The Roots

May
16
Video: The Roots – ‘Understand’

Phantom Organ

Following “When the People Cheer,” The Roots go on another claymation adventure in the dark video for “Understand” featuring Dice Raw and Greg Porn.

Directed by Joe Baughman, the animated short takes place in a church and stars a cut-up Benjamin Franklin that journeys through life in a pine box before eventually meeting its maker. The creepy clip also features a phantom organ and a coffin-making factory.

On Monday, The Roots will release their 14th album …and then you shoot your cousin.

See their vision come to life in the unconventional clip.

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May
13
Stream The Roots’ New Album ‘…and then you shoot your cousin’

...and then you shoot your cousin

A week before its release, The Roots have made their entire 11th album available to stream via Pitchfork Advance. Questlove, Black Thought, and the rest of the legendary crew assemble 11 tracks, with appearances from Raheem DeVaughn, Dice Raw, and Patty Crash.

“It’s another concept album in the spirit of Undun, but it’s not just about just one kind of character, we create quite a few different characters in this record,” Black Thought told XXL. “It’s satire, but in that satire it’s an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the hip-hop community, but in the community.”

The Roots will present their album live during two performances at The Public Theater in NYC tonight and tomorrow. They will also perform with some special guests at Hot 97′s Summer Jam on June 1.

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Apr
28
New Music: The Roots f/ Raheem DeVaughn – ‘Tomorrow’

...and then you shoot your cousin

Just days after giving us the tracklisting, The Roots unleash another new song off their upcoming 11th album …and then you shoot your cousin, due May 19.

Questlove, Black Thought, and the rest of the legendary crew tap R&B crooner Raheem DeVaughn for the piano-driven “Tomorrow.”

Stream the five-minute track below.

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Apr
24
Tracklisting: The Roots – ‘…and then you shoot your cousin’

...and then you shoot your cousin

It’s hard to believe it’s been over 20 years since The Roots made their debut. Questlove, Black Thought, and the rest of the legendary crew show no signs of slowing down as they gear up to release their 11th album …and then you shoot your cousin.

Due May 19, the follow-up to 2011′s Undun features 12 tracks including the single “When the People Cheer,” which debuted earlier this month.

In between their nightly appearances on “The Tonight Show,” the band will jam with some famous friends at Hot 97′s Summer Jam on June 1 and the BET Experience in L.A. on June 28.

See the tracklisting below.

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Apr
24
Future and Pusha T Perform ‘Move That Dope’ on ‘Tonight Show’

Pusha T and Future

Ah, push it. With his sophomore album Honest in stores this week, Future paid a visit to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday. The Freebandz rapper was joined by G.O.O.D. Music’s own Pusha T and The Roots for a performance of his Mike WiLL Made It-produced single “Move That Dope.”

Honest is expected to sell 45-50,000 copies in its first week, according to HITS Daily Double.

Watch them turn up on “The Tonight Show.”

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Apr
14
Album Cover: The Roots – ‘…and then you shoot your cousin’

...and then you shoot your cousin

The worlds of art and hip-hop collide on the cover of The Roots’ upcoming album …and then you shoot your cousin. The artwork features a reproduction of Romare Bearden’s 1964 mixed media collage “Pittsburgh Memory.”

The project, whose title was inspired by KRS-One, arrives May 19 featuring the single “When the People Cheer,” which debuted last week.

In between their nightly appearances on “The Tonight Show,” The Roots will play Hot 97′s Summer Jam with some friends on June 1.

What do you think of The Roots’ cover art? Weigh in below.

Apr
7
Nas Performs with Q-Tip and The Roots on ‘The Tonight Show’

Q-Tip and Nas

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his seminal debut Illmatic, Nas stopped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday. With some help from Q-Tip and The Roots, the hip-hop icon delivered his ’90s classic “One Love.”

They kept the jam session going after the show, performing “The World Is Yours” as a web exclusive.

If you’re at Coachella this weekend, you can catch Nas performing Illmatic in its entirety.

His anniversary compilation Illmatic XX, which features rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles, arrives April 15.

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