I love G Love!
They started off with Milk & Sugar
Admittedly, I'm not a big rap/hip-hop fan. To me it's all is all beat & rhythm, no melody & harmony.. GLove doesn't forget about the melody, and while vocal maestro, he can pull some good harmonies. He's been going more blues & folks lately.
I blame disco for killing soul music. Disco was a boon for bassists, but soul and R&B has never been the same since. There are some killer neo-soul bands out there now, Diplomats of Solid Sound
, The Budos Band
, The Bamboos
, Sugarman 3
and others can all tear it up.
That being said, for those who are into rap/hip-hop, check out one of the originators, The Last Poets
. Saw them awhile back at Schwab Auditorium. Militant, yes, but the epitome of music with a message.