Over the weekend, the rapper Sean Price took to Twitter to propose a collaboration album between his own Brooklyn-based Boot Camp Clik hip-hop crew and Staten Island's mighty Wu-Tang Clan. The idea has been received rapturously. But then again, theoretical hip-hop supergroups usually are. Rap's hi ... More >>
Black Thought greets his (overflowing) public. Photos by Nicole Ankowski, more below.The Roots and friends
Prospect Park Bandshell
Sunday, July 11
Welcome to another preposterously well-attended Celebrate Brooklyn! fete, David Byrne-ian in its excess of humanity, thousands upon thousa ... More >>
For a band with such a wonderful sense of the moment, and such a savvy instinct for artistic fellow travelers--be they Jay-Z, the Dirty Projectors, or Ringo Starr--the Roots sure do make crushingly boring singles. This one, which goes in over Monsters of Folk's "Dear God"--perhaps the most randoml ... More >>
Ladies and Gentleman, from the same people who brought you the infamous "September 11th was a joke" Public Enemy correction, it's...a new member of the Roots! Specifically, famous actor Giovanni Ribisi on bass! Or not at all! Let's parse.
So if you're keeping track, there was yesterday's impromptu "Grindin'" remix in a Late Night rehearsal closet, the official-yet-web-only "Grindin'" in-studio (Jimmy calls it an "oldie but a goodie"), and now the official, broadcast version of the Clipse doing "Popular Demand" on Late Night With Ji ... More >>
"Good looking out man, word up"--always nice to thank your hosts. No surprise the Roots and Raekwon are a winning combination, especially on "Catalina," and even more especially with Black Thought guesting. I dunno, what's left to say? Best year for rap on television that's not BET or MTV ever? So ... More >>
Somebody tell Puja how to do this.
Greenhouse is one of those places that make us normal folks nervous. While some revel in the exclusivity of red-roped clubs, the thought of waiting in a felt-carpeted line doesn't exactly thrill me--over-glammed Jersey girls, statuesque Chelsea boys, and men with ... More >>
Every year, the BET Hip-Hop Awards--the 2009 edition of which aired last night--round up three or four different rapper cyphers, taped off-site and with somewhat counterintuitive gangs of MCs going in with what are ostensibly freestyles. Last year, Jadakiss, Fabolous, Juelz Santana, and Ace Hood t ... More >>
Exhibit #452a in the case for the endless versatility of the Roots, Black Thought in particular: Jimmy Fallon's house band doing an ace, mega-gruff version of WWE star Triple H's entrance music, Black Thought cracking up while simultaneously screaming BOW DOWN TO THE GAME as even the Game himself ... More >>
So yeah, the upshot here is that 3 minutes or so into this 7th Floor West clip you get to see ?uestlove of the Roots execute maybe the most reluctant limbo of all time, with a humiliating assist from a big inflatable beach ball. Also, Black Thought in Swimmies. [Late Night with Jimmy Fallon]
More proof that Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is targeted straight at rap nerds: Mos Def and Jimmy Fallon spontaneously covering Run-DMC's "It's Tricky." Also: points to Mos Def for doing the classic shutting-down-the-white-guy-rapping thing after like nine seconds. Below, Mos and the Roots do "Ca ... More >>
Yeah, it was Philly, but so what--SOTC special correspondent Christopher R. Weingarten reports.
viaThe Roots, mid-jam
The Roots, Public Enemy, Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, TV on the Radio, and More
Festival Pier, Philadelphia
June 6, 2009
The second annual Roots Picnic, an eclectic fete held on the Illa ... More >>
Shades of the Stevie Wonder/Jonas Brothers Grammys debacle here--C'MON STEVIE! SHOW 'EM WHAT YOU GOT STEVIE!, etc. Back when Fallon's show started, we fretted about the eventual reality of the Roots--live rap royalty if there ever was such a thing--being forced to play hypemen for the Soulja Boys ... More >>
Actual seduction not depicted, but you should be grateful, trust me.
If you've not had the pleasure of one of the Roots' jam sessions at Highline Ballroom, know first of all that "jam" is taken very literally: They're more or less just fucking around, learning how to play Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" ... More >>
The Roots have been much mocked over their long run as rap's resident jam band, the noodling blank slate on which bad-dancing white kids projected their hopes and dreams. A friend called them facilitators. That they are, but the what of it has changed over the years, and not always for the better- ... More >>
It did not occur until just now that the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon makes this particular 30 Rock soundstage into absolute ground zero for live rap. You now have arguably hip-hop's best live act, in residence: willing and able support for anybody with an album out. Jay-Z. Nas. T.I. Blac ... More >>
Dude is actually pretty funny. (Credit: Chad Griffith)
Let it be known that within 15 minutes of the first episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, ?uestlove was providing drum-rolls for an audience-participation game called "Lick It for 10," wherein some kid from Staten Island was goaded into lic ... More >>