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Hip-hop needed class. It also needed some innovation and honesty. In 2002 The Urban Sophisticates began to provide just that with a project record that no one knew would slowly, but surely, change the face of the genre on the east coast. When Urban began taking the road less traveled, it founded itself on the ideal that beats could move bodies and true music could move souls. After the critically acclaimed release of "The Cowards Anthem," their touring schedule has taken them north to New York City, south to Austin Texas for South by Southwest, west to Chicago, even as far as Japan and Korea. Their sound has become the definition of what hip-hop will be in the near future. Lyrically, Benton James continues to confess his flaws and sarcastically point out what's horribly right and wrong with the world. Aaron James brings a catchy, well sung hook to every song with old school influences of Soul and foundational R&B. Romondo Jessup brings his cool and collected rhythms through the drums. Jeremy Denman brings his wisdom and flow to the trumpet and flugle horn. Sal Mascali brings his crazy energy and high level of talent to the trombone. Ricky Nxumalo brings his flair for great bass lines and heavy stage presence to what has become a famous under ground live show.

The Urban Sophisticates won't be going anywhere but up. September of 2008 marked the independent release of "Classic Material." The record is continuing to gain momentum and build Urban's already impressive resume. Now hip-hop has class, innovation, and honesty. Hip-hop has... The Urban Sophisticates.

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Chapel Hill
Cowards Anthem
Dance with me
Greene Street
My love comes free 
The Story 
Adelle - Rollin in the deep
Adelle - Set fire to the rain
alecia keys - Fallin
amy whinehouse - Rehab
Andre 3000 - Hey yah
Ben King - stand by me
Beyonce - Crazy in Love
Black Street - No Diggity
Bruno Mars - Just the way you are
Dr Dre - Dr Dre Medley 
Dr Dre - The Next Episode
Earth, Wind, and Fire - September
etta james - at last
Fugees - Ready or not
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Jackson 5 - I'll be there
James Brown - I feel good
Jay-z - Hard Knock Life
Jay-z & Alecia Keys - empire state of mind
John Legend - green light
John Legend - Greenlight
John Legend - Ordinary People
Just Friends - Musiq soul child
Justin Timberlake - like I love you
Justin Timberlake - Senorita
Kanye West - Flashing lights
Kiss - Prince
Maroon 5 - Moves like Jagr
Maroon 5 - This Love
mary j blige - real love
Michael Jackson - billie jean
Micheal Jackson - Rock with you
Montell Jordan - This is how we do it
Prince - 1999
Rhianna - umbrella
Sting - Roxanne
Temptations - My Girl
Temptations - Papa was a rollingstone
The Doobie Brothers - What a fool believes
Usher - Without You
Van Morrison - brown eyed girl


Urban Sophisticates