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

sheeran fallon Visit for more information 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 […]

Watch Ludacris Perform “Whats Your Fantasy”

Screen Shot    at Visit for more information   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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Visit for more information 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 […]

Questlove Says Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” Is A “Game-Changer” & “The Song Of The Summer”


Quest drops some wisdom about rap’s hottest record Visit for more information Unless you live in New York City–specifically Brooklyn–and have been completely consumed by the monsoon that is Bobby Shmurda‘s “Hot N***a” movement, if you had to objectively point out the hottest song in hip-hop, Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy”, which was the #1 song […]

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

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Visit for more information 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 […]

The Roots Release 2nd Animated Music Video, “Understand”, Off New Album

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Visit for more information As The Roots prepare to let loose their upcoming album …and then you shoot your cousin to the public, they’ve released the second animated visual off the project to hold fans over. Understand, directed by Joe Baughman (who also handled the first video, When The People Cheer), is a completely animated short claymation-themed […]

The Roots Debut The Video For “When The People Cheer”

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The Roots may be the house band for your favorite late night show, but don’t think that they are taking a break from their musical passions. One thing about the legendary crew from Philly, they never seem to be swayed by the current trends in popular hip hop; instead, they buck at them and head in […]

Future & Pusha T Perform “Move That Dope” on “Tonight Show”

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Young ni*** move that dough! Visit for more information Future stopped by The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in honor of his new album Honest. The album hit stores on April 22 and is expected to do well. Future also brought along some really great guests, Pusha T, who the song features and also […]

The Roots Reveal The Tracklist For Their New Album ‘…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’


Visit for more information In theory The Roots, known by many to be the house backing for Jimmy Fallon‘s late night ventures–which, if you’ve been paying attention to recent events, have led him to be Jay Leno‘s replacement on the Tonight Show–but their reach and legacy stretches far beyond late night television. The band, […]

The Roots Unveil Upcoming Album Art Work

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The “World Famous” Roots Crew are preparing to unleash a brand new album, entitled …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. After the surprise release of the first single from the project, “When The People Cheer,” fans were excited to see and hear what is coming next, and the band delivered quickly. On OkayPlayer, the crew announced that the […]

The Roots Crew Unleash New Single And Album Information

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Their allure is undeniable, their legacy is near perfect; The World Famous Roots Crew are back to once again remind listeners why they are some of the best musicians to do it. For over two decades, the hip hop jazz band has delivered consistent record after record, dropping fifteen quality projects in that time frame. Yesterday, Questlove posted […]

Rick Ross Performs “The Devil Is A Lie” On The Tonight Show

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Rick Ross performs his hit anthem on The Tonight Show.  Visit for more information Rick Ross was featured as a musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. With his sixth studio album Mastermind set to hit the streets next week, the MMG rapper performed his hit single, “The Devil Is A Lie.” […]

Celebrate The 15 Year Anniversary Of The Roots’ ‘Things Fall Apart’ With Chill Moody’s “nicethings Fall Apart” Tribute

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West Philly Native Pays Homage To Hometown Forebears With New Release  Visit for more information     Advertisement This week The Roots made history once again when they joined Jimmy Fallon as the house band on NBC’s “The Tonight Show”. In lieu of today being the 15 year anniversary of their classic Things Fall Apart release,  the band’s brand,OkayPlayer, gives West […]

Return to The Fifth Dynasty: A Look Back At “Things Fall Apart”


Visit for more information “Inevitably, hip-hop records are treated as though they are disposable. They are not maximized as product, not to mention as art,” concludes “Act Won,” the foreboding intro track from Things Fall Apart. It sets the stage for the brooding assault on mainstream industry and the self-referential rumination on Black culture that is […]