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Stream The Roots undun

The Roots have been building toward undun for a little over a month now, supplying weekly videos for undun tracks as well as sharing three parts of the album’s four-part “Redford” suite with us. Now, the Roots entire concept record has hit the web; hit the link to stream undun via NPR’S First Listen series. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 29, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Jimmy Cliff Covers Rancid’s “Ruby Soho”

If you were a high school punk at any point in the 1990s, Rancid’s “Ruby Soho” is a song that’s running through your veins at all times. Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong recently produced Sacred Fire, a new EP from a fellow legend, reggae innovator Jimmy Cliff. And the EP features Cliff singing “Ruby Soho” i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 29, 2011 - 3:57 pm

The Roots – “Redford”/”Possibility”/”Will To Power” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Roots’ new album undun is a concept album about a man named Redford Stephens, and as it turns out, that particular concept comes from another concept album — a very celebrated one at that. To hear Roots drummer/bandleader ?uestlove tell it, the band named the character after “Redford,” a short instrumental piece from the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 28, 2011 - 11:40 am

The Roots – “Sleep” Video

You’d think they’d slip on Thanksgiving week — and nobody could blame them — but the fact that the Roots came through with a video this week is just a testament to how diligent the crew remains. The latest in the The Roots’ undun video rollout is “Sleep,” a somber clip starring our hooded hero. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 22, 2011 - 12:56 pm

The Roots – “Stomp” (Feat. P.O.R.N.) Video

The Roots are rolling out a new video and track from their upcoming concept LP undun each Tuesday and this week’s edition comes in the form of “Stomp,” another black-and-white clip of a hooded figure up to some felonious stuff. Check out the previous videos for “Make My” and “Tip The Scale” and you ca… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 16, 2011 - 9:29 am

Betty Wright & The Roots – “Grapes On A Vine” (Feat. Lil Wayne)

For her new album Betty Wright: The Movie, the ’70s soul legend teams up with the Roots, whose ?uestlove co-wrote and co-produced the entire album. And on the smooth rocker “Grapes On A Vine,” Lil Wayne shows up to kick a quick verse over a Captain Kirk guitar solo. Think of it as a favor… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 10, 2011 - 3:52 pm

The Roots – “Tip The Scale” Video

In the buildup to the December release of the Roots’ concept album, undun, the legendary rap collective is putting out a video every Tuesday at 12:06, which mirrors the 12/6 release date of the LP. Today’s clip is for “Tip The Scale,” a gritty black-and-white clip where a lone figure patrols a bleak neighborhood, a… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 8, 2011 - 4:48 pm

The Roots – “Make My” Video

In director Clifton Bell’s video for the Roots’ new single “Make My,” one guy gets shot a whole fuckload of times, and that’s pretty much the only thing that happens. The slow-motion black-and-white clip is just two minutes long, about half the length of the song, and it excises guest rapper Big K.R.I.T.’s verse entirely. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2011 - 4:03 pm

Watch Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon’s “History Of Rap” Part 3

Justin Timberlike returned to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to provide another “History Of Rap” medley, this time covering everything from Run DMC’s “King Of Rock” to Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.”… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 31, 2011 - 9:06 am

Bon Iver, ?uestlove Unhappy With Rolling Stone

Yesterday, we posted a fairly random and goofy list of Bon Iver’s five favorite rap verses, which main man Justin Vernon had compiled for the current issue of Rolling Stone. As it turns out, Vernon isn’t too happy with the way the list came out, claiming that the magazine changed his list. Also not happy:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 20, 2011 - 9:24 am

The Roots – “Make My” (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.)

On the heels of an album announcement — undun, a concept album about the life of a man named Redford Stephens is out 12/6 — The Roots drop that affair’s first single, “Make My,” which features Southern rap revivalist Big K.R.I.T. who has been on a ton of decent tracks lately. Add another one to… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 17, 2011 - 2:55 pm

Pearl Jam – “Olé”

You knew Pearl Jam wasn’t going to let their 20th anniversary nostalgia-fest end without breaking us off with some new shit, right? Last night, the band showed up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where Pearl Jam Twenty director Cameron Crowe was also guesting, and debuted a fired-up new track called “Olé.” It’s one of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 9, 2011 - 9:24 am

tUnE-yArDs Makes Late Night Debut On Fallon

You could see this tUnE-yArDs performance on Fallon with Questlove and Black Thought coming from a year-and-a-half away, when @Questo tweeted “omfg!!!!! watching tune-yards on stage now. this is some of the GREATEST ish I’ve seen in a minute!!!!” from the Bowery show the bands played together in November of ’09. Last night, Merrill Garbu… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 2, 2011 - 10:29 am

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am

Scenes From Roots Picnic 2011

The 4th Annual Roots Picnic went down in Philadelphia on Saturday. Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding performed, as well as Little Dragon, Ariel Pink, Dismemberment Plan, Man Man, and Beanie Sigel. Due to scheduling problems, Man Man ended up playing while the Roots and Nas were on, so, sadly, no photos of their hometown set. But… More »

By: jessica / June 6, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Odd Future’s Performance On Fallon Is A Thing You Absolutely Should Watch

NBC found its must-see TV last night, thanks to an intense four-minute appearance from a shock-tricked hip hop troupe of teenagers from Los Angeles. Honors to Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats, with the help of Questlove (in black hoodie for necessary, bonus hardness) and Mos Def’s Kool Aid swilled “SWAAAG”s delivered straight into camera… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 17, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Hear John Legend & The Roots’s Studio Version Of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up”

John Legend & The Roots released their covers album Wake Up! back in September. We posted live video of their Arcade Fire cover around the same time. The studio version didn’t end up making the album, though they kept the name for their collection of protest and empowerment covers. Should they have kept the track,… More »

By: jessica / November 23, 2010 - 2:34 pm

Video Of Elvis Costello On Colbert & Fallon, Video Of Elvis Costello’s Dad Singing In ’64

Elvis is busy in NYC right now, no surprise, the man tends toward a brisk pace of performance and productivity and NYC is the perfect foil. To wit: On Tuesday he performed at the Celeste Bartos Forum in the New York Public Library, and on 11/15 he’ll return to Fallon, to do “Stations Of The… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 5, 2010 - 3:08 pm

St. Vincent, Kid Cudi, Cage, Roots Do “Maniac” On Fallon

Kid Cudi packed the stage with lots of friends for “Maniac.” St. Vincent did her sample — from Actor’s “The Strangers” live, while Cage sang/rapped and the Roots backed them. The best instrument on stage, besides St. Vincent’s pipes (and Cage’s leather jacket), was the iPhone used for extra percussion. Watch:… More »

By: jessica / November 4, 2010 - 10:29 am

Peace, Crazy, Love Trains Collide At The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear

Hundreds of thousands of bloggers Americans gathered at the National Mall in D.C. today to watch Comedy Central stars John Stewart and Stephen Colbert and friends (e.g., Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Father Guido Sarducci) take on (in Stewart’s words) “the country’s 24-hour politico-pundit-perpetual-panic conflictinator,” and basically give the middle finger to Glenn Beck. Reasonableness was at the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 30, 2010 - 7:29 pm
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