1. DJ Cipha Sounds Launches New Comedy Series 'Hip Hop Improv' on TIDAL

    April 18, 2017 1:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Wednesday (April 19), Jay Z's streaming service TIDAL launched a new original series from DJ Cipha Sounds. Titled Hip Hop Improv With Cipha Sounds , the forthcoming show will infuse hip-hop and comedy based on real-life stories of famed rap ...

  2. Pharrell, Lil Wayne & Solange to Perform at 10th Annual Roots Picnic

    February 21, 2017 5:12 AM EST 0 0 4 Pharrell and The Roots , Lil Wayne and Solange are among the headliners confirmed for this year's 10th annual Roots Picnic.  [readmore:7393624] Speaking of its milestone anniversary, Shawn Gee, Roots longtime manager and partner in Maverick Man ...

  3. The Roots' Black Thought on Lin-Manuel Miranda, Perseverance & 'The Hamilton Mixtape'

    November 29, 2016 12:04 PM EST 0 0 0 Ahead of the mixtape's release this Friday (Dec. 2), Black Thought weighs in on the making of the Broadway hit's next act. Few things have accumulated the cultural impact over the past 18 months as Hamilton , the brain child of Lin-Manuel ...

  4. Everything We Know About 'The Hamilton Mixtape'

    November 03, 2016 1:10 PM EDT 8 0 0 Back in May 2009, a year after his first hit show In the Heights won the Tony for Best Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda was invited to perform at the White House Evening of Poetry . Lin got on-stage and started a rap from a project he was working on call ...

  5. Roots Picnic Day 1 Highlights: D'Angelo, John Mayer and Common Rip The Stage

    October 02, 2016 5:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Despite the gloomy weather and chilled temperatures, diverse music lovers from New York City and beyond came together in Bryant Park for the first annual Roots Picnic in Manhattan. While the crowd stood in some muddy turf, fans were able to push thr ...

  6. The Roots MC Black Thought's Philly Insider Tips on How Turn It Up for the Democratic National Convention

    July 25, 2016 5:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Whenever people descend upon the city, Philly rolls out the red carpet," says Black Thought, the 44-year-old Roots MC and Philadelphia native. As the city gets ready to host the Democratic National Convention starting July 25, he gives  B ...

  7. The Roots Picnic Will Expand to New York City This October: Exclusive

    June 06, 2016 10:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 D'Angelo, John Mayer, Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne and Nile Rodgers will headline. It's official: the Roots Picnic is expanding to New York City. The long-running festival, held for the last nine years in the band's hometown of Philadelp ...

  8. Watch 'Hamilton' Star Lin-Manuel Miranda Freestyle Rap About Drake on 'Tonight Show'

    November 07, 2015 11:54 AM EST 0 0 0 "The vice president shot him! Dick Cheney was not the first VP to shoot his friend!" he joked of Aaron Burr. Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by Friday's (Nov. 6) Tonight Show to discuss Hamilton , his Broadway musical that has a diverse ca ...

  9. Watch the 'Hamilton' Cast BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher

    October 14, 2015 11:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of his hit musical Hamilton continue to prove that the intersection of Broadway and hip-hop leads to epic results. Billboard Cover: 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Questlove and Black Thought on the R ...

  10. Billboard Cover: 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Questlove and Black Thought on the Runaway Broadway Hit, Its Political Relevance and Super-Fan Barack Obama

    July 30, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 1.149 k 299 19 Six years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda was invited to perform during an evening of song and poetry at the White House. The writer, composer and performer was fresh off of a Tony Award win for  In the Heights , his debut hip-hop- and salsa-inflec ...

  11. The Roots to Executive Produce 'Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording),' Out This Fall on Atlantic Records: Exclusive

    July 22, 2015 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hamilton , the hip-hop musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton that's received rave reviews, has just hit Broadway (currently in previews, it officially opens Aug. 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre) and soon, it will be hitting a store near ...

  12. B.o.B, Bun B & 2 Chainz Take Over 2014 A3C Festival

    October 15, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Hip-hop fans flocked to Atlanta this past week for the 10th annual A3C Festival, which proved to be bigger than ever. Over the course of five days (Oct. 8 through 12), the festival held keynote interviews, panels, showcases and tribute shows acros ...

  13. Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran Backed By The Roots at Philly 4th of July Jam

    July 05, 2014 12:09 PM EDT The Roots worked as the house band for top-selling acts like Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran for its annual free concert Friday in Philadelphia celebrating Independence Day. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlight ...

