The Roots.

I don't listen to hip-hop like I used to when I was younger but, it doesn't mean I don't retain the loves for solid beats and good grooves.

Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Slum Village - conscious artists like that will always hold my attention.

However, it's all about The Roots my babies-

"You Got Me" (sans Jill Scott)

Though an earlier iteration, I don't believe there's ever been a more formidable rap duo since Eric B. and Rakim than Black Thought and Malik B.

Fortunately, I've seen them early and later in their evolution (last year's Coachella, before the RATM reunion).

Don't stop making music - ever.