What They Do - The Roots

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What They Do - The Roots

The Roots were one of the first groups to celebrate the intersection of hip hop and jazz, back in the late 1980's. 

You got musicality (they're a band!), you got Black Thought, you got lyricism, what else can you ask for?

These guys know what they do...

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Runnin' - The Pharcyde

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Runnin' - The Pharcyde

After some weeks playing a bit of modern trends of hip hop and R&B, old school jazz rap is back to Music to Dali & Jay-Z Lovers!

Old and new are always welcome as long as it's good music, and that's definitely the case here! "Runnin'" by The Pharcyde is groovy hip hop with elements of jazz and samba (including a Stan Getz sample), produced by the awesome J. Dilla (check our review of "Thought u wuz nice", also produced by him). 

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Only Girl - Kali Uchis feat. Steve Lacy and Vince Staples

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Only Girl - Kali Uchis feat. Steve Lacy and Vince Staples

It is hard to state boundaries or even define what is R&B today, but this song is definitely one of my favourite types. Three promising names of the new generation, Kali Uchis, Steve Lacy (of trip hop band The Internet) and Vince Staples are a powerful trio in “Only Girl”, a loungy love song that represents the best of what rhythm and blues can be when it adds modern elements to its soulful essence...

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Are We Here? - Kzmiblzf

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Are We Here? - Kzmiblzf

What I love the most about experimental music is how it sounds to me like an abstract experience from which anything can bloom, really like a surrealist painting. "Are we here?" is the type of track to evoke such feelings. Everything works perfectly in this conceptualistic song in which modern beats convey a timeless feeling.

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Comes around - Nori

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Comes around - Nori

Listening to voices other than ours is awesome, but sometimes we gotta give ourselves a break and listen to our own minds. Meditation and silent thinking are powerful tools, but if you wanna do it with a soundtrack, then instrumental music is a must.

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Figure Numatic - Nubiyan Twist

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Figure Numatic - Nubiyan Twist

I swear this track entered my personal list before I knew Nubiyan Twist is a woman-fronted project with a Brazilian member in it!

I am a Brazilian woman and I never get enough of explaining how much I love supporting female artists and Brazilian artists in Music to Dali & Jay-Z Lovers, especially now, in March, when we are celebrating Women's History Month...

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Rock the House - Gorillaz

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Rock the House - Gorillaz

So, how many people are ready to rock the house?

Trip hop band Gorillaz Gorillaz caused a commotion in the music business for their unique concept of a fictional universe with cartoon personas instead of "real members", and although that alone is pretty cool, their music was just as cool...

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Vacation (feat. J Live) -  Jazz Liberatorz

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Vacation (feat. J Live) - Jazz Liberatorz

What's not to love about a track in which both instrumental and lyrics can take you to a trip around the world? And by "world" I don't mean only Earth, but also your mind, your own world. 

Well, allow yourself to take a "Vacation" by listening to this awesome track, which, itself, is an intercontinental trip, being produced by jazzy hop French kings, Jazz Liberatorz, featuring the vocals of American multi talented artist J. Live...

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Weekend - Perc%nt

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Weekend - Perc%nt

Do you ever have those weeks when all days look the same? You wander through the whole week just to get to the weekend, and when it finally comes, it's not even as fun as you expected... Your whole week is just... Bleh.

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Eu Preciso Ir - Tatiana Bispo

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Eu Preciso Ir - Tatiana Bispo

I'm always happier when the artist of the track of the week is from Brazil, or when it's a woman. When it's both, I'm twice happier!

And that's the case here: Tatiana Bispo is a rapper, singer and songwriter from São Paulo whose work, either solo or when collaborating with other artists, is definitely worth a listen.

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Sanctuary ship - Nujabes

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Sanctuary ship - Nujabes

The music you hear in Music to Dali & Jay-Z Lovers might be one of a kind in the artist's career, or might as well be made by an artist whose entire concept revolves around this same style that inspired our playlist. From this last team, we bring you Nujabes, one of the most important names in the Japanese and worldwide hip hop scene.

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Love and peace (feat. Jeon Inkwon) - MFBTY

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Love and peace (feat. Jeon Inkwon) - MFBTY

Make room for a beautiful blend of reggae, hip hop and jazz in our playlist! It's truly an honor to have MFBTY in Music to Dali & Jay-Z Lovers.

Words cannot describe the amount of respect and admiration I have for these people. 

Formed by three legends of Korean hip hop - rapper Bizzy along with the dopest couple ever, Tiger JK and Yoon Mirae, - MFBTY's music is all about breaking barriers, embracing who you are and using music as both an escape from the world and a tool to make it better. 

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Butterfly With Wet Wings - Bry'nt feat. Leikeli47

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Butterfly With Wet Wings - Bry'nt feat. Leikeli47

“Someone’s life is another one’s lesson”, Bry’nt says in the beginning of this song.

In “Butterfly with wet wings”, rapper Bry’nt addresses real life hardships and conflicts, with the help of Leikeli47’s beautiful vocals, and smooth, mind-expanding instrumentals...

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Somewhere Shining - GOOD WTHR feat. Jay Be

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Somewhere Shining - GOOD WTHR feat. Jay Be

Some say nothing cures the pain of losing a loved one; some say that it, just like everything, shall eventually pass. But, either if it's to take the pain away or to just distract you from it, channelling feelings into something else that you love just as much is always a great thing to do.

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Ela Disse - Marcelo D2 feat. Thalma de Freitas

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Ela Disse - Marcelo D2 feat. Thalma de Freitas

Samba and hip hop are an awesome combination and Marcelo D2 always knew it. But in "Ela disse", this fabulous Brazilian rapper made it even better by adding a few jazzy horns and a brief but oh so sweet collaboration with actress & singer Thalma de Freitas.

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My Life Is Good - 애쉬비 (Ash-B)

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My Life Is Good - 애쉬비 (Ash-B)

Here’s a cool song for you to just chill and be grateful for your life, in a non cheesy way. Relax and think of the good things about your life. Your life is good.

When you get to hear “My life is good”, by Ash-B, if you’re not fluent in Korean, the only lines you’ll understand are probably “My life is good” or “My life is cool” and “I’m proud of myself”. That’s enough, though.

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Lágrimas do Palhaço - Kamau feat. Tulipa Ruiz

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Lágrimas do Palhaço - Kamau feat. Tulipa Ruiz

What do you do with the sadness when you’re in a position to make others feel good? Where do you put it when you need to hide it?

Music and any other form of art might be a great escape, but that’s the tricky point: art usually demands you to be true to yourself and get in touch with your feelings. So how are you supposed to show up a smile when you’re doing exactly the one thing who forces you to remember how much you’re feeling down?

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