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Denver, Colorado, United States (2005 – present)

Flobots are an alternative rap/rock band from Denver, Colorado, United States. They consist of Jonny 5 (vocals), Brer Rabbit (vocals), Mackenzie Roberts (viola/vocals), Jessie Walker (bass), Andy Guerrero (guitar) and Kenny Ortiz (drums). The band became popular in 2008 when their singles “Handlebars” and “Rise” became hits on American alternative rock radio.

When a pair of quick-witted emcees joins forces with a battle-hardened, groove-fusing rhythm section, a classically trained violist and trumpet player, the result is a sound that explores and expands the frontiers of live hip-hop. Progressive in both style and message, the band’s ability to drop from symphonic rock-infused crescendos into stripped-down string-laden breakbeats has earned Flobots a reputation for both originality and authenticity.

After originally forming as a side project in 2005, Flobots brought together Emcee’s Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit with violist Mackenzie Roberts, guitarist Andy Guerrero, bassist Jesse Walker, trumpet player Joe Ferrone, and drummer Kenny Ortiz. By the end of the year, it was clear that the band’s refreshingly positive message and nontraditional instrumentation gave it both a universal appeal and a marketable buzz factor. Whether sharing the stage with jam bands, indie rock acts, or hip-hop groups, Flobots won the crowds and quickly reached a tippping point to became one of Denver’s most influential bands.

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  • Xionus

    Mediocre political hip-hop band that no one would listen to were it not for an unusually decent single.

    24 Jul 5:47am Reply
  • Jcool0

    After listening to their other "singles" they definitely deserve to be a one hit wonder band.

    30 Jun 5:10pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Wow, I listened to Circle and the Square with a lot of focus and I have to ask...did they cross the line from experimental/crossover into avant-garde? The genres used are obvious, but the way they are fused on every single part makes them truly unlike any other band I know. Truly badass group!

    9 Jun 2:11am Reply
  • Eddou

    Come to canada plox

    28 May 10:22pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Soooo glad that I heard White Flag Warrior, Survival Story sounds so much more fleshed out with guitar added. Critics only panned the album for having some subtlety, it's something very missing in the political hip hop area. It's still direct, just not beating you over the head with it all the time and seems so much more researched than most political hip hop. That, plus the little funky bits and the violin really make their second album a gem on first listen...definitely a band that's far more than Handlebars, COmbat was actually my favorite on the first album.

    24 May 3:32pm Reply
  • Mahpsal

    Man, Handlebars pales in comparison to anything on Survival Story.

    29 Mar 9:35pm Reply
  • Unsatisfaction

    I am in love with this band.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Jayvede

    Rise <3

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • GhostFame

    I wish they werent seen as just the band that made 'Handlebars'

    8 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Helawolf

    Handlebars was introduction material. Dig a little deeper: Rise, Stand Up, Mayday, Fight With Tools, Same Thing, Good Soldier, Defend Atlantis, If I, Superhero, Whip$ and Chain$

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Helawolf

    Fight With Tools and Survival Story are the bomb. I do not know what other listeners are thinking. Definitely not a one-hit wonder. Better rapping than this nu-school some call it.

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Kyonil

    Вообще норм.

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TochterfirmA

    <3

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • o-lisa

    Классные они.

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Nekro__b

    холокост

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • doddlez

    i can ride my bike whith no handlebars [8]

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Daniel_Green

    www.lastfm.com.br/music/Flobots/+images/91377377 www.lastfm.com.br/music/Flobots/+images/91377445

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • 2crue4you

    has anyone seen my handlebars?

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • AnthemPartThree

    "The Circle in the Square" was horrible, and the recent tracks aren't much better. What a shame :/

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • KonGoSha

    i can ride my bike whith no handlebars [7]

    11 May 2013 Reply
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