J, Hammer, Queen Latifah, etc…etc…etc…etc…

Spike Lee – July 13,1990

Superb video to accompany the track.


Gang Starr - Jazz Thing

  1. January 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    What a groovy song! I love that old school hip hop sound and the whole aesthetic! Thanks for sharing this with me, i hope to record my poem sometime in the next month and will use this as a reference 🙂 It will have a South African Cape Jazz vibe to it though. Would be cool if you could post something about Cape Jazz if you haven’t already 🙂


  2. January 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm
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