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J. Period – “Rise Up!” feat. Black Thought (Of The Roots) x Posdnuos (Of De La Soul) x Pharoahe Monch x Joss Stone

YOOOOO! This jawn BANGS!! Beatz & Lyrics on display (nice working in that ‘Phoenix’ sample from Tariq in the breaks). Every lyricist bringing drive; racing down the J. Period track like we gotta get there. Where? To the revolution!

What does it mean to “RISE UP?” What does it mean to RESIST?

Produced by J.PERIOD, this epic single brings together an historic lineup of artists — Black Thought of The Roots, Posdnuos of De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch & Joss Stone — to explore the meaning of “resistance” and the state of our Union. Additional production and instrumentation from Stro Elliot (Playlist Retreat), Larrance Dobson (1500 Or Nothin, Kendrick Lamar, Timbaland) and Jesse Blum (Misterwives). RISE UP EP available May 2.


The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney & The ‘Sing’ Cast Have “Wonderful Christmas Time” (Video)

If you’re gonna do the holidays… do ’em right! Right includes dope music. A capella, with beatboxing, no less. Nice!

Jimmy and The Roots join Paul McCartney, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane and Tori Kelly for an a cappella rendition of “Wonderful Christmastime.”
– The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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The Roots x Joell Ortiz x Busta Rhymes – “My Shot” (Live Performance)

The Roots, Joell Ortiz, and Busta Rhymes perform “My Shot” from “The Hamilton Mixtape” for The Tonight Show audience. Song ought to get a good push, too. The “Hamilton” show is still a popular event; having even been attended by U.S. Vice-President Elect Mike Pence (read: almost ANYbody might be in the audience…that massive). And this high-energy performance on Jimmy Fallon’s show can’t hurt either!

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Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One: Magician David Blane Shows Up With A Deck Of Cards And A Frog… (Video)

You know you are a real magician when you can bring onlookers up for a really close look, then send them scurrying away like gleefully startled children. Hilarious, engaging and intriguing, watch master illusionist David Blane amaze Jimmy Fallon and The Roots in the clip above.


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The Roots – “Bittersweet”

You cannot just turn a concept for a commercial jingle over to The World’s Greatest Late Night Band… the standard bearers for Hip-Hop with instrumentation… and think you will just get a 30-second clip. No. And Stella Artois had to know that. A promotional song so strong it can stand as a single alone. Check out The Roots with their “Bittersweet” jawn.

What does a sound taste like? Experience “Bittersweet” by The Roots, the first ever song you can taste. Based upon scientific research that explores the relationship between our senses, one side has been written to bring out the sweeter flavors in a Stella Artois, while the other enhances the bitter notes. Can you taste the difference?

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Black & Nickel (Black Thought x Royce Da 5’9) – “Rap On Steroids”

Ever heard that Hip-Hop so dope it made you cuss out loud on the first listen? That’s this Black & Nickel (as in Black Thought of The Roots and Royce da Nickel Nine) jawn “Rap On Steroids” son! Stamped approved and put out on the Twitterverse by Questlove. It’s official!


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Tonight Show ‘Password’ With Contestants Jennifer Lopez & Khloé Kardashian (Video)

Of course, if Jenny from the Block gives “Big” as a clue, a dude will say ‘booty!’ Obviously. Hahahaaaa! Truth be told, this is a lot of lovely mocha shake on the set. Kudos to Questlove and Jimmy for maintaining like the big pimpin’ gamers that they are.

Jimmy and Jennifer Lopez team up against Khloé Kardashian and The Roots’ Questlove in the game ‘Password.’

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Questlove Reflects On His Career, Music, and Life (Video)

It’s kind of like asking “What’s your favorite breath you ever took?”

In this episode of ‘The Reflection’ featuring Questlove, he speaks on how he fell in love with music, the beginning of The Roots, meeting musical heroes, what it takes to truly succeed and more.

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The 2015 BET Cyphers: Def Squad Reunited (Video)(Video)


The headline says it all; like its own byline. Did you see the Cyphers this year? Always the best part of the BET Hip-Hop Awards. We expect a ‘wow’ moment or two from the Awards’ broadcast; and a Cypher is a good bet for a source. Well, there was [at least] a BIG one in this year’s – Erick Sermon, Keith Murray and Redman spitting with DJ Scratch taking the Preemo spot (see what we did there?) for the set. Def Squad comes back to life for the night! Good to see.

Click the pic above to start with the Squad. Got the rest of this year’s Cyphers linked after the jump.

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The Roots Picnic 2015: Erykah Badu with The Roots In Philly (Video)

“Love Of My Life” will be a classic forever! For this show clip… just the beginning. The Roots x Erykah Badu collabo on stage live at The Roots Picnic 2015 – SMASH! That’s in the books. Captured on video forever. Historical! Watch a great performance above. Enjoy!

(Guest pop-ins from Philly Freezer, YG and The LOX, too? Boom!)

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Big K.R.I.T. Performs “Soul Food” feat. Raphael Saadiq On ‘The Tonight Show’ (Video)

The single, the video, and now The Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon knows what he is doing over there. Check out this performance of “Soul Food” (featuring Raphael Saadiq) above (The Roots got their back, too). And follow the link below to “Cadillactica” – the latest album from the mighty Mississippian.


