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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 […]

The Roots Announce First Annual Roots Picnic in New York City This October

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A unique lineup of artists from various different genres of music made appearances at the 9th Annual Roots Picnic in Philly this past weekend. The Roots pride themselves on creating such a musical atmosphere that audiences will never get to witness anywhere else. From Future to Swizz Beatz, The Roots to Leon Bridges, Usher to […]

Today in Hip Hop History: The Roots Release ‘Things Fall Apart’ 17 Years Ago


On this day in Hip Hop history The Roots released their fourth studio album Things Fall Apart. This project is considered by many publications at the Roots “breakthrough” album, gaining them coverage in major publications and expanding their fan base. It also came at a time when the whole Soulquarian collective (D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Common, […]

Watch 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne Debut a Song Off Their Joint Project on ‘Fallon’

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2 Chainz and Lil Wayne announced late last year that they would be teaming up for a collaborative project, Collegrove, and based on their track record, it would certainly be something to look forward to. From “Yuck” and “Rich As F*ck” to their most recent team-up, “Back On My Bullsh*t,” Chainz and Weezy have always […]

Happy Birthday To The Roots’ Questlove!


Happy Born day to Ahmir Khalib Thompson better known as ?uestlove a.k.a Questlove! Born in 1971, he turns 45 today. The OG is originally known as the drummer for the legendary Hip Hop band The Roots, but he has many roles. On February 17, 2014, he became a part of the in-house band for The Tonight Show, […]

Kendrick Lamar Debuts New Song “Untitled 2” on ‘Fallon’

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As was previously alluded to by Quest Love of The Roots, The Source‘s co-MVP of 2015 Kendrick Lamar returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday for the world premiere of a brand new song, dubbed “Untitled 2.” Following a sit-down interview with Jimmy, in which “the biggest name in music,” as he […]

Wale, D’Angelo and the Vanguard Rock Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival


Smoke danced in the air. The smell of on-tap beer drifted across Union Park as it transformed into a musical paradise, greeting Midwestern music-heads with popular headliners and must see up-and-comings for the 2015 North Coast Music Festival. Self-dubbed “Chicago’s Last Stand,” a final hoo-rah to the summer before the cooler weather begins it’s unapologetic […]

#TheVault: Chill Moody Talks That Time He Got Bit By a Fan at The Roots Picnic

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The Vault is one of All Def Digital’s newest series, where artists, comedians, and other famous figures in the entertainment business give us the inside scoop on one of the craziest moments in their career.  And when we say crazy, we mean crazy.  Be prepared to hear all kinds of shenanigans, madness, and mayhem on each episode of The Vault, proving […]

Ed Sheeran Turns “Trap Queen” into an Acoustic Masterpiece with The Roots

sheeran fallon Just when you thought you’d seen it all Ed Sheeran has spent most of the week allowing us to get to know him better. He told an excellent story about collaborating with Rick Ross and wanting to take a year off on The Breakfast Club, an even better Jay Z and Beyonce story on […]

Watch Ludacris Perform “Whats Your Fantasy”

Screen Shot    at   While backstage in the Tonight Show music room the Furious 7 actor Ludacris performed an all-GoPro acoustic version of “What’s Your Fantasy” with the Roots.  Check out the footage above.  Ludacris’ new album Ludaversal is out now, make sure you grab that! Advertisement   – Def Soul (DefSoulNJ)

Rahzel Jr Talks Hip Hop Culture on Sway in the Morning

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Since The Source’s unsigned hype competition, the unsigned hype finalists have continued to make some noise and show us why they really aren’t just “hype,” but instead a movement unto themselves.  Rahzel Jr, the son of the legendary beatboxer Rahzel of The Roots, hit Sway in the Morning about a week ago, to talk finding […]

Nas,The Roots And DJ Premier Join Dave Chappelle At Radio Music Hall

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Comedian Dave Chappelle has been MIA for the past decade, but the D.C. native is back on his grind after selling out five consecutive shows at Radio Music Hall. According to, the hip-hop head has snatched up hip-hop legends Nas, The Roots and DJ Premier to perform with a full orchestra at RMC.  Also, […]