Getting Down to Their Roots

The good times are beginning to roll again for a whole new generation of black rockers

According to conventional wisdom in the music business, black musicians do rap and soul, whites do rock 'n' roll. So what to make of a group like Follow for Now? Their dreadlocks and fade-style haircuts seem to come straight out of a Yo! MTV Raps video clip. So do the lyrics to songs such as White Hood, their spirited diatribe against skinheads and other white supremacists. But the thrashing guitars and drum licks the five members of the band play on their eponymous debut album leave little doubt that their musical roots reach deep into hard rock.

Ever since Living Colour...

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