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

  • http://pitlanta.blogspot.com Maurice Garland

    I fux with that Game Rebellion, they’re dope. I see your Sa-Ra and raise you a Plantlife…I got put on to them first and thought that Sa-Ra was biting them, but I’ve learned otherwise, just two equally dope entities, so peep that Plantlife if you get a chance. Oh yeah, peep this jazz band named the Jaspects when you get a chance too, they are a group of young cats out of Atlanta, reminds you that brothas besides the Roots still play instruments. Good post.

  • JAYSTONE

    Nice post.This is better than your drunken posts.looks who get his swagger back.

  • smog

    what there is other music besides rap music, when did this happen? o wait i remember, music other then rap music=music that has not been made into rap music yet

  • http://www.myspace.com/gamerebellion TheTruth

    “Searching for Rick Rubin” by Game Rebellion, the group flips Rick’s Rock/Rap Catalog
    Mixtape Out Now!!!

    Pure Fire!!!!

  • Doobie

    Damn I feel you on the JB’s and P-Funk, I listen to P-Funk at least three or four times a week. On a side note, I wish that more people in the hip-hop audience would actually listen to music that came out more than two weeks ago. For a while, it seemed like most people that I knew had a strong aversion to music that wasn’t just released (unless it was one of the “acceptable” “classics”, and even then people would say, “man, you listenin’ to that old ass shit), but with all the breathtakingly bad crap that’s been coming out lately, that does seem to be starting to change a bit. I know that most people just listen to whatever their peers are listening to, so age and social circle are probably the biggest factor in people’s listening “choices”, but seeking out and digging into other areas of music has paid off immensely for me, so I always try to encourage other people to do the same. I was just talking to a friend about what in the world happened to all the black bands, so I’m glad to see these new cats doing their thing. I’ll have to jump on YouTube when I get home and look for some of that Gym Class Heroes stuff.

    “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.”

    Amen to that!

  • Ryan

    Check out Candiria, good band that was mixing hip hop, jazz and hardcore for a while. Bands like Biohazard (who did the Slam remix with Onyx) and Madball have been incorperating hip hop into their music for a long time now. Maybe not straight up hip hop “Bands” but they’re good, I can’t fuck with Gym Class Heroes, too many girl pants dudes fuck with it.

  • Fire

    Finally someone mentions James Brown and Parliament, two bands I liked way before I got seriously into rap music. They are so vital to the rap game and it’s about time they get mentioned. Mothership Connection is a pure classic, as is 90% of James Brown’s career material. Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain is the shit too. Good job giving them some shine.

    Oh, Doobie’s comment is exactly right. People should keep a varied musical interest, varied interests period for that matter. It helps out in the long run and the short term.

  • NYs best

    You need to check these cats DUJEOUS. They’re the illest hip-hop band to come out recently. Some of their members also play in El Michels Affair, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Budos Band, and with Mark Ronson, Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse. Their my favorite group in NYC right now.

  • http://stuntingonprose.com j. burnett

    hit me on the email for that el michels affair fam…crrrrazzzy. we can swap it out [II].

  • dolo

    Nice post bxs .. Big ups to game rebellion who can rock a show. Glad to see a drop on them on xxlmag. I think jbs and p funk represent the forefront but you should also big up the lesser known bands who rocked as well . Then again we dealin with ringtone groupies and lil wayne stans so you have to crawl before you walk. Have you heard of fuzzband out of va. .they pretty dope too
    Peace

  • boner jams 03

    my nigga billy x.,

    you dont fuck with tv on the radio?

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ^ I do fucks with TV On The Radio, but I don’t consider them to be a Hip-Hop band.

    (see headline for this drop)

    Dujeous is on my radar too.

  • Jules

    Gym Class Heroes are overrated as hell. I appreciate their use of the internet to distribute their music, I just don’t think they warrant the love they get. I was Travis would just forget about them and bum around with Cobra Starship more.

