5 of the Best Bands in Hip-Hop, Not Including the Roots
Well before samplers and synthesizers became a part of hip-hop’s fundamental equation, most hip-hop artists recorded their music with live bands in the studio. In the early 1980's, for example, Brooklyn-based hip-hop group Stetasonic popularized the use of live bands in hip-hops. And, thankfully, the art form has been kept alive throughout the years thanks to artists like The Roots, Common, DJ Quik, OutKast, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Q-Tip. With today’s release of Wake Up!, the collaborative LP from platinum soul singer John Legend and hip-hop’s greatest band The Roots, it only makes sense that XXLMag.com celebrate the bands and artists that are maintaining the oftentimes forgotten art of live instrumentation. Here are five of our favorites.