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Return of the Magnificent

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Featuring a star studded roster of highly respected vocalists, Grammy award winner DJ Jazzy Jeff presents a brand new artist album entitled The Return Of The Magnificent. Through a combination of up and comers, young guns and legends, including Pos of De La Soul, Raheem DeVaughn, Kardinal Offishall, Big Daddy Kane and Method Man, The Return Of The Magnificent is sure to impress old fans and warm up new ears to the soulful sounds of one of hip hop/soul's most consistent innovators. With a quick glance at the tracklisting, The Return Of The Magnificent easily promises to be one of 2007s highlights, but the real star here is DJ Jazzy Jeff, whose lush production is once again the talk of the town.

About the Artist

DJ Jazzy Jeff is an eternal icon for urban music worldwide. Forever innovative, DJ Jazzy Jeff is known for being one of the few DJ's who can please both mainstream and underground audiences alike. As a DJ he's one of the few masters who can truly claim to have added something unique to the art with his famous, often replicated transformer scratch. He also was the baddest DJ on the eastern seaboard way before the City of Brotherly Love produced a rapper of note and he can still rock the crowd harder than anyone.

As a producer he's produced tracks for ground-breaking artists too numerous to name - let's just say the list stretches from Eminem to Jill Scott and far beyond and note that he's sold over 10 million records worldwide. He was the first rap producer to win a Grammy, and he's now one of the most famous DJs to have made the shift from vinyl to digital without losing his art. His successful TV career (alongside former partner in crime Will Smith in 'Fresh Prince Of Bel Air') has kept him a household name for those less turntable inclined, but all this hardly matters - with DJ Jazzy Jeff it's all about the music and he truly is one of the few legendary producers whose music is still essential today.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rapster
  • ASIN: B000NO20UQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With the abundance of garbage that's strewn across the charts, all over commercial radio and on music television these days, and with our most respected MCs now reduced to bouncing up and down in videos with pop tarts, it's become so easy to forget what a gratifying art form hip-hop can be. Lucky then, that we have people like DJ Jazzy Jeff who, every once in a while gets together his 'family' of gifted MCs (people like Pos from De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane & Method Man) and soul singers (like China Blac and the fantastic Raheem DeVaughn) to give us a collection as solid as this. I'm still on a high from his 2002 set The Magnificent.

With pure hip-hop beats, soulful and jazzy grooves and lyrics that I for one find both informative and inspirational, this album is solid gold from start to finish, interspaced with some very entertaining skits for good measure. (The running one about Will Smith really cracked me up). I'm no hip-hop specialist but I know the good stuff when I hear it. Or, to be more precise, I know the stuff I like when I hear it. The language is colourful (though I understand there's a clean version) but in an age where presidents at G8 summit meetings can't be quoted in most family newspapers, I guess it's just the way things are these days.

It's still positive stuff though and if there are any lyrics glamorising crime or denigrating women on this album, I didn't hear them. We need more of this kind of music, we really do. There's even one song ("Go See The Doctor 2k7" feat. Twone Gabz) that grapples with the thorny issue of male sexual health! It's not all serious stuff though. There's silly fun to be had on here too as typified by "She Was So Flyy" feat.
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Believe me when I say, this CD is off the chain from beginning to end! Look, I'm a person that has become a little dissappointed with hip-hop over the last couple of years. With the likes of T-Pain, Nelly, MIMS, Ying Yang etc. getting regular rotation on the airways every 5 mins, I just could'nt take it anymore. Was hip-hop dead like Nas said? A friend of mine called me and told me about this CD. When he said it was D.J. Jazzy Jeff I laughed it off and told him I'll pass. A couple days later while we were ridin' he put a CD in and and I heard something that I thought was a lost art...hip-hop! The 1rst track dope!, 2nd track dope! 3rd track dope!... I asked him who was this? He then proceeded to tell me it was Jazzy Jeff. I said No! I could'nt believe it. I could go on and on about this record, but bottom line go get it. I did that same day. I guess hip-hop still lives, you just have to know where to look.
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Take this from someone who tags, and hopes to one day DJ/Produce for some great MC's:

-BE WARNED: This is pure Hip-Hop. One of those albums that makes commercial & radio-hiphop lovers frown and condescendingly say," WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO?"

-The lyricists on this outing define Jazzy's impeccable taste for HipHop as musical/emotional expression. It's just good music.
Expect nothing but 'Raw & Beautiful' from this one (and definitely listen to the above samples).

-How's the production? This can be answered with some word association:
Pete Rock, DJ Muggs, DJ Premier, J Dilla, Madlib, Buck Shot, 9th Wonder, Magnif, ?uestlove - starting to get the picture?
If not, take a listen to their work too (if you haven't already - hahaha).

Don't file this under CRUNK, SWISHA, CLUB, POP, UNDERGROUND, ART-HOP, TRIP-HOP (or whatever else the many "expert-opinion" music mags are buzzin'these days).

Keep reppin' the "four-elements" (DJing, MCing, Tagging & Breaking).

Peace,
TRINO
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"4.5" out of "5". Heavily slept on, Jazzy Jeff is one of the greatest producers you don't know of. Fantastic album! And a step up from the predecessor album..."The Magnificent"
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Hip-Hop has transformed into so many things that it's amazing that originals like Dj Jazzy Jeff are even still in the game. True enough, he was one half of the infamous rap duo that also featured The Fresh Prince (now Will Smith). But Jeff Townes has been doing production work the entire time, eventually forming A Touch of Jazz production company and then releasing his own material. His latest project The Return of the Magnificent is a follow-up to his original 2002 BBE offering The Magnificent and features a slew of new emcees, old Hip-Hop heads, and equally talented soul singers. Twone Dabz gives the metaphor-heavy "Hip-Hop" as well as "Go See The Doctor 2K7" where he gives a near comical account of getting 'burned' by a woman. Kel Spencer does a good job with "The Definition" while Eshon Burgundy and Black Ice ride over the smoothed-out cut "Run That Back." Chinah Blac serenades over "Touch Me With Your Handz," a track that masterfully reworks the beat for the Floetry hit "Say Yes." J Live does an okay job with "Practice" even though it sounds a bit amateurish in its delivery. Blacksmith Records' own Jean Grae takes another stab at establishing her name in the Hip-Hop arena with "Supa Jean." Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall pops up out of nowhere for the album standout "She Was So Flyy." Underrated R&B singer Raheem Devaughn says it all with the aptly-titled jam "My Soul Ain't For Sale." The Hip-Hop pioneers break out full throttle on the album as well. Posdnuos of De La Soul fame represents for the old school on "Let Me Hear U Clap," Method Man gives his lyrical assault for the groove "Hold It Down," Big Daddy Kane shows off his rawness on "The Garden," and CL Smooth showcases his signature flow for "All I Know.Read more ›
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