Bittersweet

The Roots – “Bittersweet”

“It all goes down sweet, til the bitter end.” The Roots‘s latest release, “Bittersweet,” is a two-part song released in conjunction with Stella Artois. While the first part has a more “sweet” feel to it, the second part has a more dark aura. Stella explains: “What does a sound taste like? Experience Bittersweet by The . . .

Champion

Stream The Roots’s 2016 NBA Finals anthem, “Champion”

The NBA Conference Finals have gone a lot differently than expected. No matter who ends up making it to the final series of the year, we can count on The Roots‘s “Champion” to be played during the culminating series. This is the most air time that Philadelphia will probably get in the NBA Finals for . . .

heavn
New Music May 11  |  

Jamila Woods floats over The Roots production on “Heavn”

Jamila Woods puts it all on the line with her jazzy new release, “Heavn.” Featuring crisp production by The Roots, it finds the Chicago native exploring her own meaning of love and happiness. Jamila’s vocals aren’t particularly powerful, but they are alluring nonetheless. Stream “Heavn” below, and check out the previously release “blk girl soldier” . . .

the roots picnic 2016

Future, Usher & Leon Bridges to Headline The Roots Picnic 2016

The Roots Picnic 2016 seems to have a solid lineup on the way, with Future, Usher and Leon Bridges set to be the headlining acts. The picnic takes place in Philadelphia on June 4th, and is of course backed by The Roots. Other acts include Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada, Kehlani, Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin, Migos, and Lil Dicky. . . .

Daniel Radcliffe
New Music Oct 29  |  

Daniel Radcliffe & The Roots Cover Blackalicious’s “Alphabet Aerobics”

When you think about Daniel Radcliffe, things like Harry Potter probably come to mind. Things like “amazing rap performances” are probably a bit further back on the list. It would seem that most of us were in the dark, until the British actor took to the stage on the Jimmy Fallon show to perform his . . .

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle Announces New York City Shows With The Roots, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu

Say it ain’t so. About a decade ago, Dave Chappelle was dominating the comedy scene. He’s still regarded as one of the most impactful comedians of this generation. After an extended period of time away from the stage, Dave Chappelle is set to co-headline shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York, alongside The . . .

...and then you shoot your cousin

The Roots – “…and then you shoot your cousin” Album Review

Grammy-winning Philadelphia band The Roots has a career that spans well over 20 years, and during those years they have created several solo albums, collaborative albums with John Legend, Betty Wright, and Elvis Costello. They have also been the official house band on Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show since 2009. …and then you shoot your cousin is . . .

Understand

The Roots – “Understand” Video

The Roots’ new animated video for “Understand” is generally devoid of one key feature; people. Directed by Joe Baughman, the video consists of a dark story illustrated by claymation. We’re transported to a creepy church of some sort, complete with coffins, wines, and self-operating organs. The song features a grim, reflective chorus that muses, “people . . .

…and then you shoot your cousin

The Roots – “…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin” Album Stream

The Roots‘ …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin album is slated to drop on May 19th via Def Jam, but you can stream it a full week early thanks to the mighty internet. This will be the first full project that the Roots have debuted in nearly three years. …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin . . .

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The Roots ft. Raheem DeVaughn – “Tomorrow”

As The Roots prepare their fans for the debut of their forthcoming album, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, they debut a new record featuring Raheem DeVaughn entitled “Tomorrow.” Raheem is actually the only vocalist on the record, as The Roots focus their attention to crafting more of the jazzy, hip-hop-influenced music that fans have . . .

When The People Cheer

The Roots – “When The People Cheer”

It’s good to know that despite their newfound larger audience courtesy of the Jimmy Fallon show, The Roots are still actively creating more of the music that we’ve loved them for over the years. “When The People Cheer” is an introspective, moody track set to appear on the Philadelphia band’s forthcoming LP, And Then You Shoot . . .

Bill Cosby
Events Nov 24  |  

Video: The Roots Are Forced To Audition For Bill Cosby’s Funeral

You know you’re old and famous when you’re talking with The Roots about your funeral on national television, The Jimmy Fallon Show to be specific. This likely won’t happen to anyone but Bill Cosby, and I couldn’t think of anyone more entertaining to be the subject of such a discussion than Bill Cosby. The Roots . . .

Sesame Street
EventsNew Music Sep 27  |  

Video: Jimmy Fallon and The Roots Sesame Street Theme Song Remake

I never thought I’d see ?uestlove and Big Bird sharing the stage together, but here we are. Jimmy Kimmel and The Roots team up with some of your favorite childhood Sesame Street characters to remake their infamous theme song. Is this borderline cheesy? Yes. Does Black Thought save the day? Yes. The Philadelphia emcee is . . .

wise up ghost
New Music Sep 9  |  

Album Stream: Elvis Costello & The Roots – “Wise Up Ghost”

The Roots began as one of the best live hip-hop bands, and have since expanded into uncharted territory after their addition to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. English singer/songwriter Elvis Costello was so impressed by the Philadelphia icons that he recruited them for his new album, Wise Up Ghost, which drops September 17th via Blue . . .

hpnotiq iconiq
New Music Sep 13  |  

Hpnotiq pays homage to its hip-hop roots with ‘Hpnotiq Iconiq Mixtape Vol. 1’

Hpnotiq was created in 2001. The blue liquer gained popularity through association with hip-hop superstars such as Diddy, Jay Z, Kanye West, and Missy Elliott. It was immortalized in the opening line of F.L.Y.’s “Swag Surfin” – “I’m on Hpnotiq, exotic. This polo on my body.” It’s only right that the brand has returned to . . .