  • JYNX MILLIONAIRE

    GAME REBELLION IS BRINGING SOME UNIQUE AND HOT SHYT TO THE GAME….I BANG WITH THEM HARD..BEEN FUCKING WITH THEM FOR A WHILE..THE MOVEMENT IS DEFINITELY GROWING…SHOUT OUT TO MY MAN JOHN…SEE U DOING BIG THINGS WITH GAME REBELLION AND I ROCKS WITH THAT NOTORIOUS B.I.G JOINT “BLUE EYES MEETS BEDSTUY” YOU CREATED A CLASSIC MIXTAPE FAM

  • boner jams 03

    Have you heard of fuzzband out of va. .they pretty dope too

    u mean fuzzbubble…thats the rock band the neptunes are pushin…cant really get into em…they seem 2 gimmicky…u need to check out cold war kids, citizen cope, keane, rock kills kid and a few other “real” rock acts…

  • JAYSTONE

    What about the roots.they are the shit when it come to live band or live stage performance

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ^ If I even have to mention the Roots (after doing so last week or whenever their concert was in NYC) then you should just kill yourself.

    Roots crew are the first Hip-Hop band that should even come to your mind. Automatic.

  • FAIR

    Nice look man…Gym class heroes are a whole nother league though man people only hearing the singles and such get papercut chronicles and you will realize they are DEEP aints not just about white girls and taking ur clothes off with them they’re is some serious music in there…btw i like your comment on the roots i agree they shouldn’t even have to be mentioned…and for the haters all i ahve to say is catch them live it will change your life musically greatest show ive ever seen

  • Cello

    You know I was going to say fuck you and your out the box shit; I liked my box until I heard this. I am black and its R&B if not Rap for me. Then I listened to this Game Rebellion and I am an instant fan. I can really see myself rockin out to this. My problem with Rock was not being able to relate but I feel this one for sure. Thank you.

  • LOL

    “Bands” arent hiphop.

    Hiphop is electronic music.
    Billy u such a white boy.

    stop tryin so hard.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Your boy Corey Glover from Living Colour used to have a pretty dope band. Is he still doing shows in NY? He had some tight shit on LaFace that never came out (nolo).

  • jg420

    the best song by parlaiment is promenthal-shit-backwash-phsycosis-enema-squad. if you can find it blaze up and jam that shit. check out this band called soulive. they are a hip hop fusion type group that jam, they even get down with black thought on some shit. its mostly instrumental, but they kick the flow over it also

  • SPEC

    Good to hear you say Dujeous, Mr. Sunday. I’m a big fan os their stuf. Actually I first heard about them through Jay Smooth’s Underground Railroad radio show. They just rocked a show last night (Halloween) in Brooklyn with Tanya Morgan and Immortal Technique protege Akir. They tore it the hell up. Keep letting people know about the unknown. You got the power homie.

  • Chuck

    These guys are going to head this list next year, After The Smoke. Go check em out, http://www.myspace.com/afterthesmoke

  • http://www.illdoctrine.com Jay Smooth

    I also like Tiombe Lockhart, on the weird Prince-y funk/rock tip:
    http://www.myspace.com/tiombelockhart

    >”“Bands” arent hiphop.
    >Hiphop is electronic music.”

    Somewhere Doug Wimbish is laughing right now..

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Doug Wimbish has forgotten more Hip-Hop than LOL will ever learn.

    Caught Tiombe Lockhart doing a solo set at BAM Cafe and I don’t think it was her best set. I need to see her again.

    When I first saw J Davey I didn’t feel them but when I saw them with the Roots I got into them.

    There is nothing like the live music experience.

    LOL,
    you are the monkey that plays with his own poop and sleeps in his own urine.

  • T.R.E.Y.

    Gym Class Heroes are just lame. like dudes tryin’ to be funny, that just aren’t capable of it.

  • Nicky J

    You need to check out Mambo Sauce. They are a group from DC, a little bit of go-go, a little bit of of AfroPunk, a whole lot of good music. They got a myspace page where you can hear a lot of their stuff but they might blow up pretty soon they make some enjoyable music worth taking a look at. They got a joint called Miracles that I think is even on iTunes now and their newest release “Welcome to DC” is all over the radios here.

  • http://myspace.com/drunkmonkey1906 Drunkmonkey

    I feel you on just listening to good music. Watch out for the next Myspace artist to blow up.

    http://www.myspace.com.jerseyfame

    This guy has lyrics for days, great production, and doesnt need to kill everyone on a track.

