How smooth jazz took over How the triplet flow took over 1 day ago   13:05

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You should give smooth jazz a chance.

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Smooth jazz has gotten a bad rap for decades. It’s often associated with background music for elevators or the soundtrack at the dentist office. Smooth jazz is less a genre of music than a highly researched radio format and, although it’s heyday was in the 1990s and it’s mostly associated with Kenny G, its origins go back the mid 1960s when a select few jazz musicians crossed over to pop music and had music purists riling. Artists like Grover Washington Jr. and George Benson took the style to new heights and created the sound that we all know and love….to hate.

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Previous headline: How smooth jazz took over the ‘90s

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kokowa
best vox video.
YourFunkLord
The 90s Was Really The Peak Of A Lot Of Music During That Decade.
Jazz, Rap, Hip-Hop, Adult Contemporary, Pop, TexMex Aka Tejano Music And Even Country ect.
MokTheMagicMan1
Another great vid, doll.
franklanguage
In the words of Richard Thompson: "I agree with Pat Metheny / Kenny's talents are quite teeny."
shangee tibodo
never mentionned payola once!
Tito
KNIK, Smooth Jazz 105.7 FM (later 87.7 FM), Anchorage- rest in peace.
Dorinda Thurman
SmoothJazz was the King. But when Grover Washington Jr passed in 1999, the genre was never the same
TroubleInNarnia
If your dad hadn't put on Kenny G, you wouldn't exist.
I blame Smooth Jazz for the amount of millennials we have today.
RL R
I puked a little with this video...ok, I puked a lot. Especially with that Gorelick annoying troll (more puke)
Devon Millar
Queens, NY native. CD 101.9 rest in peace. as integral in my childhood as my SNES or PS1.
gil neto
amazing channel!
djRlol
how could you left out Szabó Gábor from this great video
Darion Fox
Do a series on mindi abair Joyce cooling Lee ritenour Larry Carlton Dave koz jeff lorber brian Simpson Pamela williams Paula atherton boney James David sanborn so many more. I love smooth jazz my whole life I’ve loved it. Also pieces of a dream
WAE_KNO DA_
I still kinda prefer hard bop more
Josh Diaz
WQCD New York!
BPP 9
Thanks for doing this vid I like smooth jazz and you have let me understand the beginings of it
Systemhalodark
A ready-made pre-packaged merchandise duspensed from top to bottom, that catered to the yuppies, a category that exploded over the late 70s/80s.

It is the equivalent of glitzy tacky jewellery, a product of conspicuous consumption for this demographic, who wants to feel and show that they somewhat "made it" in a time when "America is back". A demographic of small business owners, low-mid level managers or qualified salarymen working in hip sectors like finance, media or tech.

When I listen to K-G style sax, I can clearly picture one of those suburban house interiors, with white and beige tones, thick carpet, low lamps with dimmed warm light, and a white plastic phone on a miniature white imigation marbletop table, and the big black hifi on a shelf.
The death of spirit.
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WE NEED MORE EARWORM
Russell Dixon
smooth jazz is jazz music for people scared of jazz
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How the triplet flow took over How smooth jazz took over 1 day ago   09:42

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The “Migos flow” deconstructed.

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In 2013, Migos made it to the Billboard Charts with "Versace." It was a viral hit and it put the spot light on a very unique rap flow - the triplet. The triplet, often now called the "Migos flow" happens when three syllables are rapped over one beat. It's now so popular that nearly every mainstream rap artists these days has used it, often to great effect. Kendrick rapped in triplets on one of the most dramatic moments of his latest album, Damn. and Chance the Rapper used triplets on the opening track of Coloring Book. This video is about where the triplet flow came from and how it's been a common tool for rappers since Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's debut albums in the '90s.

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Further reading
Complex: http://www.complex.com/music/2014/03/quavo-is-the-most-influential-rapper-of-2014

Genius: https://genius.com/Queenofcoplaints-is-it-the-migos-flow-tracing-the-use-of-triplet-flows-in-hip-hop-lyrics

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Martin: https://www.rapanalysis.com/

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