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Dave Brubeck

Photo by Carel L. de Vogel

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Inspired With Art: Hip Hop Sampling Album Covers

Some Hip Hop artists not only sample music from previous decades, but they also sample the album art as well.

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Roy Ayers – He's Coming / Smif n Wesson – Dah Shinin'

While Roy Ayers was a heavy influence for many Hip Hop artists in the 90's, Smif n Wesson sampled more than just Roy Ayers' music.

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Proof – Searchin' (Produced by Jay Dee) (Circa 1996)

If we had to pick one Dilla track to post on royayersproject.com, this would be the one, for obvious reasons. Vintage Jay Dee while using Roy Ayers as his muse.

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J Dilla: Rated E for Everyone

J Dilla's legacy is truly a great one, and with someone who is loved and appreciated world wide, there is plenty of love and appreciation to go around.

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James Yancey Productions – Mixed by DJ Haylow (Download) (2005)

I have always liked Dilla. I liked him before his listeners became fans, and his fans became stans, and the stans became a cult. Like everyone, I bashed the Pharcyde's LabCabinCalifornia album when it came out. "It's not like the first one", I thought as a juvenile Hip Hop head. ...

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Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – My Little Brown Book (1962) (Motion Graphic Interpretation)

Visuals provided by Defetto.

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An Artist's Interpretation: Slavomir Hryniewiecki x Knxwledge

Coming from Poland, we have a brilliant artists who was inspired by one of our previous beat submissions.

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Art Blakey & the Afro-Drum Ensemble – The African Beat (1962)

Art Blakey teams up with the Afro-Drum Ensemble as he records a jazz album fused with a traditional African sound.

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Common / Mos Def / Black Thought – Hurricane (Ayentee Remix) (Download)

This is a Roy Ayers Project exclusive provided by Ayentee, as he combines some of the best emcees with an excellent Roy Ayers sample.

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Fela Kuti and Africa 70 in Berlin (1976) (Video)

Fela performs "Cross Examination" in this excellent quality video, which also shows the magnificence of Africa 70 and Fela's dancers.

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Fred Hampton, The Panther

Fred Hampton is an inspiration to us all, and his spirit remains alive.

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John Coltrane – Impressions (Video) (1961)

A legendary performance by a legendary artist. John Coltrane at his best, and this archived footage proves it.

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30 Artist Interpretations of Nina Simone

Nina Simone music is truly one of a kind, and her aura is an inspiration to artists all over the world.

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Posters Inspired by the World Wide OCCUPY Movement

The OCCUPY movement has grown to World Wide proportions. Here are some inspiring design elements, compliments of occupytogether.org.

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Erykah Badu – Gone Baby, Don’t be Long (Video) (2010)

Directed by Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu's latest video from her latest album entitled New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh

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Questlove (by UltraDialect)

A beautiful artistic interpretation of Questlove from The Roots.

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“One for Gil” (A Gil Scott-Heron Tribute) – Mixed by DJ Center (w/ Alternate Artwork)

A magnificent ode to the great Gil Scott-Heron, mixed by New York Native, DJ Center.

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30 Album Covers from Lou Donaldson (Blue Note)

Here are 30 great album covers (mostly) from the Blue Note label by one of Jazz's greatest musicians.

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Rest in Peace, Gil Scott-Heron

Peace, brother.

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