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Questlove Goes On A Quest For Musical Culture In Cuba (Video)

Questlove performed in Cuba this past month a couple days after President Obama’s meeting with Raul Castro at the Summit of The Americas in Panama. A video, “Quest For Cuba” shows The Roots

Built 4 Cuban Links…Questlove DJs In Havana With Culture Sharing In Mind

In global news, it was announced today via a spokesperson for The Roots that Questlove has recently returned from two DJ nights in Havana, Cuba. The Roots drummer/producer/DJ appeared on

Ludacris’ Personal Revelations Come To Life With The Roots’ Support (Video)

Ludacris truly seems to have something special with Ludaversal (March 31). The DTP founder’s most honest, most vulnerable, and most courageous album to date comes at a time when Heads

G-Unit With The Roots? Why Hasn’t This Happened Before? (Video)

For the last 15 years—and pretty much always—G-Unit and The Roots have been across the room from each other in Hip-Hop. While 50 Cent and Questlove are two of the

Give the Drummer Some. Questlove Raps & Freestyles on a Deep Roots Cut (Video)

Questlove is from an era when some great producers were equally phenomenal rappers. Large Professor, Diamond D, Lord Finesse, DJ Quik, and Andre 3000 are just some of the double-threat

Ever See This Freestyle with Black Thought, Phife & Consequence From 1997 (Video)

Here’s a look back at a cipher between Black Thought, Phife Dawg and Consequence. The three MCs flowed off the top (for the most part) over a vicious beatbox, courtesy

Black Thought Says The Roots Are Free Agents. Will They Go Independent?

In a recording career that’s nearly 25 years long, The Roots have really dealt with only two labels: Geffen Records and Def Jam Records. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hip-Hop band has

J Dilla, Common & James Poyser Caught On Questlove’s Camera, Working In The Studio (Video)

One of the definitive albums of J Dilla’s career was not his own, but rather, Common’s Like Water For Chocolate. Comm’s first LP out of the No I.D. and Dug

Celebrate J. Dilla’s Birthday with a Look Back at an Extended Interview of Him (Video)

Happy birthday to J. Dilla, who would have turned 41 years old today. As the world continues to be blessed with a seemingly bottomless treasure trove of Dilla’s beats, posthumously,

An Animated Action Bronson Guest Stars on Lucas Bros. Moving Co. (Video)

Action Bronson and Questlove made guest appearances last night on FXX’s animated series Lucas Bros. Moving Co. The show is built around Kenny and Keith Lucas, twin brothers who are

Do Remember: The Roots – Silent Treatment (Video)

In the last week, The Roots’ sophomore album Do You Want More?!!!??! turned 20 years old. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania band’s first foray with the Top 200 and the charts altogether,

The Roots Reflect On The 20th Anniversary Of do you want more?!!!??! (Video)

January 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of The Roots official major-label debut album, do you want more?!!!??! (there is a discrepancy as to whether the release date was January 10th or

Joey Bada$$ Rocks His Dilla & Roots-Produced Track With The Roots (Video)

Quite curiously, Joey Bada$$’s debut album, B4.Da.$$ (January 20) includes a track co-produced by The Roots, and the late J Dilla. While the snippets of the Sony Red-distributed LP were

D’Angelo’s One-Hour 2014 AFROPUNK FEST Performance, In Full (Video)

After a career that could be described as largely dormant for more than a decade, 2014 was the great wake-up for D’Angelo’s output. While the closing month of the year

Questlove Animates His Journey To Eat Patti Labelle’s Soul Cooking (Video)

Beyond a drummer, DJ, musical supervisor, and producer, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a foodie. Followers of the Grammy Award-winning Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native’s social platforms know, as well as his friends

D’Angelo’s Black Messiah Hits Stores Tonight. Here Are Details and a Review.

The wait is over. After nearly 15 years since the release of his Voodoo album, D’Angelo and The Vanguard’s Black Messiah LP will hit stores at midnight (12/15). We were

Jon Stewart Looks Back At Premiering The Roots On TV In 1995 (Video)

In the last 15 years, Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” has been a destination for some Hip-Hop-savvy performances. Sitting down with another TV host Head, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart looked

Chris Rock Says Pootie Tang Is His Junior M.A.F.I.A. LP, Debates PM Dawn’s & J Dilla’s Impact (Audio)

If you enjoyed Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan naming their Top 5 MCs in honor of the film, Top 5, you’ll love this. Chris Rock, joined by Questlove, swung through

Lecrae & The Roots Tear It Down Like It’s Nuthin’ (Video)

Lecrae’s “Nuthin'” is one of the talking points from Anomaly. The Reach Records star with a #1 album isn’t holding his tongue about his Rap peers on the single, but

Public Enemy Performs One Of Their Earliest, Biggest Hits With The Roots (Video)

While 1988 would be the year Public Enemy’s seminal It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, 1987 is integral to the story. That would be the year

Questlove Says That The Late, Great Robin Williams Was A Roots Head

In the last 24 hours, the world mourns the death of Robin Williams. On August 11, the Academy Award-winning film actor, television star, voice-actor, and stand-up comedian was found dead

HuffPost Mashes Up Their Freestyles from Snoop, Black Thought & Wayne Brady (Video)

