Jazz (We’ve Got)

Jazz (We’ve Got)

A Tribe Called Quest

“Jazz (We’ve Got)” is Jazz rap at its finest. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg both deliver some tripped out verses.

The production features a mellow, snare-heavy beat and a haunting piano loop, as well as a very soulful, jazzy soprano saxaphone sample.

Although not the most popular, “Jazz (We’ve Got)” was complemented by a classic, absurd music video that gets a nod from many hardcore hip hop fans. The music video combined the songs “Jazz (We’ve Got)” and “Buggin' Out,” officially titled “Jazz (We’ve Got) Buggin' Out.”

Apparently Pete Rock produced the original version of the beat: In 2004, in an interview with Wax Poetics, he said that he had made the beat for the song, and Q-Tip later re-arranged it. “One time the ‘Jazz’ beat was already playing in the drum machine. I went to answer the door and left the beat playing. He came downstairs like, ‘What the fuck is that?‘ He knew what I used and took the same elements, and made it the exact same way.” Q-Tip claims that he got permission to remake the beat and shout-outs “Pete Rock for the beat, ya don’t stop” at the end of the song.