Grammy Award-winning pianist and producer Robert Glasper took to NPR to explain the intersection between hip-hop and jazz. In the short video, which is part of the series Jazz Night In America, Glasper uses the legendary hip-hop producers J Dilla and Pete Rock to illustrate the jazz roots of modern hip-hop and the technique behind jazz samples. He notes, “Jazz is the mother and father of hip-hop music. They’re both musics that were born out of oppression, they’re both kind of like protest music, you know, going against the grain. If you’re a hip-hop producer that wants a lot of melodic stuff happening, you’re probably going to go to jazz first.”Robert Glasper was a close collaborator with the late producer J Dilla, making him the perfect person to share his knowledge of how hip-hop borrows from jazz, specifically with Dilla and Pete Rock being used as exemplars for their frequent samples of melodic jazz. In the short video, he goes on to dissect Pete Rock’s use of four bars from “I Love Music” by Ahmad Jamal in Nas’ “The World Is Yours” and J Dilla’s use of Herbie Hancock’s “Come Running To Me” in Slum Village’s “Get Dis Money” and his use of Jamal’s “Swahililand” in De La Soul’s “Stakes Is High.”You can watch Robert Glasper break down these connections below in the fascinating video below.