Miles Davis, Doo-Bop (1992)
While not the first Miles Davis album I ever heard (that honour goes to Tutu) it is the first Miles album I bought on vinyl. And it is the first I really connected with; loved it in fact, in spite of – and because of – the often naff rapping. There’s only so many times you can put up with producer Easy Mo Bee reminding you that Miles Davis is going to “blow” and “get busy” when he was in fact dead and Mo Bee was being very Easy in this posthumous appreciation. The album was – along with Quincy Jones’ Back On The Block – a gateway to hip-hop. Not only that it was a gateway to more of Miles and it even got my parents listening/accepting some hip-hop. Which meant I could play my other gateway hip-hop (The Beastie Boys) and get them nodding along; or at the least not turning it off. I listened to Doo-Bop the other night for the first time in a while, it’s naff but it’s nice. It works. Still. It was so cool at the time and it’s still pretty cool now. I still like that opening track…and the fact that it’s reprised to close the album off; closing off Miles’ career. Some people were probably insulted that this was the final thing he left behind; built up in places from, er, scratch. But I reckon it’s a fitting end. Miles would have dug it and if you didn’t he would have told you to stop being a broke-ass dumb muthafucka.
Sample Track: Mystery
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