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 Applebum, Can I Kick It?, Scenario, Check the Rhime, Award Tour & Electric Relaxation are regarded as classics. They received a Billboard Special Achievement Award, a VH1 Hip-Hop Honor, & were ranked #4 on About.com's 25 Best Rap Groups of All…
EPMD (acronym for 'Erick and Parrish Making Dollars'), American hip-hop duo comprised of emcees Erick Sermon ("E" aka E Double) & Parrish J Smith ("PMD" aka Parish Mic Doc). One of the most prominent acts in East Coast hip-hop, they were known for using the word "business" in their album titles, as well as having a track "Jane" on each album. Their hits include You Gots to Chill, Head Banger, Gold Digger, Rampage, Crossover, So What Cha Sayin', Da Joint & Symphony 2000.
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…
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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."
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly album cover: an incendiary classic
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly photographed by Denis Rouvre. Lately i've been a big fan of Kendrick's latest album, "To Pimp a Butterfly". This album explores many culture related themes through the use of metaphors and language. The album also features notable Jazz artists, such as saxophonists Kamasi Washington and Terrace Martin, who bring a prominent jazz influence throughout the album.