Seven Hip Hop acts that would make great reunions

In Hip Hop by Alasdair Kennedy

Seven Hip Hop acts that would make great reunions

Following a couple of years relatively outside of his limelight in the hip hop scene, 50 Cent made a comeback this year, and brought back his G-Unit boys.  They announced a new album forthcoming and dropped new material. Most of Three 6 Mafia meanwhile reformed last year as Da Mafria 6ix and Talib Kweli and Mos Def have reformed Black Star. What other hip hop acts could or should reunite? Here are some likely and unlikely reunions we’d like to see.

N.W.A

Fathers of gangsta rap, N.W.A, disbanded in 1991. Inidividual members Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella all pursued solo careers afterwards. A biopic of the group’s rise to success will be coming out next year.

Likeliness of a reunion: Possible – Eazy-E died in 1995 but a reunion of the existing members has been hinted in an interview with Ice Cube.

A Tribe Called Quest

New York legends A Tribe Called Quest, broke up in 1998, believed to be the result of a rocky relationship with their record label. They have reunited briefly on a handful of occasions since 2006 to play gigs together, the last being in 2013 accompanying Kanye on his Yeezus tour.

Likeliness of reunion: Unlikely – Q-Tip announced on Twitter that the group would be playing their last live gigs together in 2013.

Organised Konfusion

Organised Konfusion were a nineties duo consisting of Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po, known for their rich beats and impressive lyricism. The duo split to pursue solo careers in 1997.

Likeliness of reunion: Possible – When asked in a recent interview, Pharoahe Monch, replied: ‘Six words. who knows what the future holds?’

Digable Planets

This dope jazz rap group had a shortlived but successful career in the nineties splitting in 1995 due to creative differences.

Likeliness of reunion: Unlikely – Subsequent reunions since the split have taken place, although without Ladybug Mecca. In 2012 when asked about the current status of the group, Ishmael Butler replied ‘I think it’s the end’.

Hot Boys

The iconic New Orleans group which consisted of Lil Wayne, Juvenile, B.G. and Turk have been on hiatus for a few years after a brief reformation in 2007.

Likeliness of a reunion: Possible but unlikely due to BG being in jail. However the Hot Boys producer Mannie Fresh has hinted that ‘its doable. That’s all I can say.’

The Fugees

Iconic Hip hop group trio The Fugees enjoyed commercial success with The Score in 1996, following their previous, more gritty album ‘Blunted On Reality’ but despite a few songs being dropped scarcely over the past few years have not show much promise of any albums.

Likeliness of reunion: Unlikely – Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel have been pretty forthright about their opinions on Ms Lauryn Hill, with Jean stating back in 2007 ‘Before I work with Lauryn Hill again, you will have a better chance of seeing Osama Bin Laden and Bush in Starbucks having a latte, discussing foreign policies, before there will be a Fugees reunion.’

D12

The Detroit rap group’s last album was released in 2004. Two years later, key member Proof was killed in a nightclub fight and since the group has been inactive.

Likeliness of a reunion: Likely – an album was confirmed by Em in January and hopefully should be expected to drop some time this year! Larger than life rapper Bizarre has confirmed that he is back in the group tho.