Elvis Costello and The Roots: Wise Up Ghost

This is the thing about The Roots.  Aside from their track record as a rap group that has seen virtually no missteps since their debut album ‘Organix’ in 1993,  drummer/producer Questlove’s wealth of knowledge and reverence for music in general underpins it all.  Questlove himself has contributed a great deal more to music outside of The Roots’ discography in collaboration with a who’s who of talent both current and “old

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Psycadelphia 2- Floco Torres Sockin’ It To Ya

‘Psycadelphia 2,’ the latest from Macon, Georgia’s Floco Torres is an inspirational hip-hop record. Along the lines of The Roots’ ‘How I Got Over’ album, I interpret it as being about putting one foot in front of the other. Nowadays, albums like this one are welcome due to the fact that an increasing number of people are going through some undesirable situations. We all can use a “pick-me-up” every once

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The Stepkids–“Troubadour”

It’s no easy task putting The Stepkids into a category. There are elements of funk, jazz, old-school pop, and others that show up in their music. They’re quite a unique band, which I figure is a result of getting their start playing in other musician’s bands for a time before they went on to do their own thing (guitarist Jeff Gitelman used to play on tours with Alicia Keys.) I

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evitaN: Speed of Life

The Native Tongues has, and perhaps will always be, my favorite moment in the world of hip-hop music. For the younger readers, the Native Tongues consisted of: A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Black Sheep, Monie Love, and a host of other late 80s to early 90s groups and solo artists. They came along at a time when hip-hop was full of polar opposites. There

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