5 of the Best Bands in Hip-Hop, Not Including the Roots

1. 1500 OR NOTHIN’

The Los Angeles-based, quartet of former church musicians Kenneth “Bam” Alexander (drums), Brody Brown (guitar), Charles “Uncle Chucc” Hamilton (bass, guitar), Larrance Dopson (piano, drums), and Lamar “Mars” Edwards (organ, piano) extends beyond this core into the entire 1500 family of other associated musicians, rappers, singers and songwriters. They’re most noted in hip-hop for providing the keys and drums for Jay-Z’s “Show Me What You Got, producing Game’s “Dope Boys” and the playing keys on Kanye West’s “Stronger.”

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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….