The album Jazz Liberatorz – Clin D’oeil is a tribute to the golden age of hip hop taking its strength onto the roots of jazz music. This is what why one can call Jazz Liberatorz – Clin D’oeil a jazz rap album. The album is embedded in jazz rap and jazz hop with the usage of deep basslines, sampled horns, and beat poet-styled phrasings from guest rappers. The Jazz Liberatorz introduced to us a very special and intriguing musical experience with this album.
Clin D’Oeil is the introduction to the album which explained that hip hop and rap music came from jazz and shares the same values as jazz music does. The influence of jazz is discussed by Tre Hardson, also known to you all as Slim Kid Tre. The song is a jazz rap song with a smooth style of lounge jazz production laid down by the Jazz Liberatorz.
Now jazz has come a long way. Back in the days there was bebop. And now it’s hip hop. Jazz was revolutionary. And hip hop is also revolutionary. Rap is really getting the message across but not always.
The Gil Scott-Herons paved the way, set the pace, and set the tone like the Last Poets. All of these are great people with great minds. To do things to carry the torch of our ancestors. Our forefathers wanted to let us know what’s really going on around the world. Hip hop has definitely carried that torch in a positive way. Rap was a vehicle for stopping the violence just as jazz was back in the days. I’m talking about from the 1910s to the 1960s.
Jazz was also like a secret conversation. I mean, it was a universal language. So no matter what culture you came from you would still hear the music and feel the story even if you didn’t know the words.
In hip hop, we have to put our all into it so you can feel the energy coming across just the same as the saxophone player who played with the same intensity and feeling. And that’s what we’re all here for. To feel that love and vibration in music. To uplift the people, indeed.
Genius At Work is where France meets the United States. The French hip hop trio Jazz Liberatorz lay down some sublime smooth jazz production while American rappers Fatlib and T-Love lay down the lyrics. The Jazz Liberatorz introduced to us a very special and intriguing musical experience with this song.
Fatlip raps about how blessed he is to be lyrically gifted and inclined he is a rapper as that is what he believes is a gift from the man above him aka God. Summon old tablets when Fatlip bursts a verse. He doesn’t know if it’s a blessing or somewhat of a curse. Before he spits, he gets the money first. Rarely does he practice and barely rehearse. Yet somehow the flow still come out lovely. Lacin’ y’all with the rawness. He must be blessed by the man above him. Fatlip has doing this since the days of Rocksteady. That is why his resume is heavy. A dawn of a new era is upon us.
So how did T-Love get her gift? It started with a present that was on her list. She was given a wish that was skill that she uses for writing. And if you ever wonder will she ever be serious, check the rhyme in the chorus just in case you’re curious.
When The Clock Ticks is French hip hop meeting French rap as French rapper J. Sands raps the entirety of this song. The French hip hop trio Jazz Liberatorz lay down some sublime smooth jazz production while French rapper J. Sands lays down the lyrics. The Jazz Liberatorz introduced to us a very special and intriguing musical experience with this song.
J. Sands raps about how he needs money as there is not enough money for him. J. Sands told J. Flint, these rhymes can pay rent. J. Sands needs to holler about getting some dollars because he spent all his money. The gas bill, electric bill, and rent fees got him stressing. He dropped a half a grand on his lodge. They call me on the phone, he’s not home can I take a message? He thought about robbing people. Maybe getting a job where he could be employee of the year at Baskin & Robin’s. He’s not trying to floss and be “all that” by being something he’s not. But he’d rather just stay at the crib creatin’ styles of music. Because when the clock ticks he needs money.
J. Sands takes a pull from the leaf like the Indian chief. Hops in the whip full clip just to defend himself in the streets. And that’s a shame but the lames got the game all changed. Draw aim and bust that thing for small fame. That’s half the cats around his way on some Willie Lynch shit happenin’ today. Makin’ all type of dollars with no tax return. And when the clock ticks we need a profit.
I rate this album 4/5****!