1. The Roots' Manager & Producer, Richard Nichols, Dies (Updated)

    July 17, 2014 6:33 PM EDT UPDATE: The Roots have issued the following statement on Nichols' death: The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception…

  2. Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Relaunch & New Danny! & Young Guru Albums

    August 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru Danny!'s "Payback" is slated to…

  3. The Roots Go Concept On New Album 'Undun'

    November 29, 2011 9:00 AM EST Ahmir " ?uestlove " Thompson had finally reached his breaking point. It was during an early-2011 recording session for the Roots ' new album, undun, when the drummer of the acclaimed Philadelphia hip-hop band stormed out of the troop's recording studio. At issue? Thompson&…

  4. Questlove Talks Roots Album, Says D'Angelo Is In 'Home-Stretch' of New Record

    October 25, 2011 11:25 AM EDT ?uestlove , of The Roots , wears many hats. Whether he's on drums with the Legendary Roots Crew, on set as house band for "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," doing random DJ sets, or sitting in with other bands, the man stays busy. We spoke with ?uestlove about The Roots'…

  5. State of Independence: 15 Artists Impacting the Indie Scene

    July 01, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Every indie artist, band and label is independent in its own way. The strategies for success are as varied as the styles of music, the executives and the attitudes -- these are the very states of independence. Labels and artists from Texas to Denver to Missouri to Los Angeles; genres from…

  6. Kidz In The Hall Hope To Move The 'Crowd'

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kidz in the Hall set out to make its new album, "The In Crowd," an EP -- which, the Ivy League hip-hop duo notes, is nothing new. Kidz in the Hall set out to make its new album, "The In Crowd," an EP -- which, the Ivy League hip-hop duo notes, is nothing new. "It just…

  7. Mint Condition Finds New 'Life'

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mint Condition, known best for their '90s R&B hits "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" and "What Kind of Man Would I Be," is back with its ninth album, "e-Life," due May 6. Mint Condition, known best for their '90s R&B hits "…

  8. DJ Shadow Gives Voice To 'The Outsider'

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT DJ Shadow throws fans a stylistic curveball on his new album, "The Outsider," due Sept. 12 via Universal. A number of songs on the 17-track set explore hip-hop more fully than Shadow ever has, particu DJ Shadow throws fans a stylistic curveball on his new album, "The Outsider,…

  9. Sleepers

    February 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Being on the verge of releasing a major-label debut with your indie hip-hop group would be enough for most MCs, but not Rapper Big Pooh. Being on the verge of releasing a major-label debut with your indie hip-hop group would be enough for most MCs, but not Rapper Big Pooh. Even though he and…

  10. Connected

    September 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A hip-hop duo whose members did not meet until after its debut set was completed sounds like a recipe for disaster. A hip-hop duo whose members did not meet until after its debut set was completed sounds like a recipe for disaster. But it worked for the Foreign Exchange's aptly titled …