Time to checkout some more samples, for those that like to mix the live jazzy sound with hip hop and downtempo funk.
Today I’m doing a review of Doodlebug’s Jazzy Hip Hop Theory, a jazzy hip hop library released by Loopmasters.
Some of the new school folks may not know who Digable Planets are…let’s just say, they ARE jazzy hip hop!
Doodlebug is a member from this very group.
So let’s check this joint out!
So what is Doodlebug’s Jazzy Hip Hop Theory?
It’s that real jazzy hip hop, played by the very same live musicians that have been playing with Doodlebug throughout his career from Digable Planets to his own solo stuff.
If you got a real appetite for that classic, jazz influenced hip hop, boom bap, back pack, funk-rap sound…
then this may be your thing.
You get real live drum loops, electric and upright bass, as well as some saxy flute lovin.
You also get some nice guitar riffs as well as a few vocals/phrases to play with
- Content: 622Mb, 580 samples
- Format: rex, wav, kontakt, exs, refill, ableton live pack, nnxt, rmx, apple loops
- Price: $37.16
So how does it sound?
It really does have that live, jazzy feel to it.
The drums got that loose groove many love to chop or find off of records and loop.
The electric bass if funky while that upright bass has that laid back groove that reminds you of those classic 90’s tracks.
The flutes and saxes are played well, so authentic you can even hear some of the breathing! lol…
They even included some of those classic sounding vocals, well recorded so you could definitely use them in your tracks.
The quality is great, and the variety/style of the production is on point, feels like you’ve gained access to old 2 inch tapes of Digable Planets sessions.
So what’s the bottom line?
I really enjoyed this library, though I did have one major fault with it.
For it to be dedicated to jazzy hip hop, there was an obvious absence of ep/rhodes sounds….
which to me are pretty much synonymous with jazzy hip hop
I give this library a 4 out of 5 subs, no doubt, the addition of some live played rhodes/ep sounds would have made it that much stronger and complete.
That said, there’s really nothing to dislike about the content that’s there, it leaves you wanting more, and hoping for a volume 2
If there is a volume 2, I definitely hope they capture some of those jazzy chops from their live keyboard musicians
Overall it’s a nice authentic library, and captures that live sound perfectly…I know a few people that will pretty much fall in love with this one instantly.
The price is reasonable as well, making it an all around useful product.
You can check it out over at Loopmasters website: doodlebug jazzy hip hop
let me know what you think, leave a comment below.