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The RH Factor Hard GrooveJazz musicians aren't always welcome in hip-hop's hood. But trumpeter Hargrove plays regularly with the likes of D'Angelo, Common, and Erykah Badu. Hence,...The RH Factor Hard GrooveJazz, Hip-Hop/RapJazz musicians aren't always welcome in hip-hop's hood. But trumpeter Hargrove plays regularly with the likes of D'Angelo, Common, and Erykah Badu. Hence,...2003-06-13
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The RH Factor Hard Groove

Genre: Jazz, Hip-Hop/Rap; Guest Performer: Erykah Badu, D'Angelo; Producer (group): Verve; Status: In Season

Jazz musicians aren’t always welcome in hip-hop’s hood. But trumpeter Hargrove plays regularly with the likes of D’Angelo, Common, and Erykah Badu. Hence, the all-star cast and a mix that stresses thick bass, heavy backbeats, and danceable grooves. Forgive the back-patting wordplay of ”Common Free Style” (”Roy Hargrove/Stars rove in the sky”), and listen to the horn-and-voice riff: It echoes P-Funk, as does D’Angelo’s simmering take on George Clinton’s ”I’ll Stay.” Badu haunts on ”Poetry,” and Hargrove’s savvy playing lights up even the cuts that miss.

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