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Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality
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Studio album by Guru

Released

July 18, 1995

Recorded

May 1994 - March 1995

Studio

D&D Studios, Platinum Island Studios, Unique Studios, and The Hit Factory
(New York City)
Firehouse Studios
(Brooklyn, New York)

Genre

jazz rap, East Coast hip hop, Hip hop

Length

73:09

Label

Chrysalis

Producer

Guru, DJ Premier, Carlos Bess, Mark Sparks, True Master, Nikke Nicole, The Solsonics

Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality is the second studio album from American Rapper and Gang Starr member Guru. released in July 18, 1995 via the Chrysalis imprint. The production on the album was handled by Guru, DJ Premier, Nikke Nikole, Mark Sparks, True Master, The Solsonics and Carlos Bess. Guests featured on this release include Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Ramsey Lewis, Kool Keith, Patra, Big Shug, Bahamadia, Jamiroquai, Chaka Khan, Baybe, Meshell Ndegeocello, Ini Kamoze, Shara Nelson, Sweet Sable, Gus Da Vigilante (of Stikken Moov) and Bu (of Forbidden Fruit). Other musicians reprising their roles from the previous release include Branford Marsalis, Courtney Pine and Ronny Jordan. This is the second release to the Jazzmatazz series slightly toned down the jazz rap punch that made the first volume memorable. It was nevertheless critically acclaimed in its own right.

According to Billboard music charts, this album slightly outperformed its predecessor, it peaked at #16 and #73 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Billboard 200 albums charts respectively. The single "Watch What You Say" (feat. Chaka Khan) peaked at #13 and #93 on the Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts respectively.

The album spawned the singles and music videos for "Lifesaver", "Watch What You Say" and "Feel the Music".

Track listing Edit

  1. "Intro (Light It Up) Jazzlude I" - 1:44
  2. "Lifesaver" (feat. Baybe) - 4:13
  3. "Living in This World (feat. Sweet Sable) - 4:29
  4. "Looking Through Darkness" - 4:48
  5. "Skit A (Interview)/Watch What You Say" (feat. Chaka Khan) - 5:00
  6. "Jazzalude II: Defining Purpose" - 1:02
  7. "For You" (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello) - 4:10
  8. "Insert A (Mental Relaxation)/Medicine" (feat. Ini Kamoze and True Master) - 4:19
  9. "Lost Souls" (feat. Jamiroquai) - 4:12
  10. "Insert B (The Real Deal)/Nobody Knows" (feat. Shara Nelson) - 3:58
  11. "Jazzalude III: Hip-Hop As A Way of Life" - 1:17
  12. "Respect the Architect" (feat. Bahamadia and Ramsey Lewis) - 4:51
  13. "Feel the Music" - 3:57
  14. "Young Ladies" (feat. Patra, Kool Keith and Big Shug) - 4:12
  15. "The Traveler" - 4:01
  16. "Jazzalude IV: Maintaining Focus" - 1:18
  17. "Count Your Blessings" - 4:02
  18. "Choice of Weapons" (feat. Gus Da Vigilante (of Stikken Moov) - 4:24
  19. "Something in the Past" - 3:19
  20. "Skit B (A Lot on My Mind)/Revelation" (feat. Bu (of Forbidden Fruit) - 4:35

Samples Edit

Lifesaver

  • "Outside Love" by Brethren
  • "Django" by Cal Tjader

Living in This World

  • "Star Steppin'" by Peaches & Herb

Looking Through Darkness

  • "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Otis Redding
  • "Slippin' Into Darkness" by War

Watch What You Say

  • "The Midnight Sun Will Never Set" by Quincy Jones

For You

  • "Knocking 'Round the Zoo (1971 Version)" by James Taylor and the Flying Machine
  • "Medley: Brown Baby / Save the Children" by Diana Ross

Medicine

  • "We've Only Just Begun" by Grant Green
  • "Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)" by Nas

Nobody Knows

  • "You Are My Starship" by Norman Connors

Respect the Architect

  • "The Gym Fight" by The Blackbyrds
  • "Nobody Beats the Biz" by Biz Markie

Feel the Music

  • "Sneakin' in the Back" by Tom Scott and The L.A. Express
  • "Revival" by Martine Girault

The Traveler

  • "The Pan Piper" by Miles Davis

Count Your Blessings

  • "Your Love" by Skool Boyz

Choice of Weapons

  • "It's a New Day" by Skull Snaps

Something in the Past

  • "You're a Customer" by EPMD
  • "What You Won't Do for Love" by Bobby Caldwell

Revelation

  • "One Man Band (Plays All Alone)" by Monk Higgins
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