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Released in 2007, Place 54 is the third effort from Hocus Pocus, and this time, it’s all about paying tribute to a genre that inspired the French hip-hop crew, Funk. The electronic/acoustic group is joined by flutist Magik Malik and trombonist Fred Wesley for an album where half the tracks were recorded live. Usual collaborators the Procussions also appear.


Formed: 1995

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

French hip-hop posse Hocus Pocus, actually 20syl's brainchild, were formed in 1995, and gradually gained attention in the late '90s. The band, however, reached significant commercial and critical success in 2006 with the 2005 LP 73 Touches re-release, the "Hip Hop?" single (featuring the Procussions) having hooked many listeners who were curious about its blend of French, English, and acoustic/electronic elements. Though quite far removed from legendary bands evolving in that same category (like...
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