"I first heard this album this morning when a local dj reviewed it. I immediately went out to purchase it. In fact, I waited almost an hour (along with about 20 other people) in a record store for a sales rep to return with more copies.This is a great fusion of jazz and hip hop. My favorites on the CD are "Crush on You" and "Forgot About Dre". Karen Briggs plays a mean violin.I can't wait for Volume II to come out!"
"This is one of the best gifts that I received in a LONG time!! I was really wary of what it had to offer because I was judging this 'book' by its cover. After I listened to it I was pleasantly surprised at its selections. I love how they have taken rap music and created a sound that is harmonious to all!! I am a middle school teacher and I play it during class and the students actually like it! On days when they know that they are going to do seatwork, they will almost beg me to play it while they work. This is a good tool for good behavior and it was a good buy."
john dixon | Anaheim, CA | 02/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I picked up thi CD about 4 months ago, after my brother had got an advance copy of it and let me hear it. It's a pretty cool idea of a whole album of popular rap songs being re-done in a jazz, be-bop format. There are a couple of songs which i would have eliminated, and can think of a few other hip-hop songs that would have sounded real good with a new jazz arrangement to take their place.Overall the cd is definitely worth picking up, and i totally agree with some of the other reviewers, who have talked about the lack of promotion on this album. I've been playing this album 4 months now, and our local radio station is just now playing the "So fresh, So clean" version heard here on this album. There was no promotion at all for its pre-release.
I work at a Record store, and i have asked certain customers if they were familiar with this album, and no-one knows what the hell i'm talking about. But, I have turned people on to it, and have gotten just a few more sales for this CD. Check it out!!!!"
The Best of Both Worlds
Roshelle Williamson | Columbus, OH USA | 01/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I heard this CD a few weeks ago at a party and have recommended it to all my friends. My only gripe is it isn't being marketed properly. Everyone I know who likes this CD didn't hear about it on the radio..it's been strictly on the word-of-mouth tip which doesn't exactly boost sales. I absolutely love the fusion of hip-hop and jazz since I love both.Rarely do I hear a CD where I love every song but this one is it!! A must-have for hip-hop and jazz fans."