Herbie Hancock Will Rock It With Kendrick, Snoop & Common On Next LP
Herbie Hancock is a 14-time Grammy Award recipient (as well as an Oscar winner) that many cite as a provider of their introduction to Hip-Hop and DJ’ing on television. Although the Jazz impresario’s recording career began at the top of the ’60s, Hip-Hop and Hancock helped each other achieve mainstream recognition two decades later with his gold-certified 1983 single, “Rockit.”
With its memorable keytar riff, turntable scratches (courtesy of Grandmixer DXT), and surreal video for the Electro-Funk gem, “Rockit” garnered Hancock his first career Grammy in 1984 for “Best R&B Instrumental,” and later won “Video Of The Year” honors at the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards.
Approaching 35 years since he electrified listeners with the Future Shock, the 77-year old Hancock has not forgotten how Hip-Hop helped him evolve as an artist. Herbie has today’s Hip-Hop royalty on board for his next album. In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune published Friday (March 2), Hancock revealed that he has a hefty lineup of guests, including Hip-Hop superstars Snoop Dogg, Common, and Kendrick Lamar. Flying Lotus, another genre-defying ambassador for Hip-Hop, is also attached. To boot, Hancock said he has Jazz contemporaries and frequent Lamar collaborators Kamasi Washington and Terrace Martin on board to co-produce the yet-untitled album. Snoop (along with Mixmaster Mike) honored Herbie during the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors where the onetime Blue Note Records artist was among those celebrated.
“I’m learning a lot from the young people I’m working with,” Hancock stated about the creative process for his upcoming album. He added. “I never want to stop learning.”
There is no deadline for the final mix of the album to be submitted, and he plans to release it on his own imprint.
The LP will be the first record released by Hancock since The Imagine Project in 2010. His last notable collaboration in the Hip Hop realm were the instrumental songs “Tesla” and “Moment of Hesitation” from Flying Lotus’ album You’re Dead! in 2014.