A Tribe Called Quest, hip-hop group composed of MC/producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg, and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A member of the Native Tongues Posse, the group is regarded as an iconic pioneer of alternative hip hop music. Their hits Bonita Appleb
Erykah Badu (born Erica Abi Wright), American singer-songwriter, record producer, & actress. Called the First Lady of Neo-Soul or the Queen of Neo-Soul, she is known for her role in the rise of neo soul music. Her voice has been compared to that of jazz great Billie Holiday, and her music uses elements from R&B, hip-hop & jazz. Her hits include On & On, Tyrone, Otherside of the Game, Bag Lady, Window Seat, Honey, & Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop). She has won 4 Grammys and sold 7M…
Lords of the Underground, aka L.O.T.U.G., hip-hop trio comprised of MCs Mr. Funke & DoItAll Dupré, and DJ Lord Jazz. Having met as students at the HBCU Shaw University, the group matched socially conscious raps with hard-hitting beats. Their hits include Chief Rocka, Here Come the Lords, Psycho, Funky Child, & Tic Toc. They won a BET award as best rap group of the year, and are best remembered in connection with the golden age of hip hop.
The Roots, American hip-hop band. Their work has been repeatedly met with critical acclaim, and they are best known for hits You Got Me, What They Do, Proceed, Adrenaline!, The Seed 2.0, & Wake Up, Everybody. They currently perform as the house band on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They have won 4 Grammys & 3 NAACP awards. About.com ranked them #7 on its list of the 25 Best Rap Groups of All-Time, describing them as "Hip-hop's 1st legitimate band."