Widely used by discerning crate-diggers and hip-hop heads, the best Blue Note samples have become part of the cultural fabric.
Blue Note and hip-hop have become inextricably linked. The label has been sampled countless time and now signs artists that merge jazz and rap.
Hip-hop has always been politically charged, but with racial and social divisions becoming ever more fractured, conscious hip-hop is making a return.
Reflecting and commenting on the world around them, the most gifted and charismatic MCs have taken the politics of hip-hop into the mainstream.
A song doesn’t have to have a message in order to change society. Race relations, gender equality and identity politics have all been shaped by music.
In 1998, ‘Mos Def And Talib Kweli Are Black Star’ forged a new path in which culture and unity took precedence over hip-hop’s beefs and disses.
On the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr's death, Stevie Wonder and over 80 musicians, politicians and actors share their #DreamStillLives video.
Coltrane Culture, a one-day, multi-event festival celebrating the work of jazz titan John Coltrane, will take place in London on 17 February 2018.
From landmark releases by Jay Z, Common, Missy Elliot and Wu-Tang Clan, here's why 1997 will be remembered as the greatest year in hip-hop history.
The Robert Glasper Experiment's new album ArtScience will be out on Blue Note on 16 September. Listen to the first single 'Find You' here.
J Dilla's death, on 10 February 2006, robbed the world of a talent it was only just beginning to comprehend. We pick some of his landmark productions.
Common released 'Be' in 2005, returning to "conscious hip-hop" for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record with both Kanye West and J Dilla as producers.
A new batch of 180 gram, heavyweight vinyl editions of classic hip-hop albums is out now as part of Universal’s Back To Black reissue series.
With the coming of the new millennium it was obvious that hip-hop had come a long way and now became a commercial powerhouse in mainstream culture.