Hip Hop Group of the Year

Get Busy by theRoots.
the ghettoManga Group of the Year Award goes to the legendary Roots Crew. the Philly-bred hip hop band slugged it out in two other categories that they didn't win (Video of the Year for Get Busy, seen above and Album of the Year for Rising Down), but competitors didn't come close in the group category. I'm not sure if anyone really needs to be introduced to The Roots, since they have worked to strategically grow their fan base by approaching every album creatively and touring like there's no tomorrow.

Rising Up by the Roots, featuring Wale and Chrisette Michele
the Roots sometimes seems less like a rap group and more like a movement, spawning the website OkayPlayer and helping to bring many young rap and neo soul artists to the forefront. led by iconoclastic drummer
?uestlove, the band's many influences and diverse musical backgrounds draws fans of every stripe, but lest you think they are just another band playing in the rap arena, resident emcee Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter holds it down for the lyricists in the age of diminishing returns in the rhyming category. and in 2008 they once again brought friends like Dice Raw and Peedi Crakk along for the ride. right now, the Roots have taken a break from touring, kicking back as the house band on The Late Show... so maybe someone else will be able to sneak in on the group category next year.

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