The 100 Best Native Tongues Songs

53. A Tribe Called Quest "Jazz (Re-Recording)" (1991)

Producer: A Tribe Called Quest
Album: N/A
Label: Jive

In some ways this is a misguided song-it bears so little resemblance to the original either sonically or conceptually that calling it a re-recording rather than a remix does not adequately describe the gulf between the two. There are horns here, but they aren't the wailing, somber type you hear on the original, so it's a stretch to say that the re-recording sounds jazzy in the same obvious way as its predecessor. The original sees Q-Tip at least attempt to theorize a connection between what he does and a jazz sensibility; on the re-recording all we get is the vaguest sense that "the jazz" equals coolness. But none of that matters, because this song is a banger.

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