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Funktelligence is (or was) a fusion band based in Ann Arbor, MI. I was actually a little suprised to know that a group so talented came from my old stomping grounds of Detroit. They take all the black genres of music (funk, jazz, hip-hop, blues and yes… rock) and stir them up into a hearty pot of fusion stew. The group is comprised of 6 guys: two emcees, a guitarist, a bassist, a drummer and a conga player (who isn't very vocal on this album). You wouldn't think this, but the two rappers (Nine Lives and Jax) actually fit in very well within the musical mixtures that Funktelligence so uniquely create. They're just the icing on some already tight arrangements (i.e. "The Poet"). You might just be raising your fist like a Black Panter (or just bobbing your head) along with some of the lyrics… they're very conscious and intelligent (hence the -telligence part of their name).

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