Digable Planets - Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) is one such soldier.
The epitome of cool from back in 1994, the song's greatness lies as much in its arrangement as striding two musical genres. A merry mix of smooth jazz tones laced with hip-hop underground rhythms. As for that seminal double-bassline, (pause for musical genius!) t'was clearly a sound never before heard in a rap, let alone forming the backbone of its melody.
Enough talk. Lights out. Time now for the very awesome...
We be to rap what key be to lock (horns) pup pa raa... pup pa raa...
A word of praise going out for the video direction. A rap video as calm as this is indeed rare. Great control, soft lighting, slick effects... while the use of black & white adds that subtle touch of class to the musicality.
Warning: This song is hard to stop once it starts playing in your head.
Like a true soldier (immortal musical soldier), it marches on. Enjoy...!