De La Soul changed the game with 3 Feet High and Rising proving that hip-hop was more than just rapping about the streets, taking inspiration from pop, soul, disco, and even country music.
Listen to the artists that were buddies with the Grateful Dead during this era including Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, Earth Opera and more...
Described as “a biography” in its liner notes, Slave to the Rhythm spans a broad sonic range, incorporating elements of funk, r&b, and go-go.
Duke Ellington, The Crusaders, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joan Baez and more to whet your appetite before listening to Mitchell's seventh studio album.
Emphasising sparse jazz grooves and an improvisational approach, Do You Want More?!!!??! is perhaps the greatest display of jazz and hip hop combined.
This playlist both whets the appetite and gives musical context before listening to R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People. It features bands that inspired R.E.M....
Check out our playlist including Jean Carn, Minnie Ripperton, Double Trouble, Mountain, Biz Markie and more.
As the title suggests, this album successfully blends the boundaries between human and robot to the point where it's unclear quite exactly what Kraftwerk are. Check out this playlist of music that inspired the sound of 'The Man-Machine'