While many people were introduced to hip-hop in the mid-’90s – the Puffy, Biggie, Tupac, Dre and Snoop Dogg era – that introduction is only an introduction at best. While all aforementioned artists played an integral part in the mass appeal of hip-hop, getting down to its roots is another thing all together.

The Legendary Roots Crew as well as the Root Down album by the Beastie Boys are other examples of how diverse hip-hop and all of its many sounds can be, but don’t get the words confused for a second. These are only examples of the evolution of hip-hop. The roots are where it came from, and getting down is where it has always been.

The party people at the Root Down at Little Temple know this, so every Thursday they get down to a little soul, funk, roots, Latin and hip-hop, so you can hear and see where it all began and where it can go. The sky’s the limit!

Thursday nights, DJs Music Man Miles, Wyatt Case, Loslito, Sloe Poke, Expo and special guests allow you to see and hear for yourself what real music is supposed to do: move you. So make that move further down Santa Monica Boulevard away from all the mainstream hip-hop and compact disc jockeys and introduce and familiarize yourself with where it all came from and where it’s going: full circle, back to hearing DJs playing vinyl from live bands playing live music from back in the day.

You’ll hear some ’90s as well because it’s a part of the evolution of hip-hop. You’ll also hear music spanning the decades before coming full circle, from the revolution to the evolution.

Little Temple is located at 4519 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.rootdownclub.com.