In the past decade, positive, old-school hip-hop collectives have bridged the gap between rap devotees and newcomers, and The Roots have reigned supreme in that effort thanks to hot albums, collabs with Cody Chestnutt and Jay-Z and a richer, full-band sound. But in concert, The Roots can lose their hip-hop bite, sometimes even stretching into jam territory with squealing guitar solos. No thanks, man. Gimme Blackalicious. The 13-year-old Cali rap group doesn't have a band, but their straight-up attack on blinged-out rap is supplemented in their upcoming full-length The Craft with mega-catchy, genre-bending tracks like "Lotus Flower" and "Hey Ya"-killer "Powers," which MCs Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel will surely debut while stunning the crowd with breathless, witty rhymes.
Recommended For You
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!