  • ROX ONE

    Dujeous is on my radar too.

    Yup. Those cats are dope, ridiculous live and have been holding NYC down 10+ years.

  • http://www.wyldebunch.com Dj.Underdog

    Props on this post good sir. I gotta say though, if your talking about hip-hop bands, I know of a band been doing this thing for 11 years, in the same vein as Gym Class, well before Gym Class hit the mainstream. They’re called the Wylde Bunch. Used to be signed to Sony, might remember them from Madden i think 04. They still around though, and seem to be getting a good push for a new album coming out. everybody who really likes hip-hop bands should check them out on their page. http://www.wyldebunch.com

  • dolo

    Word big ups to dujeous . I figured heads would be up on em .. And no I didn’t mean fuzzbubble I meant fuzzband ..

    LoL
    The first hiphop records were played by bands . You ever hear of duke bootee? Rappers delight was played by a band ..

    BXS what about stet

  • CLARK

    Billy, are you down with Handsome Boy Modeling School?

  • CLARK

    Billy, are you down with Handsome Boy Modeling School?

  • NYLON

    I wasn’t a real fan of the rap rock genre either until i caught a Game Rebellion show. It was the best experience i ever had at a show. Black folk being totally free, that moshing shit used to look crazy to me but when your in it with people that are just in a spot to enjoy themselves and the music its amazing. you have to go see these cats live to get it. their whole mixtape is up at http://www.gamerebellion.imeem.com shit is fire but you dont get the same energy you do on record as you do at a show. What the hell its just great to see some diversity in our music. peace

  • emi equality

    Searching for rick rubin out now!!!! Check for us on myspace as well as imeem under game rebellion. The best shit out period!!!!!

  • Jigga

    i’m glad to finally see these artists get some light shined on them.they r hip hop. i beenn fuckin wit gym class heroes for about 2yr.i first hear that cupid’s chokehold in my math class kuz this girl gave me her ipod to listen to and travis can flow

  • j

    billy if you appreciate musicianship check out candiria. they might be a little too heavy and have too much screaming for you tho. also check out orange 9mm, e town concrete, and downset.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kaosraptus Kaos Blac

    If you like G.A.M.E. Rebellion I suggest checking out The Five One from VA. They’re doing it big time and are in a MTV2 contest to play in times sq, also Ill the eagle, POS, Jen Milita from canada. Shit is just poping all over the place. I agree with you I hate the “every one has a place, and each one in his place” shit its wider than that. It’s more than G.A.M.E. Rebellion and afro-punk. It a whole sub-culture of black folk that just wasn’t in the forefront. Now that there are your Gym Class heros and the internet people want to find out more about these folks. But i fear that with exploration comes exotification and then commodification to the point it becomes like hip-hop, and all its musical forebears, another black musical convention cheapened to the point that it loses it validity.

  • http://myspace.com/NameBrand247 Mr. Omar

    Gym Class Heroes are in heavy rotation in my crib…lovin’ it

  • Ghost Deini

    Gym Class Heroes??? Come on, Par.

  • http://www.billylikescock.com Billy is gay

    BILLY YOU ARE A FLAMING HOMO …EVERY POST U PUT UP SUCKS ASS

  • Ryan

    Yo J, I love Candiria. Orange 9mm is the shit as well. I like a little E Town too. I know this is a little bit further away from hip hop but stuff like Burn and Charge is great as far as groove oriented hardcore is concerned, a little more rasta/Bad Brains esque.

  • 1ne

    the gym class heroes song ft. lil wayne was nice

  • Mo Zam Beek

    Glad you haven’t been posting in a while. You’re a dumb fuck.

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com/ DJ Daddy Mack

    i like gym class heroes. some nice ish. *goes to bump some gym class heroes* “we have to take our clothes off. we have to party all nite. we have to take our clothes off to have a good time.”

  • Worley

    Sunday where ya at?

  • yaboy

    Where the fuck this guy go?

  • richie rich

    billy sunday went on a honeymoon with rafi .

  • Combat Jack

    Dun, fuck you at man?

  • e

    yo Sunday, wake the fuck up nicca!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    This dude got canned, lol.

    OR

    Someone finally caught his ass on the street and left him there, lmao, talkin all that shit.

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