Philadelphia-based producer Small Professor recently reached out to us with the kind offer to collaboratively release Hancock, a joint project by him and fellow Philly beatmaker Arcka. It’s a tribute to jazz legend Herbie Hancock from a hip hop perspective.
Small Professor: “Hancock was originally conceived by myself in 2009, a project inspired by rapper/producer Blueprint’s Blueprint Vs. Funkadelic album from 2008. Intended at first to be a solo offering, fellow Philly producer Y?Arcka (a.k.a. Arcka this time around) was asked to come on board. The idea was to showcase the contrasting styles between us; I’ve often joked about how I will use samples from 5 songs to make one beat, and Y? will sample 1 song and make 5 beats. Herbie Hancock’s vast discography was perfect for this exhibition, spanning many different style of music over the course of his career and already being a go-to source for samples for years. Personally, I’m partial to Arcka’s ‘side’ of this release, but there’s a little something for every beat lover on this short but sweet piece of instrumental hip hop pie.”
Track 1-4: Small Professor
Track 5-8: Arcka