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Old 03-18-2009, 09:05 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I've seen alot of good hip hop bands. Many of them just back-up groups for headlining artists but with the talent to be their own entity. I was always disheartened that an equalizing style like go-go never really took off as an artform the way hip hop did. I think the rapper's ego never allowed for the musicians to become equals. Likewise, the industry turned it's back on musicians preferring to treat us like slaves rather than commodity.

Saw a few really good examples of legit hip hop bands years ago with some unique spins on the style: all-female band, A band called Flack which was a funky group of black and filipino rappers and musicians. They rocked. Another band mixed go-go/reggae/rapping/toasting but with real songs rather than just some grooves.
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:09 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I've seen alot of good hip hop bands. Many of them just back-up groups for headlining artists but with the talent to be their own entity. I was always disheartened that an equalizing style like go-go never really took off as an artform the way hip hop did. I think the rapper's ego never allowed for the musicians to become equals. Likewise, the industry turned it's back on musicians preferring to treat us like slaves rather than commodity.

Saw a few really good examples of legit hip hop bands years ago with some unique spins on the style: all-female band, A band called Flack which was a funky group of black and filipino rappers and musicians. They rocked. Another band mixed go-go/reggae/rapping/toasting but with real songs rather than just some grooves.
I would really like to hear this group Flack you wouldn't happen to have any of their albums would you?
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Old 03-18-2009, 06:54 PM   #23 (permalink)
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That does indeed sound awesome. I would like to hear it as well, please
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:16 PM   #24 (permalink)
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The Roots... they're playing with Jimmy Fallon now right?
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:47 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I would really like to hear this group Flack you wouldn't happen to have any of their albums would you?
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That does indeed sound awesome. I would like to hear it as well, please
I wish I knew what happened to them. All I knew is they were from around the Richmond, Va. area and I'm talking back in the early 90s. As far as I knew they never released anything but I'd like to believe they did and maybe changed their name. I've searched the web for them for years now. I saw them live and the image is still burned in my mind of this mix of black and asian musicians onstage funking out and making it sound real. I know someone has to have a tape of a community center performance they did for a Unity Day celebration. I have to track them down. Stay tuned.
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:15 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Check these guys out.. Not bad. They combine hip hop, spoken word, female vocals, and hardcore grooves with elements of jazz, funk, blues,rock, soul,acoustic,etc..
myspace.com/thebreakdownband
Saw them here in toronto- lots of energy...
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Old 03-28-2009, 06:17 PM   #27 (permalink)
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The best live Rap shows I have seen have to be The Roots & Common. I saw them both at The Commodore in Vancouver. Great venue for live acts.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:47 PM   #28 (permalink)
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The only live rap show ive ever seen is the Roots. And let me tell you, they blew my mind.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:50 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I saw Gym Class Heroes, they put on a pretty good show. It's basic, but they're good.
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I've always thought this was a great concept and i would love to see more of it these days. I mean it adds a whole new element to the genre.
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