Ltd edition repress on orange vinyl in celebration of the 10th anniversary.
Marc Mac needs no further introduction than this LP.
You can’t move forward without looking back, and Marc Mac has done exactly that with ‘Dirty Old Hip Hop’ – the long awaited Visioneers album that pays homage to the golden age of hip hop, and to soul/jazz/groove innovators Quincy Jones, Isaac Hayes and the Mizell Bros to name but a few.
For the first reason to add this LP to your collection, look no further than track 1, featuring LA’s Voice rapping with a warm nostalgic feel about listening to tapes back in the day - ‘I never thought when it was played way back, that it would ever get remade in fact, in a new way, a catalyst for a good day, streaming from my backpack..’ The second guest rapper is Capitol A who takes it back once again to the days of the boombox with old school rhymes over a block party vibe on ‘Funkbox’.
Hip hop collides with jazz on two superb instrumental versions of 90s classics by the Pharcyde and Nas, the latter with a wicked vibes section – and if you didn’t get one of those limited ‘Runnin’ 7s, here’s your chance. ‘Dirty Old Bossa Nova’ is a great cover of the Howard Roberts tune of the same name, also used by Tribe on ‘Jam’, and ‘Ike’s Mood I’ is of course a lovely beefed up version of the Isaac Hayes classic. The album is rounded of with some sublime, live sounding jazz cuts (sans excess noodles). This will be a great summer soundtrack, should it ever arrive.
While ‘How About A Game Of Chess?’ surely had its moments, this feels like a more rounded, complete album. Mr Mac has definitely achieved his goal of putting jazz back into the hands of the hip hoppers. Word.