Producers Small Professor and Arcka collaborated on the aptly titled Herbie Hancock tribute, Hancock. The legendary pianist, whose career spans from Coleman Hawkins to Miles Davis, has never been shy of integrating hip hop into his music. Just think of “Rockit” and Snoop Dogg’s recent cameo for Hancock’s Kennedy Center Honors.

Herbie Hancock Tribute By Small Professor and Arcka

After numerous hints of threatening to team up, Small Professor and Arcka produced an eight track assortment. Hancock covers the basics of the legendary pianist’s catalog and also serves as a master class in sampling. The project dropped via The Find Magazine and came with a note from 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 (aka 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…enjoy.
– Small Professor

Peep the tracks below to stream Hancock. You can purchase the project via Bandcamp. Stay tuned for more.

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