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Five Hip-Hop Bands To Fuck With When You Ain’t Fuckin’ With No Rap Music…

I remember seeing James Brown and the JB’s live in NYC’s Central Park and thinking to myself that Hip-Hop was innovative for capturing some of the Godfather’s best rhythms and extending them into a song format, but there was nothing compared to the experience of listening to the man and his band play their music with the acknowledgment of the fact that Hip-Hop had sampled them. These dudes weren’t just playing their instruments. They were playing with my mind. Go now and download ‘The Grunt’ (parts 1 & 2) and come back to this drop. I’ll wait…

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Another band that blew my Hip-Hop mind was Parliament Funkadelic. Dr.Dre breathed so much life back into these dudes by sampling their catalog wholesale. The experience of watching them perform live will be greater than any rap show you will ever see. Once they hit the stage they go in hard for three to six hours straight. Musicians and singers come in and out of the mix. By the end of the show your shirt is drenched in sweat and your feet feel like you just ran a marathon. Even you niggas that don’t dance, but you pull up your pants and lean back will be grooving. DL this Funkadelic joint called ‘I Bet You’.

This is the shit that I open up when rap music has me bored to death, like right now. I figured I would pass along my favorites for those of you with enough courage to step outside of the box to expand your horizons. Some of you may already be fucking with these cats so instead of reading this drop all the way through you can go back to masturbating in your momma’s basement[ll], or whatever else you were doing with your right hand.

El Michaels Affair – I wish my connect(s) would hit the kid off with some more of these niggas shit. I heard some shit they did backing up the Wu Tang and I was like, “Okaaaaay!” * using Lil’ Jon voice*

Sa-Ra – These dudes are about to come up and then they slip back into the fray. Obviously being down with Ye’ Tudda doesn’t mean that a company will want to press up your shit. The problem with most Hip-Hop bands is that the people that own record companies want a box to put you in and without that specific box these companies will pass up on a good act. I think it’s the marketers that run these companies.

Gym Class Heroes – ‘Viva La White Girl’ was one of my favorite songs from last year and I am eagerly anticipating these dudes next album. They are part of the movement that uses MySpace and the internets social networks to fuel their popularity and boost their fanbase. I think Jay Smooth is right when he says that Hip-Hop artists need to adopt the Radohead distribution model. Gym Class Heroes is proof that your fanbase doesn’t need to convene at a record store any longer. It’s all going down on the internets.

Game Rebellion – I’ve been listening to these dudes for about five years now and I’m wondering when they are going to break into the larger sphere of Hip-Hop bands. They are a mix of Public Enemy’s lyricism and Rage Against The Machine’s musicianship. There is a movement of hardcore Black musicians called AfroPunk, which has been gaining steam for minute, and Game Rebellion is in the front of that pack, but I think that even the AfroPunk box isn’t big enough for G.R. The new box that record labels are looking to use is called Ghetto Metal. GTFOH! I don’t know what white sits in his office and thinks of this shit, but it is what it is. I say fuck a box, fuck a niche and fuck a record label. I just fucks with good music when I ain’t fucking with rap music.

Game Rebellion – Save Me

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