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A Second Album From Justin Timberlake This Year?

  With Justin Timberlake serving up a new album tomorrow in the The 20/20 Experience, news broke this weekend that this may not be the only new music on the way from the pop-crooner. This weekend via the Okayplayer message-board, much talk was over the NY Times review of Justin Timberlake’s new album. Questlove, founder […]

Watch Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake Perform “History of Rap 4”

Here we go again…. In a rather entraining turn of events, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are back with a brand new edition of “History of Rap.” Check out the two performing countless hit after hit… These two white boys know a little something. Advertisement Watch the performance now! – Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture)

Video: Black Thought Raps Oscar’s 2013 Best Picture Nominees

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Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the show took a rap break for Black Thought to update those who didn’t know what films were up for Best Picture at this years Oscar’s. He even gives a short reason for each why they’re part of the shortlist. Watch the video above and be sure […]

T.I. Has A “Ball” On Jimmy Fallon

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T.I. performs “Ball” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Backed by The Roots, T.I. took to the Jimmy Fallon stage to perform his “Ball.” The standout single which also features Lil Wayne appears on his recently released Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head project. That’s what you call some late night trapping, huh? Advertisement   […]

Danny! Talks ‘Payback,’ Okayplayer Records & More

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p> Advertisement recently took a moment to sit-down with rapper/producer Danny Swain. The interview comes on the heels of his highly anticipated release, Payback and his performance with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon. Hear the man out and let him speak, you may just learn a thing or two.   – Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture) I […]

The Roots to Play Birthday Tribute to Soul Legend, Curtis Mayfield

Following years of soulful albums and performances by Curtis Mayfield, the artist was tragically paralyzed after a freak accident in 1990. Seven years after his debilitating injury, Mayfield managed to record an entire album on his back, singing one line at a time to ensure he performed up to the incredible standard he set throughout […]

Frank Ocean Performs ‘Bad Religion’ On Jimmy Fallon

Following in the footsteps of his OFWGKTA comrades, Tyler and Hodgy, Frank Ocean made his debut via the Jimmy Fallon stage. After releasing his Channel Orange album at midnight, Frank took the stage backed by The Roots and a stunning string section to perform track-14, “Bad Religion.” Advertisement  – Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture)  

?uestlove Releases The Roots’ Fourteenth Album Title

?uesto took to Twitter to announce the title for The Roots’ fourteenth album, &TYSYC. ?uest tweeted, “Undun is like a xmas lp. specific setting. Our next lp “&TYSYC” (guess) will be regular. @teramartin @BlackiusMaximus@Reverofnolef100” Advertisement – John Weber (@JohnPaulWeber)

Video: 5th Annual Roots Picnic Recap

The electrified Philly crowd showed nothing but love to all the performers during The 5th Annual Roots Picnic. The performing artists who rocked the stage included: The Roots, Rakim, Wale, De La Soul, Selah Sue, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Diplo from Major Lazer, Mr. MFN Esquire, Danny Brown, and others. You can watch the […]

Video: The Roots Crossover with “Call Me Maybe” Cover

Before Jimmy Fallon’s show last night, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots had a chance to film a surprise video for some fans. Carly Rae sports her voice, Jimmy some form of a drum, and The Roots utilize both head nods and quirky instruments in the background to maximize the video’s swag. Advertisement […]

Rakim Talks Re-Release Of Classic Paid In Full Album

This past weekend, after Rakim’s performance with The Roots for their Roots Picnic 2012 event in Philadelphia, he told AllHipHop that there’s been talk about re-releasing the classic album Paid In Full. On July 7, 1987 Eric B. and Rakim released the original classic, featuring hits like, “Eric B. Is President,” “I Ain’t No Joke,” […]

The Roots Pay Tribute To MCA At 5th Annual Roots Picnic

The Roots gave a proper tribute to Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch who passed away last month. During this past weekend’s 5th annual Roots Picnic the jamming Hip-Hop crew covered the Beastie Boys “Paul Revere.”  Advertisement  – Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture)

KiD CuDi Forced To Cancel Appearance At Roots Picnic

During today’s timeline browsing I noticed a few tweets from upset fans regarding Cudi missing from the 2012 Roots Picnic. The G.O.O.D. Music artist was unable to attend the Philadelphia festival due to weather delays with his flight this according to OkayPlayer.  While those conditions are out of the artist’s hands fans were upset to […]

Yasiin Bey & De La Soul Perform At The 2012 Roots Picnic

The Roots Picnic had Philadelphia rocking this weekend. The yearly festival was highlighted by Yasiin Bey and De La Soul’s Hip-Hop presence on stage. Watch the artist formally known as Mos Def up top and check out De La Soul with Black Thought down below.  Advertisement  – Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture)

Source TV: Questlove On T.R.O.Y. & Sampling

The Source TV caught up with Questlove following his J.Dilla DJ set at B.B. Kings last week. We asked him how he felt about new producers sampling classic Hip-Hop beats. He also explained how he feels regarding the whole Lupe Fiasco and Pete Rock situation.  Advertisement  – Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture) Film/Edit: Shioma Obemeata

Questlove Speaks On The Root’s New Album

Earlier today, during Philly’s Power 99 FM The Morning Show, Questlove made a statement on the release of The Roots upcoming album. Questo said The Roots, still signed to Def Jam, are taking time off to work on other projects, but will grind hard during September to release their 16th album anticipated to drop in March […]

Lyricist Lounge 20th Year Anniversary Reunion

The Lyricist Lounge showcases, albums and television show serve as legendary elements in the foundation of hip-hop culture.  On Wednesday night, twenty years in, Danny Castro, Ant Marshall and the rest of the family brought it back to the essence. Their 20th year anniversary reunion party was held in Greenwhich Village at Le Poisson Rouge. It was hosted by Black Thought […]

Video: Rahzel Jr. – Career Vs. Love

“I don’t know what’s better, getting paid or getting laid, I just know when I’m getting one, the other is getting away” -Kanye West. Rahzel, Jr. (Son of Rahzel of The Roots) can agree with that quote as he tackles the conflict of Career vs. Love. Based on a true story, Rahzel Jr. gives listeners/viewers […]