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Roy Ayers’ Tiny Desk Performance Shows Why He’s 1 Of Hip-Hop’s Biggest Influences (Video)

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is a legend of Jazz, Funk, and Soul music that collectively has had a tremendous impact on Hip-Hop. A product of Los Angeles, California, Ayers would work with flutist (and another prominently-sampled artist) Herbie Mann by the mid-1960s, before going off on his won. In the '70s,... Read more

Guru, Roy Ayers, & Donald Byrd Brought Jazzmatazz to Life in This 1993 Performance (Video)

Beginning in 1993, Guru released a string of albums as a solo artist, spreading the wings he sprouted with DJ Premier in Gang Starr and exploring his deep love for live instrumentation. That departure resulted in four volumes of Jazzmatazz, a body of work which includes contributions from Erykah Badu,... Read more

Ever Hear Dr. Dre’s Lost Song “My Life” From ’95? It’s One Of His Best (Audio)

Twenty years ago, Dr. Dre was gathering his things as he prepared to exit Death Row Records. As the legend has it, the label co-founder would relinquish his master recordings, and his stake in the multi-platinum dynasty. At the time, the label was overseen by Marion "Suge" Knight—Dre's manager and... Read more

Here’s a DJ Gilles Peterson Mix of Roy Ayers’ Deep Cuts in Celebration of His 75th Birthday (Audio)

Happy Birthday to Roy Ayers. The legendary musician and composer turned 75 this week (9/10). With a career spanning 6 decades, Ayers has been heavily influential in Jazz, Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop. Perhaps the most recent example of just how deep his impact runs comes from the hugely successful N.W.A.... Read more

DJ Erykah Badu Is The Healer. Here’s A Soul Mix Featuring James, Donny & Stevie (Audio)

Erykah Badu knows how to reach the people. As a singer, Badu has struck the hearts of many in three decades, with lyrics and sounds that touch the mind, heart, and soul of listeners. As a mixmaster, under the alter-ego DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, Erykah does the same. Giving... Read more

Celebrate 25 Years of A Tribe Called Quest With This Incredible Mix (Audio)

This has been a landmark year for A Tribe Called Quest. After celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Low End Theory album being certified platinum in February, yesterday (4/17) marked 25 years since the debut of their groundbreaking album, People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm. To celebrate the... Read more

Pete Rock Makes A Roy Ayers Mixtape & It’s Amazing (Mixtape)

Pete Rock knows a thing or two about the great Roy Ayers. The Chocolate Boy Wonder has sampled some of Roy's CTI Records catalog and other material throughout his own vast discography of head-nodding hits. With the release of a new t-shirt at Pete's site (where he has a number... Read more

Papoose Gives You The True 2014 Brooklyn Tour Over Roy Ayers Ubiquity (Audio)

Roy Ayers Ubiquity' "We Live In Brooklyn" is a record that makes you feel the 1970s NYC that wasn't regularly on TV. When Roy said, "we tryin' to make it, baby," you could feel the working class struggle of New York City's largest borough. It's little wonder that Mos Def... Read more

Scram Jones – Friday The 13th

The 914's Scram Jones is one of the more talented producers in Hip-Hop, who rarely seems to get the name-brand recognition he deserves. Scram has worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, D-Block and Raekwon in crafting a New York sound that upholds the late '80s-early '90s tradition of mixtapes... Read more

Super Soul Sunday (Playlist)

Having withdrawal from the NFL playoffs? Here's a Super Soul Sunday playlist to ease the pain. If names like Roy Ayers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, The Brothers Johnson and Stevie Wonder mean anything to you or you just like good, soulful music, this one's for you.... Read more

Weekends are for chilling and breaking up the daily routine, right? Welcome to Soul Cooking, where each Saturday you will find playlists featuring some of the finest soul music ever made. In this week’s inaugural edition, you can expect joints from Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Roy Ayers, Rose Royce, The Staples Singers, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, The Brothers Johnson and more.

This playlist was inspired by a cool article by TheWellVersed on The 10 Non Hip-Hop acts to watch in 2011.  Ambrosia For Heads will always endeavor to serve you the best in hip-hop (old and new), but as with any good meal, sometimes you need a palate cleanser.  Also,  as... Read more

Roy Ayers is a musical giant. His tracks have built some of the most important samples in hip-hop.

There's a documentary coming out on Roy Ayers later in the year (great year for music documentaries, btw. With the amount of his music that has been sampled over the years, Roy Ayers is one of the founding fathers of hip-hop. Here are some of his most influential tracks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zy2ZrIqIpc... Read more

Where there’s Smoke…there’s fire! Check out Smoke DZA’s video for Ralph Lifshitz.

Boi-1da is on the track which starts with a Roy Ayers classic that will never get old. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-_Y-0tnmuM&feature=player_embedded Here are a couple of other songs that have sampled the Roy Ayers track used in the beginning plus the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoSPNjjLNeE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBApMFw9b_0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQtmkoakjOc... Read more

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie just dropped a mixtape full of Summertime classics.

When 1 of the greatest DJs ever links with 1 of the best mixtape DJs ever, you know it's going to be fresh.  The tracklist below speaks for itself.  Click here to download. 1. Summertime Intro 2. Kool & The Gang: Summer Madness (Live Version) 3. Kool & The Gang:... Read more

In My Lifetime – Ayah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoSH90bSl08 Ayah is the great DJ Jazzy Jeff's latest protege.  She puts her spin on the sample of the timeless Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers, previously taken on by Mary and Trendz of Culture.  Those are BIG footsteps to follow, but Ayah does her thing..... Read more