[lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Kanye West[/lastfm] might be selling out stadiums and making short films, but both world-famous emcees still some show love to the pioneers of rap. The duo’s EP, Watch The Throne, will feature beats by three of the biggest names in the history of hip-hop!
Let’s go down the roster:
[lastfm]Pete Rock[/lastfm]: One half of the early 90s duo [lastfm]Pete Rock and CL Smooth[/lastfm], the Bronx native was a clear influence on [lastfm]Kanye West[/lastfm]’s own production skills, with his seamless integration of old jazz and soul records. He and CL also gave hip-hop one of its enduring tracks, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”
[lastfm]Madlib[/lastfm]: The roster of emcee talent that has rhymed over a [lastfm]Madlib[/lastfm] beat reads like a hip-hop Hall Of Fame ballot: [lastfm]Talib Kweli[/lastfm], [lastfm]Mos Def[/lastfm], [lastfm]De La Soul[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Ghostface Killah[/lastfm] have all gotten down over a [lastfm]Madlib[/lastfm] track.
[lastfm]Q-Tip[/lastfm]: He’s best known as an emcee, both in [lastfm]Tribe Called Quest[/lastfm] and as a solo artist. But [lastfm]Q-Tip[/lastfm] has also produced some hip-hop classics, including [lastfm]Nas[/lastfm]’ “Halftime” from Illmatic. [lastfm]Q-Tip[/lastfm] was a third of the production unit [lastfm]The Ummah[/lastfm] along with fellow Quester [lastfm]Ali Shaheed Muhammad[/lastfm] at the late, great [lastfm]J Dilla[/lastfm].
They probably didn’t need the extra cred, but is it encouraging to you to see Hova and Jeezy reach into hip-hop’s recent past to work with these great artists?