Felonious: One Love Hip Hop: 'Cost of Living' Hailing from San Francisco, Calif., the members of Felonious: One Love Hip Hop intertwine beats, bass, drums, keys, beatbox, rap, guitar and other string, piano and wind sounds. The track "Cost of Living" showcases the layered instrumentation and vocals of the group.
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Hailing from San Francisco, Calif., the members of Felonious: One Love Hip Hop say using a live band gives their songs "an intricate musical texture." Intertwining beats, bass, drums, keys, beatbox, rap, guitar and other string, piano and wind sounds, Felonious recreates a more produced Hip Hop feel. The track "Cost of Living," from the CD , Up to Something, showcases the layered instrumentation and vocals of the group.

The band features four Emcees: D. Wolf; Infinite; Soulati, who also plays the drums; and A kid named Keith, who also plays the keys. Bassist Illin Ills, guitarist Jon Monahan and "right-hand man" Gendell Hernandez complete the collective.

Felonious was named "Best Hip Hop Band" by San Francisco Weekly in 2000 and "Best Hip Hop Group" in 2004 and 2005 by the readers of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The band members are engaged in various projects within the music community. Across the Bay area, members teach music to children and young adults, and they are developing a performance and education program called The Living History of Hip Hop. Felonious also created the theater peice Beatbox: A Raparetta, which has been performed both nationally and internationally.