Playlist, Video

Weekend Visuals: Playlist 217

Your weekend playlist of the videos you should be watching.

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Album Review, Emcee, Issues

Twenty Years Later: Illmatic

Story originally published on The 5th Element Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 Issue Do you remember Hip-Hop in 1994? Some key events may come to mind:  Warren G heralded the G-Funk era previously established by Dr. Dre, with his West Coast anthem, “Regulate.” Southern hip-hop flourished with OutKast’s debut and the release of Scarface’s The Diary . […]

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Emcee, Media, Video

Game of Thrones Rap From The Roots is a Must Watch

Winter is coming for the upcoming season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones and The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter is bringing the heat with this catch-up rap. Too dope. Will you be watching this season? Which character will reign supreme? Dear Jimmy, can Tariq rap all the new episode recaps for GoT? “…folks are loving […]

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Emcee

Peep This: Ludacris x The Roots – “What’s Your Fantasy”

Ludacris showed up to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to promote his newest record, “Ludaversal,” and dub a live performance of its single, “Grass is Always Greener.” But what notched our attention was this warm-up performance of one of his biggest hits, “What’s Your Fantasy,” backed by none other than the Roots. […]

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Events, Lifestyle

Converse Partners with Musicians to Create Free Music Samples and Support MyMusicRX Program

Converse and James Poyser (bassist for The Roots), Daru Jones and Dominic Davis (drummer and bassist for Jack White’s band) and Luther Dickinson.(lead guitarist and vocalist for the North Mississippi Allstars; former lead guitarist for The Black Crowes) came together Friday (Feb.6) at the Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio in Los Angeles to support MyMusicRx, a one-of-a-kind pediatric “music medicine” program. […]

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Emcee

Peep This: Nas x Q-Tip x The Roots Perform on Jimmy Fallon

Whatever Illuminati-fountain-of-youth-elixir that Pharrell and apparently Nas and Q-Tip have access to, we want in. Does the blogger-Illuminati not have a connect or what?! Anyway, a week away from the drop of his special edition 20th anniversary “Illmatic XX,” Nas and Q-Tip paid a visit to Jimmy Fallon and the Roots last night to remind […]

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Emcee

Jam On It: The Roots – When The People Cheer

Our favorite purveyors of that ill headnodic from The Illadelph, The legendary Roots crew, have their 11th studio album on the horizon entitled “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin”, which is being lead off with their latest single, “When The People Cheer”.  Enlisting the rhyme stylings of Greg Porn to accompany Black Thought, the track […]

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Events, Issues, Lifestyle, Media

And the 2013 BET Award nominees are…

Today, the BET Network announced the nominees for the 13th annual BET Awards to be held at Nokia Theatre on June 30. The press conference kicked off with BETs President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen Hill, taking the mic to introduce the first ever BET Experience.  If you haven’t heard by now, the BET […]

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