Hardgroove has made it his goal to take hip-hop beyond the constraints of two turntables and a microphone. As the bassist and bandleader for hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy, Hardgroove has infused the group’s sample-based sound with deep, driving grooves. And together with guitarist Khari Wynn and drummer Mike Faulkner, he’s helped balance the act’s frenzied soundscapes with a more grounded rock approach. Hardgroove also works with Public Enemy’s leader, lyricist, and vocalist Chuck D in the hip-hop-meets-funk-metal outfit Fine Arts Militia. He’s currently co-producing the band’s forthcoming second album with Bootsy Collins, as well as a new live Public Enemy DVD.