DJ Premier, (of Guru Gangstarr fame); your preeminence, you obviously didn't understand that this is supposed to be Kings of Hip Hop, and not Soul. So your selections need explaining in the liner notes or sumthin'. They are more typical of seventies soul. "Did he pick the faves of the elders around him as he grew up?" I ask. On the other hand, I am glad to have some fresh digital copies of what he chose. On the website, I got some insight. He, "the established king," will mix what shaped Hip-Hop. I would counter by asking "who are the Rappers that shaped Hip-Hop?" You picked Jazz artists, dude! The assignment may well be like whatever happened to Special Ed - now I think I know.
In my opinion, Hip-Hop was born from James Brown-type soul that we used to hear on Boston's WILD AM, or New York City's WWRL AM. The technology of sampling enabled the new genre to be less original when it came to composing, and surprisingly that did not hurt it. If Disco shaped Dance/House of today, then my algebraic equation reads Soul=Rap=Hip-Hop.
BBE's mission statement is 'real music for real people' and while that is not exactly original, they seem to be staying true the game. It is amusing that BBE also stands for "barely breaking even" - gee, I wish I'd have thought of that!