Friday, August 13, 2010

Goodie Mob

Traditional jazz-rap indicators tend to lean towards the obvious: Bebop samples and a generally mellow feel. I would argue, however, that this track is jazz oriented, if only because of its relative lack of complete tonal specificity, lending it a generally meandering feel. That the emcees and producers are capable of giving the track such a sense of urgency despite this is rather impressive and the result is such that the lyrics seem to hover in air, melodically driven only by themselves. It reminds me a lot of Amerie's "1 Thing", which accomplishes a very similar end by different means.

Regardless, a great track and group. You may recognize Cee-Lo Green from his later Gnarls Barkley project with Danger Mouse.

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