A creative new offering from The Roots called “Bittersweet”, commissioned by beer maker Stella Artois, has just landed. Released in A-side and B-side versions that feature the same Black Thought verses but two different styles of production, the track is available now for your listening pleasure. Check out both versions.
Earlier today ESPN debuted a commercial for the upcoming NBA finals featuring The Roots. Now the full track has been released for your listening pleasure. Check out The Roots “Champion” (2016 NBA Finals Theme Song) below. With the conference championships still raging on both coasts, this should get you in the mood for the finals.
The De La Soul don Maseo laid down a live mix in NYC last week, and kept things sufficiently proper with cuts from The Roots, Jay Z, James Brown, Redman and more rare breaks than you’ve never heard of. The mix fills a full 90 minutes. Listen to the mix above and let us know what you think.
Truck North comes through with the mixtape, In Case You Missed It. Mixed by DJ Cuzzin B, In Case You Missed It is made up of 21 tracks of performances from Truck on songs by The Roots, Little Brother, and The Money Making Jam Boys. The tape also features a grip of loose freestyles from Truck. Take a trip through North$ide’s catalog, and look for some new jawns coming soon.
It ain’t DETOX (or whatever it’s called now), but this newly leaked track from Dr. Dre is still cause for celebration. With Jeremih on the Erykah Badu sampling hook and a verse from Kendrick Lamar circa 2011, “2Nite” is four minutes of crisp drums, heavy filters, and sexually charged lyrics. Stream it and let us know what you think.
Later this year iconic English singer/songwriter Elvis Costello will release a collaborative album alongside The Roots entitled Wise Up Ghost, a project initially teased by Questlove back in January. Now, American jazz label Blue Note Records presents the first single from the forthcoming project, a track dubbed “Walk Us UPTOWN.” Clocking in at just over three-minutes in length, the piece does well to pair Costello’s distinctive vocals, presented here in slightly distorted fashion, with the Philadelphia-founded outfit’s neo-soul instrumentation. Stay tuned for more from Wise Up Ghost, which is due out on September 17.
Roots Picnic is almost here! This year Philly’s own Cosmo Baker has blessed Okayplayer with his prodigious talents and midas phonographic touch in assembling the Official Roots Picnic 2013 Mixtape, featuring picnic jams from all the Artists on the bill including The Roots, Naughty By Nature, DJ Premier, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, How To Dress Well, Trinidad James, Solange Knowles and a grip more (scroll down for the full tracklisting).
Cosmo Baker x Okayplayer Present The Official Roots Picnic Mixtape 2013 Tracklist:
DJ Premier “Young Gifted & Black Intro”
Gang Starr “Full Clip”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Thrift Shop”
The Roots “Dynamite”
How To Dress Well “Running Back”
Sonnymoon feat. Melo-X “Htlv (Houstatlantavegas) (Melo-X Remix)”
Naughty By Nature “Hip-Hop (DJ Scene 2013 Remix)
Trinidad James “All Gold Everything (Emynd NOLA Bounce Remix)
Robert Glasper “Black Radio feat. Yasin Bey (Pete Rock Remix)”
The Gaslamp Killer “Anything Worse”
The Roots “The Seed 2.0″
Solange “Losing You”
Jennah Bell “Monster Killer”
Solange “Sandcastle Disco”
The Roots “How I Got Over”
Duck Sauce “Grand Steppin”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Can’t Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton”
A-Trak “Tuna Melt feat. Tommy Trash (Grandtheft Remix)”
Jay-Z & Kanye “Niggas In Paris”
Trinidad James “Females Welcome”
AraabMuzik “The Prince Is Coming”
The Gaslamp Killer “Impulse feat. Daedelus”
Kendrick Lamar “Backseat Freestyle”
A$AP Rocky “Goldie”
Gang Starr “Above The Clouds feat. Inspectah Deck”
Robert Glasper “Twice feat. Solange (?uestlove’s Twice Baked Remix)”
Gary Clark Jr. “The Life”
Joey Bada$$ “Waves”
Naughty By Nature “Jamboree feat. Zhane”
Smoke DZA “Gotham City feat. Joey Bada$$”
AraabMuzik “Hammer Dance”
The Roots “Act Too… The Love Of My Life feat. Common”
Shlohmo “Don’t Say No feat. How To Dress Well”
Tyler, The Creator tickles the ivories, while Coco from Quadron croons a torch song and The Roots provide some backative, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the lounge act that will provide the live soundtrack to your oddest future dreams. Welcome to Jimmy’s Jazz Joint, please leave a dollar in the glass bowl on top of the piano if you enjoy the music and here, sip on this. Seriously, this live clip of Tyler’s appearance with the Legendary on the set of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, a medley of “TreeHome” and “Domo 23″ gets less surreal when the rap segment kicks in.
While he was in town, Tyler also chopped it with the Juan Epstein crew at Hot97 aka Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg. After sleepily addressing Peter Rosenberg as Paul, they engage in a lively debate about Frank Ocean’s performance at the Grammys, and the proper/improper uses of the N-word. Scroll down to watch after the Fallon performance.
The Philly-famous event series called Jam House descends on Planet Brooklyn tonight Wednesday October 17th, all thanks to headliner and host with most Dice Raw of the legendary Roots crew. For the uninitiated, Jam House is a weekly “Rat-Pack style” Hip-Hop jam session and tonight’s NYC Grand Opening brings the successful formula from South Street to the county of Kings, topping off a bill that includes The Wurxs, Rone, Mazon, Patty Crash, Yazz The Greatest & more. Get more info and purchase advance tix from Jam House and SRB Brooklyn.
