HBE are eight brothers from the south side of Chicago, born to play music. They come from an extraordinary musical family. Philip Cohran, their father, has roots running back to Mississippi, his time in the musical hothouse of 1940s St Louis, and his seminal role with the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1950's Chicago put him on a path that resulted in the creation of HBE decades later. By the end of the nineties, with everyone out of school, they brought together their musicianship, their jazz roots and their hip hop sensibility, and made a living busking on the streets and doing shows across the world. Crucial to the mix was their burgeoning skills as composers, which meant the music they played really was their own. Eventually the group transferred to New York City, and after playing out relentlessly, including gigs with Mos Def and Erykah Badu, Tony Allen, Damon Albarn and the Gorillaz, Maxell, Ghostface Killa and some particularly incendiary shows in Europe, they have come to be known as one of the hottest and most individual bands around.