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Questlove Speaks On Beef With Notorious B.I.G. And Diddy Back In The Day, With Chris Rock Being Around For The Best Music EVER (Video)

The world felt the loss of Biggie. BUT… Y’all don’t know nothin’ about the pain real Hip-Hop heads felt… in Chevy Chase (Maryland, USA)!! Ha!

Well, Rosenberg will tell you. Then quickly move to the meat of the video – Questlove and Chris Rock. The Roots’ main man and percussionist supreme starts by telling the story of beef before the fall of B.I.G.; and never getting to squash it with him…THENNNN… almost catching a 15-man beatdown by Puff Daddy and his ‘family’ soon after (okay, that got squashed… sorta). THENNNN… Chris Rock talks about his contributions to the Hip-Hop world library; and how Kanye’s album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” was the best ever.


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Nas Performing “N.Y. State of Mind” On ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’ (Video)

Check in around the 8-minute mark.

Doing the media rounds, promoting the “Nas: Time is Illmatic” documentary. Jimmy Fallon with a major ‘get’… the G.O.D.M.C. N-A-S (Nas, Nas, Nas) doing “N.Y. State of Mind” for ‘The Tonight Show’ audience. Backed by The Greatest Band In Late Night: The Legendary Roots Crew!

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20 Years A Yankee: A Farewell To Derek Jeter (Narrated By Black Thought Of The Roots) [Video]

Know anything about baseball? If so (or even if you don’t), you are probably very aware – and at least a bit melancholy – about the last trip around the diamond of New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter. Yep, the cap is calling it quits. But not before EVERYBODY (including the U.S. President) wishes him a bon voyage. The future hall-of-famer has spent all his 20 years as a pro in Yankee blue and white; so you can understand how, for even the most jaded New Yorker, it’s so haaarrrd say goodbyyyye to the team’s all-time hit leader.

But Black Thought and The Roots have got something (a song far better than the ‘attempt’ above; guaranteed). The group calls up a 2009 single – “The Fire” – for the heartfelt fare-thee-well. Rock out with your tissues out.

(If the clip above doesn’t get you, the one after the jump will.)

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Public Enemy Rocks With ‘The Roots’ On The Tonight Show (Video)

The legendary Hall Of Famers Public Enemy (with the homie ATL’s own DJ Lord) brought their A-game as the musical guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Backed by the greatest band in late night, The Roots, they performed “Public Enemy No. 1.” Celebrating 30 years of Def Jam on The Tonight Show is the way to go. Check ’em out above as they bum rush the show!

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Comedy: It’s The Fallon Family vs. The Roots On ‘Tonight Show Family Feud’ (Video)

Any and everybody has probably had a good belly laugh watching Steve Harvey host the long-running syndicated game show Family Feud. The clips on the Internet alone crack me up every time I see them. Well, as Jimmy Fallon’s guest on The Tonight Show, Harvey hosts a mini-version of the game with Fallon heading one fam against Questlove and his Roots crew. And comedy ensues!

Of course, performers with a natural silly gene will really go for the funny; but some go overboard and mess it up. Not this though. Hilarious stuff. Never thought ‘ding dong’ could be so funny. C’mon, it’s late night TV… so they could go there a bit. Watch this bit (above).


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Statik Selektah ft. Action Bronson x Royce Da 5’9 x Black Thought – “The Imperial”

Statik Selektah does it again with another banger! Showoff and Duck Down Music labels teaming to release “What Goes Around” (LP) to the teeming masses of Statik Selektah fans on August 19, 2014. But Stat Diddy went ahead and let “The Imperial” (featuring Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9 and Black Thought) fall off the promo wagon. Pick it up below.  This ill track got some quality spitters on this jawn. ‘Imperial’ is a perfect name for this joint right here. Superior lyricism & production. Dayaam! Be on the lookout for the new album ‘What Goes Around’ when it drops August 19th on Duck Down Records.


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Black Thought And Questlove (Of The Roots) Talk About What’s Happened Since That High School Talent Show (Video)

The Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove chat with HuffPost Live; speaking on (among other things) Kellogg’s cereal, the latest LP, their gig at The Tonight Show, playing with Dave Chappelle again, and going head-up with Boyz II Men in a high school talent show… and LOSING! Hahaaaa. Everybody made out okay since then though. All good. Good clip.

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The Roots Reflect & Go In-Depth About Their Career During Their ‘Town Hall’ Special on Sirius XM (Video)

Black Thought and QuestLove of The Roots made their way to Sirius XM Radio’s ‘Hip Hop Nation’ channel for a special Town Hall Discussion with Sway. In this special sit-down, both Philly buls opened up about their careers and go in-depth about their journey.  It’s an hour long video & they get deeper than Atlantis with the history & insight in this one.

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The Roots Speak About Not Having ‘Yes Men’ during their 25-Year Career, Their New Album, and Bringing Back ‘Soul Train’ (Video)

Black Thought & Questlove of The legendary Roots crew stopped by the ‘Breakfast Club’ to speak upon a variety of topics while promoting their new album “…and then you shoot your cousin.”  This is one of those interviews where the answers were more interesting than the actual questions asked.  Questlove & Black Thought managed to touch upon their history & the new album while provide their perspective on contemporary soul & rap music.  The Roots also spoke about the sometimes uneasiness when meeting their idols, stressed the importance of not having ‘Yes Men’ in their camp, the social significance & challenges of bringing back ‘Soul Train’, & more.

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