This Saturday September 22nd, The Roots will be joining alt-rock giants The Afghan Whigs to headline the second day of the 3-day musical happening known as I’ll Be Your Mirror All Tomorrow’s Parties. The entire line-up for the evening–which also includes Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires, Jose Gonzalez, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, Jeff The Brotherhood, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Jospeh Arthur, Vetiver, Afterhours plus a DJ set from ?uestlove–was curated my Greg Dulli of the Whigs. The event actually kicks off the night before (Friday 9.21) with a headlining set from as well as appearances from Philip Glass x Tyondai Braxton and comic Janeane Garofalo and then continues through Sunday (9/23). It all goes down on the East River at Pier 36 in Manhattan.
Friday 21st curated by ATP:
PHILIP GLASS & TYONDAI BRAXTON
LEE RANALDO’S ‘Hanging Guitar”
Saturday 22nd curated by Greg Dulli:
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
MARK LANEGAN BAND
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD
CHARLES BRADLEY AND THE EXTRAORDINAIRES
Sunday 23rd curated by ATP:
GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
THE MAGIC BAND
THEE OH SEES
THE ALBUM LEAF
THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT
QUINTRON AND MISS PUSSYCAT
DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN
Besides all the action that took place at Philly’s 4th of July Jam, DJ Jazzy Jeff literally had a camera team with him to capture an inside glimpse of the festival. Watch Jazzy rehearse with The Roots, bring the roof down with his PSK-set, kick it backstage and of course hold down the 1′s and 2′s for everyone from Queen Latifah to Common to the Legendary.
Frank Ocean turns out this sublime composition “Bad Religion” with a little help from The Roots–and a full string ensemble. Pretty damn epic on it’s own merits but it’s place in r&b history is doubly secured with Ocean’s surprise announcement of the early digital release of his new LP Channel Orange, timed with this appearance. Watch above, stream the whole thing here and then purchase on iTunes.
If there’s one lesson we all took away from this year’s Roots Picnic, it’s this, Rakim ain’t no joke. After a historic performance of the rap classic Paid In Full LP from front to back, Rakim Allah sat down to build with Okayplayer TV backstage. Besides teasing not one but TWO new projects–his own solo album and a Paid In Full 25th Anniversary LP–Rakim shared his thoughts on the live aspects of Hip-Hop. His own emphasis on lyricism (“I think if i sat down on stage and spit with the same intensity (the fans) wouldn’t care…”) is maybe not surprising,coming from the original rapper’s rapper. But what did surprise us was when Ra shared his vision that live instrumentation is the future of Hip-Hop, expressing a slightly wistful note that more bands hadn’t followed in The Roots footsteps: “I was hoping that I was gonna see…an explosion of that.” It’s not too late, y’all. Watch the magic unfold above and then go pick up a pen. Or a saxophone.
Kaboom. This weekend kicks off the Summer festival season and next weekend is a little jamboree, the 5th Annual Roots Picnic. To give you a sampling of the amazing cross-section of the live music that will unfold over the 2-day affair at Penn’s Landing festival pier in Philly–and provide you with picnic jams for Memorial Day Weekend and beyond–we asked Philly’s finest DJ Low Budget AKA Lowbeezy to cut together a mix that showed the range of artists on the bill (The Roots, De La Soul, Kid Cudi, Rakim, Major Lazer, James Murphy, Diplo, Shabazz Palaces, Tune-Yards, Danny Brown & More!).
Lowbeezy–who first came to national prominence as 1/2 of Philly’s Hollertronix crew with partner Diplo–might just be the only DJ alive who could do play such an amazing cross-section of styles and do it justice–beaucoups respect to him for turning it out with creativity and flare. He killt it and this is definitely going to be our soundtrack for the Summer, and we hope yours as well.
The Lesson Part III/Paid In Full blend – The Roots/Eric B & Rakim
The Next Movement- The Roots
Ego Trippin-De La Soul
Paid In Full b/w Stay cool – Eric B & Rakim
It Ain’t All Good b/w Don’t Look any Further (Low B Blend Up)- De la Soul/Dennis Edwards
Adenaline (Beanie’s Verse) – The Roots
That Tree (Low Beezy’s Midnight Mona Lisa Mix)- Kid Cudi
I Know You Got Soul b/w Slight Work (Low B Blend Up) – Eric B & Rakim/Wale/Diplo
That’s The Way – Wale & Dorrough
Express Yourself – DIplo Feat. Nicky B
Danger – Major Lazer Feat. The Beastie Boys & Santigold
Gangsta _ The TuneYards
Galactus (Emynd Remix) – Mr MF’n Exsquire
Swerve… The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding) -Shabazz Palaces
My Melody b/w Clones (Low B Blend Up) – Eric B. & Rakim/The Roots
Oooh b/w Sister Wife Star Slinger Remix (Low B Blend Up) – De La Soul feat Redman/ Alex Winston
Freaks N’ Geeks (Star Slinger Remix) – Childish Gambino
Get Free (Why So Not Remix) w/Die Like a Rockstar (Low B Blend Up) -Major Lazer Feat Amber/Danny Brown
Wit It/Harlem Shake (Low B Blendup) – Danny Brown/Baauerr
Piss Test – A-Track, Juicy J, &Danny Brown
All Tonight – Chill Moody
City Luuks (Kid Sister x Flosstradamus x Symmetry) – The Hood Internet
Luuk Out Girl – Flosstradamus feat. Kid Sister
Horsey (Diplo) – SwizzyMack (Philly Club remix)
Hood Fantasy – Flosstradamus
Original Don (Major Lazer) – Dj Sliink (Jersey Club Remix)
Yeah (Clap-a-Pella)- LCD Soundsystem
Yeah – LCD Soundsystem
Dr. Pill – WZRD (Kid Cudi)
Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood – St. Vincent
Powa b/w Purple Swag (Low B Blendup) – The Tuneyards/ASAP Rocky