At the beginning of the movement, Hip Hop music served as a voice for the urban youth, the oppressed, it was a tool used to raise awareness to inner city turmoil. While that version of Hip Hop is no longer as pervasive as it once was, it still exists.
Vell Mullens and Rich Harris met up and started jamming on Chicago's South Side in 1989.Inspired by rock and grunge of the era, the two formed The Moses Gun in 1995 - a rock group with heavy guitars, thick bass lines and poignant lyrics.
Chicago's experimental psych-garage band Disappears have announced the release of their third full-length Pre-Language. The new record will feature drums by their new member Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth.
California-based indie Hip Hop artist K.Flay writes pensive music that's both self-reflective and dynamic. Her latest Mixtape is called I Stopped Caring in '96 and is available for free download on her site.