Guru
Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1


2.0
poor

Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (73 Reviews)
February 5th, 2010 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Should be a lot better, but all this proves is Guru is an overrated rapper and the Jazzmatazz series was a failure since the start.

Jazzmatazz is, if this reviewer were to admit one thing, quite ambitious. Mixing jazz with rap into Acid Jazz is a great thing when accomplished properly, and usually works well when attempted. Early 90s NY rap aspired to attempt to make their music at least semi-jazz influenced, and it usually worked, and Guru of Gang Starr was the most ambitious in this, mixing full out live jazz with his monotone rapping. Now, under most instances, this would be a fabulous idea, but the fact is, every volume of Jazzmatazz has been undeniably boring. How is this possible? Volume one seems to explain it all.

Guru consistently uses internal rhymes, and attempts to punch in as many poetical devices and lyrical photo-shopping to cover up the fact that he is saying absolutely nothing. Now normally that wouldn’t be a problem for rap albums, but in this case he’s taking on the face of a socially conscious artist trying to revive hip hop, and it’s hard to hear the real heart in his rapping. That mixed in with his monotone vocal and back broken delivery, and we get a boring MC who doesn’t know what to do.

To compliment the boring MC is equally boring jazz backdrops. Saxophones whine, beats trample, bass is grooving, and instead of drenching the album in atmosphere that is usually affected by jazz, is just dully plodding through. The guest vocals sing wearily over these ‘cool’ tracks, and give off even more of a wearing effect to an already worn out effort. Jazzmatazz, no doubt, is technically proficient both musically and lyrically, but the problems arise when actual substance or atmosphere arise, and this album creates neither of the two. What we get is a boring effort that definitely could be a lot more. DJ Premier is the true starr of Gang Starr, not Guru.



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hydeyomoney
February 5th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oh hey its the other half of gang starr nobody cares.

Bulldog
February 5th 2010


3796 Comments


really good review.

illmitch
February 5th 2010


5429 Comments


agree 100%, guru is so ridiculously overrated

that plus that one video of him saying that southern rap isn't real rap = lol

hydeyomoney
February 5th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Gang Starr is great, but he's so not the reason.

somberlain
February 5th 2010


2121 Comments


good review but reads like a 1.5
if it weren't for Premier, the Gangstarr albums would be as irrelevant as... well the jazzmatazz series

Bulldog
February 6th 2010


3796 Comments


DJ Premier brings shame to idiots like DJ Khaled and DJ Drama who claim the DJ title when they don't deserve it. DJ Khaled? More like DS Khaled. As in "Dicksucker Khaled."

foreverendeared
February 6th 2010


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Vol. 2 is so much better.

yetanotherprofile
February 6th 2010


180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man i wanted to review this. I love this album, 2,3,4,8,12 are excellent. And no way is vol.2 better than this. That album is poor by two songs.

MUNGOLOID
February 12th 2010


4333 Comments


DJ Premier = The greatest Hip Hop producer

Guru = A pretty good rapper

put them together and you get blueberry ego waffles with no syrup.

HalfManHalfAmazing
November 26th 2010


565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haters gonna hate

foreverendeared
November 26th 2010


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

vol. 4 is his best imo. Surprisingly, I just had to add it to the database

oltnabrick
April 2nd 2013


31078 Comments


not as good as gang starr


but

guru is in my top 5 so this is dope

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

treeqt.
April 2nd 2013


9704 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

welp

oltnabrick
April 2nd 2013


31078 Comments


dam !



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