24-7 Spyz are a band from the South Bronx, New York, formed in 1986, originally consisting of Jimi Hazel, Rick Skatore, Kindu Phibes, and P. Fluid. The band is best known for mixing soul, funk, reggae, and R&B with heavy metal and hardcore punk. The fact that they are African Americans playing variations of heavy metal led critics to compare them to bands such as Living Colour and Bad Brains. Though they were pioneers in the fusion of these particular music styles, influencing many bands, they have never achieved substantial commercial success. After several lineup changes, the band broke up in 1998, but reformed in 2003 before releasing their first new album of original material in over a decade in 2006. As of November 2012, the band has been performing with the lineup of Jimi Hazel, Rick Skatore, drummer Sekou Lumumba and guitarist Ronny Drayton.
- also known as 24-7 Spys
- genres: Jazz, Reggae, Heavy metal, Funk, Rock music, Soul music, Hardcore punk, Post-punk, Experimental rock, Funk rock, Rapcore, Funk metal, Rap metal, Punk rock, Hard rock, Reggae fusion, Rhythm and blues, Alternative rock, Alternative metal, Rap rock
- albums: "Harder Than You", "Gumbo Millennium", "This Is 24-7 Spyz", "Strength in Numbers", "Temporarily Disconnected", "6", "Heavy Metal Soul by the Pound", "Face the Day", "Can You Hear the Sound?", "If I Could", "In-Effect Sampler"
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