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Today in Hip-Hop History: Erykah Badu Dropped Her Debut LP ‘Baduizm’ 22 Years Ago

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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. Visit for more information Produced primarily by Madukwu Chinwah, Bob Powers, […]

The Roots Announce Dates for 2018 Holiday Tour


Words by Rashad Grove Visit for more information The hardest working band in music, the legendary Roots crew will close out the year with a short tour of the East Coast. Along with creating material for their forthcoming and highly anticipated new album, and playing behind Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s The Tonight Show, the […]

Happy 47th Birthday to The Roots’ Black Thought!

Born on this date in 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Tariq Luqmaan Trotter, Black Thought, the lead emcee of the legendary Hip Hop band The Roots, has created his key to success with simply one word; longevity. Visit for more information Thought has always been regarded as one of the most lyrical post-Golden Era […]

Ariana Grande Was Added to Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

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Ariana Grande has been added to the star-studded list of performers set to perform for Aretha Franklin’s burial service Friday, Franklin’s marketing specialist has affirmed to CNN. Visit for more information The Sweetener singer earned her spot on the bill after her emotional The Roots-assisted performance of “Natural Woman” on The Tonight Show with […]

Chuck D, Questlove, and Kendrick Lamar Slated as Prospect Members of the Academy

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It looks like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is on the verge of diversifying their membership. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-permitting collective announced their invitation of membership which heights at 928 new prospect members which include Hip-Hop notables Chuck D, Questlove, and Kendrick Lamar. Visit for more information This […]

Beyond Kanye West’s Wyoming: Other Artists Who Have Broken Listening Party Tradition

Last night, Kanye West hosted his album listening party in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a town far more famous for its world class snow, death-defying ski runs and abundance of turquoise-themed jewelry stores than its connection to Hip-Hop. Visit for more information While people may be making jokes about Yeezy’s choice of venue, he might […]

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.” Visit for more information According to Rolling Stone, the shows will be presented under the banner of Live Nation Urban […]

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. Visit for more information Listen in as Questo gets […]

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. Visit for more information This […]

Erykah Badu’s Culturally Shifting Debut Album ‘Baduizm’ Turns 21 Years Old

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On February 11, 1997, Erykah Badu released her solo debut Badiuzm and the album created a landscape which many found culturally innovative. The pioneering album turns 21 years old today. Visit for more information Erykah Badu is an overall soul singer, yet the masses found Baduizm to be the started of a unique sound […]

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. Visit for more information Originally known as the DJ for […]

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. Visit for more information While the entire community of hip-hop lyrical enthusiasts […]

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. Visit for more information Over the classic instrumental of Mobb […]