  14. Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel Rework 'Let It Go' Using Classroom Instruments: Watch

    March 04, 2014 2:45 AM EST Idina Menzel has had a whirlwind 24 hours. After the Frozen showstopper "Let It Go" won the Academy Award for original song Sunday, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots recruited Menzel for the latest performance using classroom instruments on Mon ...

  15. Roots Picnic 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    June 04, 2012 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Day two of Philadelphia's fifth annual Roots Picnic came with a couple of problems. The weather was uncooperative -- an afternoon downpour delayed the main stage sets and sent the entire crowd inside the already-cramped dance tent. To make matt ...

  16. Music, Laughs Served Up at 'Larry's Country Diner'

    May 24, 2012 2:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 There is a show business saying about knowing your audience. Larry Black definitely knows the country audience. Since the mid 1990s, he has been the brainpower behind the wildly successful "Country's Family Reunion" DVD series. He als ...

  17. Video: Watch President Obama Slow-Jam the News With The Roots on 'Jimmy Fallon'

    April 25, 2012 10:08 AM EDT When "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" headed to the University of North Carolina for special taping on Tuesday (Apr. 24), the show received a very special, powerful guest: President Barack Obama. Among other things, the President turned hi ...

  18. Watch President Obama Slow-Jam The News with The Roots on 'Fallon'

    April 25, 2012 9:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 When "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" headed to the University of North Carolina for special taping on Tuesday (Apr. 24), the show received a very special, powerful guest: President Barack Obama. Among other things, the President turned his ...

  19. Producer Dave Tozer Talks New John Legend Album

    January 25, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 John Legend is in a darker space for his fourth solo studio album. Following the 2008 release of his last solo LP "Evolver" and the socio-political "Wake Up!" collaboration with The Roots , Legend has teamed up yet again with pro ...

  20. S.O.B.'s Annual MLK Day Show Canceled Due to Poor Ticket Sales

    January 17, 2012 3:48 PM EST On Sunday, Jan. 15, something strange happened at S.O.B.'s: for the first time in over a decade, the lower Manhattan club did not host a showcase in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on the night before the national holiday. A ...

  21. The Roots See New Album Becoming a Movie or Play

    December 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Also: Co-Founder Black Thought Regrets 'Misogynistic Tone' of Michele Bachmann Prank The Roots are hoping that their new "Undun," with its strong thematic and narrative string, will become more than just an album in the future. & ...

  22. The Roots Release 'Tip the Scale' Video: Watch

    November 08, 2011 10:06 PM EST 0 0 0 The Roots ' countdown to "Undun" continues with the video for "Tip the Scale." The black-and-white video is the latest preview of the hip-hop mainstays' December-due concept album about a "kid who becomes criminal, ...

  23. The Roots Plotting 'Orchestral' New Album

    June 03, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 For the follow-up to the Roots ' 2010 album, "How I Got Over," drummer ?uestlove says the veteran hip-hop band is planning a "concept album" with orchestral arrangements. "This is going to be our first full-fledged narr ...

  24. Karmin Performs 'Look at Me Now' with the Roots: Watch

    May 07, 2011 2:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Well, look at them now. Karmin, the YouTube sensation known for nailing Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne's flows with alarming skill, joined none other than the Roots onstage at a Tufts University show last weekend -- and of course, the duo captured ...

  25. Jill Scott Reps for Philadelphia in New 'Shame' Video

    April 15, 2011 11:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 Philadelphia's own, Jill Scott , pays homage to her hometown in the visuals for her track "Shame," off her fourth album, "The Light of the Sun." The Devin Hampton-directed video was shot in the Cecil B. Moore Recreaton Cente ...

  26. Video: Stephen Colbert, Taylor Hicks Sing Rebecca Black's 'Friday' on 'Fallon'

    April 02, 2011 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kicking off the weekend in style, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" hosted a fairly incredible performance of Rebecca Black's universally mocked hit "Friday" last night (April 1) that featured Stephen Colbert, Taylor Hicks , th ...

  27. Chuck D, The Roots Rock 'Fight the Power' on 'Fallon'

    March 31, 2011 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chuck D, Eclectic Method and Clyde Stubblefield -- AKA the Copyright Criminals All-Star Bad -- stopped by "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday night (Mar. 29) to play the Public Enemy classic "Fight the Power" alongside members ...

  28. The Roots Draft Nas, Wiz Khalifa for Fourth Philly Picnic

    February 28, 2011 10:11 PM EST 0 0 0 The Roots have drafted Nas , Wiz Khalifa and recent best new artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding for their fourth annual Roots Picnic concert, at hometown venue Festival Pier in Philadelphia, Pa. Also on the bill for the June 4 event are recentl ...

