Phonte - First and foremost, he makes great music. It just so happens that this over 30 year old's skillful lyrics are also relatable to those over 30. Escapism and living vicariously through an artist's songs are fine, but a deeper connection is established with the listener if the artist is talking about something the listener is going through...also helps that both are in the same tax bracket.
9th Wonder & Jamla Records - Heavily influenced by the 90's Golden Era, they are forging ahead with strong, deep boom bap roots. They bring you that warm feeling, like the first time you heard "Electric Relaxation."
Part 2 - Video Games...coming soon.