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.

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  • http://www.iap-tv.com Harra$$DaDon

    Keep the music alive…..Real mc’s can spit to bands or whateva and its nuthin like that live feel! chuuurch!

  • Brett Klassen

    Check out the bands,

    Down With Webster & Flipsyde

  • http://www.dopemuzic.com B Eazy

    Dujeous Baby!!!


    My niggz fa life, keep doin what u do best!!!


    yall been gr!ndn 4 sum time now…..remain standn…

  • http://XXL Kaimuki

    These aren’t even close to the top 5. Flipsyde’s dope, then ya got the Mnppls’s Heiruspecs, Collective efforts, solilaquists of sound.

    • Malik

      5 OF THE best not THE TOP 5. Difference.

  • http://Myspace.com/Urbindy Lex Getit

    THE REAL LIVE SHOW is THE MOST AMAZING LIVE HIP HOP BAND IN THE LAND! AND DARU JONES played with them first! Peep game. MCs Dionysos and Stimulus. BEen killin’ it! Recognize!


  • http://www.myspace.com/willsessionsdetroit Picky G

    Don’t sleep on Will Sessions, the band that has worked with Detroit hip hop luminaries such as Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Phat Kat, Danny Brown, Monica Blaire, Mayer Hawthorne, Buff1, 14kt and Slum Village.
    They are all over the new Black Milk joint (which is slammin’).

  • Fly McSwag

    no love for jurassic 5? this list is some buuuullshit

  • northernfunkster

    5 words for all… Wu Tang El Michels Affair.

  • Ranta

    Tumi and the Volume from South Africa – no better, believe me

  • javi

    this article could’ve been so much better….