WHEW LAWD! Now if I could bring back any defunct group from the ether, it’d have to be New Kingdom.
“I guess we got our own life to live, or is it because we want our own kingdom to rule?”
De La Soul came with one of hip-hop’s most unique and revered debut albums ever, and then followed it up with a scathing, demented, scowl of an album which rebuked their fairweather fans and upended everyone’s ideas of them, so where did it leave them for album #3?
So before the storied and lengthy career and massive critical acclaim, before Black Thought was proving he was the GOAT, before ?uestlove was the keeper of the culture and the beats, and before they were Jimmy Fallon‘s house band, The Roots was a unique rap act coming out of Philly, and in the early ’90s right when East Coast hip-hop was taking on a jazz-influenced style, The Roots went all the way in, employing live instruments like horns and pianos.