  29. DJ Soul Drops 'Big Pun Tribute' Mixtape

    February 08, 2011 2:41 PM EST 0 0 0 To celebrate his 11th death anniversary yesterday (Feb. 7), friend of the Juice DJ Soul finally dropped his " Big Pun Tribute" mixtape, which originally supposed to drop last year. Soul plans to release the tape on iTunes and donate all th ...

  30. Ghostface Killah's 'Apollo Kids' Track-By-Track

    December 15, 2010 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 After releasing offbeat R&B exploration "Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City" last year, Wu-Tang Clan MC Ghostface Killah returns to creating pummeling street rap with "Apollo Kids," his ninth studio album set for a D ...

  31. John Legend and The Roots 'Wake' Everybody Up

    August 19, 2010 12:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 John Legend and The Roots are rousing everyone up today (Aug. 19) with the first official video from their collaborative album "Wake Up!" Video: John Legend and The Roots' "Wake Up Everybody" The "Wake Up Everybody" ...

  32. Roots Picnic / June 5, 2010 / Philadelphia (Festival Pier at Penn's Landing)

    June 07, 2010 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 In only its third year, the Roots Picnic has established itself as Philadelphia's premiere outdoor summer festival thanks to a mix-and-match collection of bands and relaxed atmosphere. Although a few aggravating scheduling problems threatened t ...

  33. Run-DMC Reunion Out, Wu-Tang In For 2010 Roots Picnic

    May 06, 2010 5:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 A planned reunion gig by Run-DMC at this summer's Roots Picnic has been scrapped, drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson revealed today during a live interview with Billboard.com. Instead, The Roots will serve as backing band for a trio o ...

  34. Vampire Weekend Anchors Third Roots Picnic Fest

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vampire Weekend will headline the third annual Roots Picnic, which will also feature a performance by the Philadelphia-based Roots. The event will be held June 5 at Philadelphia's Festival Pier; tickets go on sale Friday (March 5) via LiveNat ...

  35. Vampire Weekend Anchors Third Roots Picnic Fest

    March 01, 2010 11:07 PM EST 0 0 0 V ampire Weekend will headline the third annual Roots Picnic, which will also feature a performance by the Philadelphia-based Roots plus two associated side projects from drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and rapper Tariq "Black Thou ...

  36. Roots To Debut New Single On 'Jimmy Fallon'

    June 23, 2009 5:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Roots will debut the title track from their upcoming album, "How I Got Over," tomorrow (June 24) on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," where they currently serve as the house band. The group shot a video for the track earlier th ...

  37. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets an international launch. Egrem enters the U.K. market with 10 CDs released through a deal with Beckenham, 2004 - For the first time in its 60-year history, ...

  38. The Roots 'Rise' On Upcoming Album

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Roots' ?uestlove and Black Thought hosted a private listening session on Thursday (March 6th) of their upcoming 10th album, "Rising Down," set for an April 29 release via Def Jam. "Rising" features guest appearances fr ...

  39. Styles P Preps 'Supa' Solo CD, Lox Reunion Disc

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A new solo album and a fresh LOX effort means we'll be hearing a lot from New York rapper Styles P in the near future. A new solo album and a fresh LOX effort means we'll be hearing a lot from New York rapper Styles P in the near future. T ...

  40. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets an international launch. Egrem enters the U.K. market with 10 CDs released through a deal with Beckenham, 2004 - For the first time in its 60-year history, ...

  41. Prince, Andre 3000 Bolster West's 'Never Forget'

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dr. Cornel West's upcoming album, "Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations," touches down at a time when renewed debate over hip-hop lyrics and video imaging is still swirling post-Don Imus. Prince, Ta Dr. Cornel West's upcoming a ...

  42. All Politics is Funkalicious

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 I think that it was their detailed account of how the U.S. supported Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war -- told in the form of a butt-bumping block-party dance anthem -- that convinced me the Cou I think that it was their detailed account of ho ...

  43. Vegoose's 'Roots'

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Roots storm the stage at Vegoose. Black Thought of the band the Roots' performs at the Vegoose Music Festival on Oct. 29 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. News Black Thought ...

  44. The Roots / Sept. 27, 2006 / Jacksonville, Fla. (Plush)

    October 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Being routinely called the Best Live Act In Hip-Hop is a little like being the Best Post-WWII Cubs Playoff Team: not only is the talent pool something that could charitably be called shallow, it's pro Being routinely called the Best Live Act In ...

  45. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>New York's hip-hop community comes out at New York's New Age Cabaret in support of the Black August Hip-Hop Collective. The organization's third-annual benefit concert features appearanc 2004 - For the first ...

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