Hip-Hop Goes Bebop

Rappers and jazz musicians are joining forces

One man's music is another's migraine. It can be frustrating to try to persuade skeptics that Dwight Yoakam, Fugazi or Philip Glass, for example, makes real music. The task is perhaps toughest with rap. "I don't get this," the anti-rappers complain. "They're just talking. And why are they all named Ice?" Now several members of rap's vanguard -- among them Guru and Digable Planets -- are forming a new alliance between hip-hop and jazz, lending both complexity and credibility to rap. For doubters, perhaps rap + jazz will = acceptance.

The debut album from Digable Planets -- Reachin' (A New Refutation...

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