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Unwrapped 3

Hidden Beach Recordings Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • ASIN: B00026WU1E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Check The Rhime/Unrap This - Hidden Beach: Unwrapped Vol. 3
2. In Da Club - Jeff Bradshaw
3. I Know What You Want - Lou Taylor
4. P.I.M.P. - Richard Turner
5. Tainted - Richard Turner
6. Lose Yourself - Karen Briggs
7. Tupac Tribute Medley: Keep Your Head Up/I Ain't Mad At Cha/How Do You Want It - Karen Briggs
8. Biggie Tribute Medley: Juicy/Big Poppa/Hypnotize - Andrew Gouche
9. Beautiful - Jeff Bradshaw
10. Doo Wop (That Thing) - Jeff Lorber
11. The Way You Move - Mike Phillips
12. Check The Rhime - Mike Phillips
13. Jam Master Jay Tribute Medley: Walk This Way/King Of Rock/Sucker M.C.'s - Andrew Gouche

Editorial Reviews

Third installation of the innovative Unwrapped series that combines hip hop & jazz sensibilities. With its combination of up to the minute interpretations, old school covers, & tribute medleys, Volume 3 will continue this marriage of styles pushing the boundaries with innovative arrangements & instrumental solos. Includes new versions of songs made famous by Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, N.E.R.D., A Tribe Called Quest, Eminem, Slum Village, & Lauryn Hill.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea and for the Most Part, Worthy Projects November 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just purchased Volumes I, II, & III of the Hidden Beach Unwrapped series and for the most part these are worth notable consideration.

The fusing of the three musical forms, rap, R&B, and jazz is a wonderful idea as one art form contributes greatly to the other; moreover, in most cases, the lines can indeed become blurred, especially if you have a quality artist to exemplify this.

When the collaborations work, you have an amazingly mature level of entertainment. The jazz improvisations coupled with stellar vocal performances and engaging rap lines serve to bridge generational gaps because the focal point here is simply the music. It is most refreshing to have included such a stunning solo violinist, Karen Briggs, as an interpreter which makes one long for Noel Pointer who tried fairly successfully to incorporate the violin into jazz in the mid 70s. Since then, violinists seem to steer clear of jazz, R&B, and rap which is unfortunate.

However, when some of the arrangements do not work, (and some of them certainly do not!!) they fail colossally and the listener is left with the distinct impression that improvisation and creative energy was at an all time low. To be sure, the best volumes are I & III.

Standout cuts include:
Tainted (Vol 3)
The Tupac & Biggier Tributes (Vol 3
The Way You Move (Vol 3)
Music (Vol 2)
Still Not A Player (Vol 2)
Crush On You (Vol 1)
Loungin' - Who Do Ya Love? - (Vol 1)
The Light - (Vol 1)
One More Chance - (Vol 1)
So Fresh So Clean (Vol 1)
I Get Around (Vol 1)

I was also impressed with the roster of talent on the Hidden Beach label which includes none other than Jill Scott.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Bunch July 15, 2004
By Jai
Format:Audio CD
I was first put on to hidden Beach by purchasing Jill Scotts Words and Sounds album. Since then they have released quality product after quality product. Unwrapped is right up my alley. Sometimes I don't want to hear the words just the music. Instrumentals are too plain, the Unwrapped series take it to another level. Taking some of the best artists contemporary jazz has to offer and infusing their talent with hip-hop makes for classic material. While people talk about music and hip-hop not being fun and creative anymore this is an album that does just that. Being that I am from Detroit my favorites include their rendition of Slum Villages "Tainted" and Eminem's "Lose Yourself," which by the way Karen Briggs does her "thang" on. But by far Mike Phillips puts it down the best on Outkasts "I Like the Way You Move" and Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)." Bottom line if you love good music, hip-hop and jazz the is a must buy. If this is the first you heard of the project also check out Unwrapped Volumes 1 & 2, Mike Phillips debut "You Have Reached Mike Phillips," and Jeff Bradshaws "Bone Deep." Both of these artists have performed on Unwrapped Volumes 1-3
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a sure bet! July 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Mike Phillips, Jeff Lorber and Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind and Fire. How could you go wrong? You can visit your local music store and find any number of imitators. Hidden Beach set the standard. This project is no exception. The downside of not living in Atlanta is not being able to catch snippets of this cd before it was released.

Even if Rap/Hip-Hop is not your thing, these instrumental interpretations definetly catch your attention. Some of my favorites include, Tainted, PIMP, Beautiful, In Da Club and The Way You Move. I particulary enjoyed the tributes to Biggie, Jam Master Jay and Tupac Shakur. In reading the liner notes I discovered that just about everything to sabotage this cd that could have happened....happened. I appreciate the effort and am grateful that they didn't give up. Pop this one in your cd changer and let the music handle the rest! Excellent!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Beach... Doing it again !!! July 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who are scared of jazz, give the unwrapped series a try. The music is hot and the musicians are hotter. For those of you who are hard core jazz fans, try this mix of hip hop jazz and expand your musical tastes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny June 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've been looking for an album like this series for a while. These albums have seemed bridged the gap between different cross sections of people. Between the ol' and new school hip hop junkies; pure and smooth jazz listeners; and even people who don't even listen to hip hip are loving this series. This music you can listen and dance to without offending your mama. Can't wait for Vol. 4!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING November 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
A sure fire way to listen to a lot of the new hip hop flava without the hard core lyrics. I hope they keep up with these projects
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep them comming! July 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This series is one of the best concepts out. Its is perfect to bridge folk into the wonderful world of jazz. I truly enjoy this album (as well as the other two) and am savoring for Vol 4!.
This cd is always a hit at parties, work and in the whip!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good buy! October 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought both Hidden Beach vol.1 and 3. This one was good but not better than vol.1. It's still worth the money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome background music for an event
I have purchase almost all of the Hidden Beach products and have never been disappointed. I love the way the old school is blended to make it timeless and relevant today!
Published 2 months ago by Karren
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD!!!
If you love old school hip hop music... you will absolutly love this easy listening jazzy CD. You will also enjoy Unwrapped 1 and 2.
Published 2 months ago by PB
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS!
The Unwrapped Volumes are great. I loved this one and have introduced it to many people. Great intro into this type of music!
Published 7 months ago by Romello James
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Music
Hidden Beach is a great CD. I had several of my friends listen to it and they ordered some asap.
Published 7 months ago by Sarah Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good listening
Yep The whole CD of Unwrapped 3 is great. would recommend. I'm very pleased. Going to collect the other volumes.yep
Published 9 months ago by B. Majors
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like the mix
I have always liked this group and the way they fuse hip hop with that jazzy flavor. I recommend this group to all my friends.
Published 16 months ago by C. Tiller
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have loved every volume of the Unwrapped series. Since I was first introduced to them by a friend I have been a fan. Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by L. K. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yeah!
I had a get together at my place and someone popped this cd in and it's been playing ever since. All tracks are an awesome collaboration of R&B hip hop and Jazz. Read more
Published on June 6, 2009 by Kisha Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Music For Your Ears and Soul
I Have been able to get the youngsters of the Rap generation to listen to the five albums while explaining to them the origins of R&B,classical,blues,etc... Read more
Published on March 17, 2009 by Charles A. Dowdy
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the entire Unwrapped Collection now!
If you are a mature adult who likes new music, jazz, hip hop & R&B then this is the collection for you. Read more
Published on December 2, 2007 by Mulata
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