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Hip-Hop History: The Roots - “Silent Treatment”

​Classic relationship rhymes from The Roots off 1995’s Do You Want More?!!!??! Watch

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Hip-Hop History: The Roots ft. Erykah Badu - You Got Me

​Philly-to-the-Universe legends The Roots with songwriting from Jill Scott and the haunting vocals of E. Badu. From the 1999 release Things Fall Apart. Watch

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Hip-hop Wisdom: Yasiin Bey

Yasiin Bey, known for most of his career as Mos Def, has helped shape the dialogue and definition of hip-hop, both musically and politically for nearly… Read

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The Roots feat. Patty Crash, “Never”

Haunting vocals from Patty Crash permeate The Roots’ latest single from ...and then you shoot your cousin, an atmospheric track with a surreal and nightmarish… Watch

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The Roots feat. Dice Raw, Greg Porn, “Understand”

​The next video from the Legendary Roots Crew’s new concept album ...and then you shoot your cousin features everything you’d expect sonically from The… Watch

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The Roots feat. Greg Porn, “When The People Cheer”

​Jokes aside for now as The Roots grind again for their next major release, ...and then you shoot your cousin, with the video for the pre-release single unveiled. Watch

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Future feat. Pusha T, “Move That Doh” Live on Fallon

​Future and Pusha T show off their new track on Fallon, with, like always, The Roots lending a hand. Off of his latest album, Honest. Watch

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Nas feat. Q-Tip, “One Love” Live on Fallon

This is a gem. With Q-Tip (the track’s original producer) to his right, Nas performs his classic with live instrumentals, including a kalimba and upright bass,… Watch

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Kanye West, “Bound 2” Live on Fallon

​Charlie Wilson and The Roots supports Kanye West, as he makes an unexpected appearance on Fallon, playing the one non-abrasive track off of Yeezus. Watch

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Mac Miller, “S.D.S.” Live on Fallon

Mac Miller adopts a bit of Jamaican patois into his voice for this rendition with The Roots, whose interpretation of FlyLo’s backing track is faithful but nicely… Watch

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Ice Cube, “It Was A Good Day” Live on Fallon

​It’s been a bit over 20 years since Ice Cube released “It Was A Good Day”, and the moment is celebrated by Cube with this nationally televised version of the… Watch

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The Roots serenade Obama on Fallon, make student loans sound sexy

President Obama makes an unexpected stop on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon the other night, and with Jimmy and The Roots on support, they make student interest… Read

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Sasquatch! Festival 2012 features The Roots, Childish Gambino, Shabazz Palaces

The Sasquatch! Festival in the hinterlands of Washington state this year will have a heavy dose of hip-hop with The Roots, Childish Gambino, Shabazz Palaces,… Read

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Questlove and Black Thought interviews with VEVO

Questlove and Black Thought sat down with the folks at VEVO and three videos from the session were posted on YouTube today. In the clip above, Black Thought… Read

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NPR posts the entire Roots album online before its release

undun is the thirteenth album by The Roots, and their first concept album, telling the story (abstractly) of a (fictional) Redford Stephens, who died at the… Read

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Just when you think you can’t respect The Roots even more…

The Roots played Fishbone’s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” as the walk-on song for Tea Party Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s introduction on Jimmy Fallon. … Read

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Outside Lands SF 2011 Lineup Revealed

San Francisco’s big summer music festival, Outside Lands, just released their lineup for 2011. Hip-hop is well-represented again, and features among the… Read