James is recognized as one of the progenitors of smooth jazz. His music has also had a profound effect on the history of hip hop music, having been sampled time and time again his dark and eerie tracks like Nautilus helped inspire an entire genre of dark driving hiphop in the late 80’s and early 90’s. We included some of the best tracks (sampling Nautilus) below.
Bob James – Nautilus
Jeru the Damaja – My mind spray
Soul II Soul – Jazzie’s Groove
Big L – Let em have it L