@questlove @blackthought @JohnLegend The Roots : Colorlines has called them “one of the most prolific and politically astute musical acts of any genre.” To me, their innovative stylings typify the type of creativity that fosters hip hop as a global force.
The marriage of Questlove’s percussive genius and Black Thought’s bleeding pipes takes listeners to a new level. Forget “dumbing it down” for the masses, The Roots fuels critical thought complete with jazzy riffs and an open minded lyricism that grants listeners a passport into the unknown.
When I interviewed John Legend in South Africa a few years ago for RAPtivism, he spoke to me about their collaborative album project “Wake Up!” which covers protest music from the 60s & 70s touching on topics such as war, poverty and collective consciousness. Check out one of my favorite songs from the album : “Hardtimes”
For more on The Roots, visit their website http://theroots.com/
This applies to #music #hiphop :)