i fell in love with jazz and hip-hop on the same night, where Tribe Called Quest and John Coltrane both walked into my life. What a lovely pairing - i'm sure the artistic rap super-group and the sax god would have loved to jam together. I mean, it was Ron Carter playing the bass on their record "Low End Theory" so they're most certainly down with the jazzbos .
anyway, just thought i'd share my thoughts.
there's lots and lots and lots and lots of wonderful hip-hop out there.
the important thing to remember is that hip-hop started out as party music -- the best DJ's were the one's who never stopped, so instead of placing emphasis on melody or composition -- it became about flow and danceability. so if you can appreciate a dazzling run up the scale by Coltrane with his intense fluidity and violent breaks, you could probably dig Ice-T tearin' bitches apart. Its practically the same thing.