Breakestra is an original funk "orchestra" from Los Angeles, California, formed by Miles Tackett in 1996. After releasing several EPs and two full-length albums of mostly covers and sample-filled breaks, Breakestra put out Hit the Floor in 2005, which included all-original recordings fusing elements of funk, soul and hip-hop.
Considered by many as one of the hardest working men in the fusion of TRUE SCHOOL HIP HOP and WEST AFRICAN HOME GROWN HIP - LIFE, M3NSA is poised to be London City’s premier indie-soul SINGER, EMCEE and PRODUCER. His music is a unique blend of beats from the genres of Gnarls Barkley, Foreign Exchange, J Dilla, Mos Def and Peven Everret; his lyrics possess refreshingly EFFORTLESS WITTICISM and ‘LAUGH OUT LOUD” quips that are ENTERTAINING and PROVOCATIVE; and he comes from a rich background that has informed his music and inspired his lyrics.
Bark is Norwegian born Terje Evensen, drummer and programmer, and New Zealand born (UK based) Angeline Conaghan vocals. The musical world of Bark is a world of electronic sounds, multiple layers of rhythms and atmospheres created from samples of machines, nature, people and transportation, among other sources. Grooving songs of simple bass lines, sweet and soaring melodies, .dark and sometimes politicised lyrics, and virtuoso programming. Pulsing urgent songs filled with subtle timings and phrases.
Terranova is used by two groups: one German, another from USA. 1. Terranova is a German band made up of current members Fetisch, Marco Meister and Kaos. They have previously went under the moniker Turntable Terranova on the Compost label and sometimes as Edition Terranova. Their music is a fusion of punk rock, electronic and trip hop. They currently reside in Berlin and perform DJ sets at the Berlin night club, Pogo Club.
“Chris Dave is probably the most dangerous drummer alive. He is totally reinventing just what you can do with drums.” – ?uestlove Chris Dave has been around the world and back playing for and recording with some of music’s most established and iconic artists including: Adele, Maxwell, D’Angelo, Beyoncé , Kenny Garrett, Terrence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Donald Brown, MF Doom, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Me’shell N’Degeocello, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Sonny Rollins...
Large Professor (a.k.a. Large Pro or The Extra P), is a new york based hip-hop record producer and rapper. He is best known as a member of the influential early-90s underground hip-hop group Main Source, and for discovering immensely popular rapper Nas. Large Professor produced much of Nas' first album, Illmatic, which is considered one of the most important albums in hip-hop history. He hails from the borough of Queens, specifically the neighborhood of Flushing.
The Living Legends crew is a family of independent hip-hop creators. From primary earth bases in Los Angeles and Oakland, the Legends extend worldwide and beyond. It all started with BFAP (now known as Sunspot Jonz) and Luckyiam.PSC, who laid claim to the name of Mystik Journeymen in the early 1990s. By '94 they were locally legendary for throwing Underground Survivors shows, houseparty style at their loft - 4001 San Leandro Boulevard in East Oakland. That's where The Grouch hooked up with the Journeymen in 1995, just before they took off on their renowned first European tour.
There are two artists known as Artifacts:
1. The Artifacts, a hip hop duo
2. Artifacts, a hardcore punk band 1.) The Artifacts were a throwback hip-hop duo from Newark, NJ. Their music reflected and emphasized three of the four elements of true hip-hop culture: MCing, DJing, and their specialty, graffiti writing or “bombing”; both Tame One and El Da Sensei are proficient at all three. With unique styles that play off each other well, Tame and El’s graff-rap was well received by underground audiences and continued in the Jersey rap tradition of Redman and Lords of the Underground.
The Flying Pickets is a British a cappella vocal group, that had a surprise number one hit in 1983 in the UK singles chart, with their cover of Yazoo's track Only You. The name 'Flying Pickets' refers to mobile strikers who travel in order to join a picket. The group of six was founded by Brian Hibbard in 1982 by a group of actors , the "7:84 Theatre group", a fringe theatre group who had sung a capella in their production of One Big Blow, based on the 1984 UK miners' strike.
Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, United States), better known by the stage name Mos Def and Yasiin Bey, is a rapper and actor. He began rapping in a group called Urban Thermo Dynamics in 1994, and then formed the duo Black Star with Talib Kweli in 1998. As a solo artist he has released the albums Black On Both Sides in 1999, The New Danger in 2004, TRUE MAGIC in 2006 and The Ecstatic in 2009.