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Black Thought’s Solo Debut EP To Feature Only 5 Potent Tracks

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Just last week, head lyricist of class act hip-hop band The Roots Black Thought verified the coming of his first official solo project titled, Streams of Thought Vol. 1. On the production tip, 9th Wonder and The Soul Council are in control which is a pretty sound match due to their history honing the melodies […]

Questlove Is On The Verge of Curating An Official Prince Orchestral Tribute Tour


The Prince estate has officially partnered up with the legendary drummer of The Roots, Questlove to curate an orchestral nature tour in honor of the late icon titled, “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.” According to Rolling Stone, the shows will be presented under the banner of Live Nation Urban and will cast the Wolf […]

Lalah Hathaway Guest Stars on QUESTLOVE Supreme Podcast


The Roots drummer and music taste maker, Professor Questlove invited guest jazz and R&B songstress and one of the most dynamic voices of our time, Lalah Hathaway, daughter of the great soul singer Donny Hathaway, to slay episode 77 of QUESTLOVE SUPREME exclusively on Pandora. Listen in as Questo gets nervous introducing Lalah – calling […]

The Roots release the official line up for Roots Picnic 2018

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The Roots are back for their 11th year of Roots Picnic 2018, and they have released the full line up list. Not only will they be headlining, they will also play a major role in curating the event, which takes place at Festival Pier in Philadelphia on June 2. This year’s host will be comedian […]

Roxanne Shantè Performs Live at The Roots Jam Session


Last night in NYC, Roxanne Shante hit the stage with her incredible energy while performing at The Roots Jam Sessions. Roxanne stood in front of a packed house and delivered two of her classic hits, “Roxanne’s Revenge” & “Have a Nice Day” at The Gramercy Theatre accompanied by The Roots! Other performing acts also included […]

Happy 52nd Birthday To The Legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff!

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On this date in 1965, Jeffrey Townes, better known to Hip Hop and television fans as “Jazzy Jeff” was born in the City of Brother Love and has become one of the best to ever place their hands on a pair of Technics 1200s. Originally known as the DJ for rapper/actor The Fresh Prince aka […]

According To Black Thought, He Is The Inventor of Mumble Rap

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Earlier this month, Black Thought hit viral circuit when he performed a 10-minute freestyle on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show. The Roots‘ lead lyricist made literal history as he spat over 2,000 words giving birth to an abundant amount of quote-worthy phrases. While the entire community of hip-hop lyrical enthusiasts praised Black Thought for setting […]

Black Thought Speaks With Jimmy Fallon About Historic 10-Minute Freestyle

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The hip-hop community is still drowning amazement from Black Thought‘s historic freestyle on Funkmaster Flex‘s Hot 97 on Wednesday. With The Roots being the official house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, it was only right for the hip-hop loving show host to maneuver the elite Philly emcee to the guest chair to weigh-in […]

Black Thought Breaks The Internet With Furious Ten Minute Freestyle

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The internet broke into pieces on Thursday (Dec. 14) after one of the greatest emcees of all time, lead lyricist of hip-hop band The Roots, Black Thought, hypnotized the masses with a ten minute long lyrically luxurious freestyle on Funkmaster Flex‘s Hot 97 show. Over the classic instrumental of Mobb Deep‘s “The Learning (Burn),” the […]

Happy 46th Birthday To The Roots’ Black Thought!


On this date in 1971, Maliq Trotter aka Black Thought, lead emcee of the original, legendary Hip Hop band The Roots, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thought has always been regarded as one of the most lyrical post-Golden Era emcees, yet received very little recognition for his prowess outside of hi work with the entire […]

[Watch] The Roots Perform “It Ain’t Fair” Featuring BILAL With A Full Orchestra

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GRAMMY® Award-winning multi platinum hip-hop icons The Roots delivered an unheard of 6+ minute performance of their latest track entitled “It Ain’t Fair (feat. Bilal)” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in conjunction with the critically acclaimed new film DETROIT. “It Ain’t Fair” was designed to emphasize the importance of social justice through the prism of late-sixties Detroit, which means many things culturally […]

Pharrell Shuts Down The Roots Picnic Stage, Brings Out Pusha T, N.O.R.E, And Many More

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Each year The Roots Picnic delivers the best music block party, and this year was no exception. Fans flocked to Festival Pier in Philly for the festival’s 10th year, with a lineup that boasted names like Solange, Thundercat, Jeezy, 21 Savage, The Roots, and many more (Lil Wayne pulled out the morning of the festival due to medical reasons). Nonetheless the festival […]

‘DAMN.’ … Kendrick Lamar Sets Fire To The Internet | Source News Flash

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Today in Source News Flash: Yes, DAMN. is finally here. And truthfully, KDot shook the Internet and music scene with this one. If you haven’t already, download, sit down, listen, and be humble. After announcing a June 30 release date for their Kickstarter-funded album, TLC has released the project’s first single – “Way Back.” Amazon is developing an animated children’s […]

2017 Roots Picnic Lineup: The Roots, Pharrell, Solange, Lil Wayne & More


The Roots just revealed the lineup for the 10th annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, and it is stacked. The headliners include Pharrell, Lil Wayne and Solange, while 21 Savage, Kimora, Thundercat, Noname, Fat Joe, PNB Rock and Mobb Deep​ will also perform. The event will take place on June 3 at the Festival Pier in Philadelphia. More information can […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Erykah Badu’s ‘Baduizm’ Album Turns 20

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On this date in 1997, the debut album from neo-soul queen Erykah Badu entitled Baduizm was released on Universal Records through the Kedar imprint. This LP catapulted the Texan songstress into the Grammy Award winning music icon that she has become two decades later. Produced primarily by Madukwu Chinwah, Bob Powers, who is known from […]

BET To Air ‘Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration’

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During Barack [Obama] and Michelle’s 8-year term as the first black First Family to occupy The White House they have not only changed the face of cultural norms, but more importantly, they have set the standard of accepting and exuding diversity in the White House which trickled down to more acceptance of diversity from America […]

Here’s Where BET Went Right With Their Legendary Prince Tribute


When you call out another award show’s tribute to arguably one of the most prolific artists to walk the earth, you had better come correct. With the stakes high and a record 7.2 million viewers tuned in on Sunday night, BET did just that. Following their not-so-sneak diss of Madonna‘s wholehearted, but underwhelming tribute to […]