Music Education

Herbie Hancock – RockIt

« RockIt » is a composition recorded by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, released as a single from his 1983 album Future Shock.

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« Rockit, » released in 1984, was a major crossover hit and was even accompanied by a memorable and aptly futuristic music video. While the song upset his jazz purist fans, it created a fresh new sound thanks to the production of bassist Bill Laswell – known for creating “collision music” – and the turntable work of Grand Mixer DXT.

Herbie Hancock - RockIt

The track was driven by its deejay scratch style, performed primarily by DXT, and its music video created by Godley & Creme, which was put in high rotation on MTV.

« Rockit » won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1983, and it won five MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.

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