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.
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. hip hop instrumentals updated daily => http://www.beatzbylekz.ca
Frankie Beverly, singer, musician, songwriter, and producer, known primarily for his recordings with the soul and funk band, Maze. He is known for his casual clothing, including slacks, long-sleeved shirt, and a baseball cap. The group's hits, staples at many African American family reunions, include Joy and Pain, Before I Let Go, I Wanna Thank You and Happy Feelings.
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.
Erykah Badu (born Erica Abi Wright), singer-songwriter, record producer, and 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 and jazz. Her hits include On On, Tyrone, Otherside of the Game, Bag Lady, Window Seat, Honey, and Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop). She has won 4 Grammys and sold 7M+ albums.