Oddly, Huffington Post has started collecting freestyles from various guests. You may have caught some, such as Black Thought rhyming over Questlove’s pic and table-driven beat, and now they’ve done

The Roots’ Longtime Manager & Producer Rich Nichols Passes Away

With his name in the liners as far back as Illadelph Halflife, producer Richard Nichols was an integral part of The Roots. Producer, executive, and manager, Nichols was never credited

With Grammys Stacked On The Shelf, The Roots Are Nominated For An Emmy Award

2014 marks 15 years since The Roots crew grabbed their first Grammy Award alongside Erykah Badu for the Things Fall Apart smash hit, “You Got Me.” In the time since,

Questlove & Black Thought Discuss Their Illustrious History & Kick a Freestyle (Video)

Here’s an extended interview with The Roots’ Questlove & Black Thought. The duo discusses their creative process, performing with Dave Chappelle, fellow music alums from their high school (Bilal, Boyz

DJ Jazzy Jeff, Questlove & James Poyser Form Like Voltron To Support One New Artist, But Who? (Video)

In the early 2000s, between Grammy awards going to The Roots and Neo-Soul climbing the charts, Philadelphia was a hot-bed of talent. At venues like The Black Lily and The

The Roots Take The 28 Days Later Approach To Never (Video)

In many of The Roots’ videos throughout the last eight years, they have favored sitting it out. Arguably, The Roots television and performing schedule (especially with so many studio commitments

Episode 1 of The Message Documentary Speaks on Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, Run-D.M.C., LL Coo J & Much More (Full Video)

Episode 1 of BET’s Hip-Hop documentary, The Message, covers roughly the first decade of Hip-Hop. It addresses pioneers like Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C., Cold

Imagine Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Bill Bellamy & Marlon Wayans on 1 Stage. Or Just Read About It…

Dave Chappelle is returning to Radio City Music Hall later this month for an 8-night run with several guests, including Erykah Badu, The Roots, DJ Premier, Janelle Monae and more.

Nas, RZA & More Discuss The Earliest Days of Hip-Hop in The Message Hip-Hop Documentary (Video)

BET’s 4-part Hip-Hop documentary, The Message, premieres tonight at 10pm. Part 1 focuses on the early days of Hip-Hop and features Doug E Fresh, Fab 5 Freddy, Ice Cube, DJ

D’Angelo Explains Delving Into Funk-Rock, Brotherly Bond With Questlove (Video)

D’Angelo takes the microphone in a much different capacity as the singer-songwriter hits the Red Bull Music Academy in New York for an hour-and-a-half-long talk with journalist/author/filmmaker Nelson George. In

De La Soul Presented With Webby Awards’ Artist Of The Year By Questlove (Video)

Only releasing a mixtape and a handful of loose tracks in the last 12 months, De La Soul received Artist Of The Year honors at the 18th annual Webby Awards.

The Roots’ Never Gets A Live Choral Flip, With DJ A-Trak On The Cut (Video)

Released yesterday, The Roots’ …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin steps further in the direction that the group has been heading since parting ways with MCA/Geffen Records a decade ago.

Questlove & Black Thought Talk 25 Years Of The Roots, Where The Last 5 Albums Fit In With The First 6 (Video)

Late last week, Heads saw Black Thought freestyle over a Questlove beat, with the funky drummer on the cut, no less. From that same interview, Tariq and Amir sat down

Witness a Taste of The Roots “First Opera” (Video)

The Legendary Roots Crew took the stage last week at NYC’s Public Theater and did a live rendition of their forthcoming album “…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.” Rather than

Questlove Provides the Beat; Black Thought Supplies the BLAZING HOT Lyrics (Video)

The Roots’ Questlove and Black Thought joined Sway on Shade 45 and STRAIGHT CAUGHT WRECK. The dynamic duo took it back to the basics, with Quest on the turntable with

The Roots Let Heads Listen Early To …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin In Its Entirety (Album Stream)

Between Masta Ace’s crew, J-Live, and now The Roots’ latest album, today (May 13) is a day for the books in terms of album streams. Out of nowhere, ?uestlove, Black

How Did Lorde Signify the Death of “Black Cool?” Questlove Has the Answers…

Questlove is in the middle of a 6-part essay series for Vulture called “How Hip-Hop Failed Black America.” The first 2 parts were dense, challenging, and deeply thought-provoking. The 3rd

Think Hip-Hop Has Grown Too Materialistic? Questlove Does Too. Here’s Why.

The Roots’ Questlove is writing a 6-part series for vulture.com called “How Hip-Hop Failed Black America.” The title alone let’s you know that this is not light reading. Brother Question

The Roots Open Up A New Chamber With Raheem DeVaughn on Tomorrow (Audio)

Some say that since 2004’s The Tipping Point, Black Thought and The Roots crew have been making nothing short of dark albums. Although the acclaim continues to grow for the

The Roots Announce Their Next Album Is Less Than 6 Weeks Away

Earlier this week, The Roots dropped off “When The People Cheer,” their first completely in-house, new music in over a year. ?uestlove, Black Thought, Tuba Gooding, Jr. and the rest

The Roots Premiere A New Song That Speaks To Everyman (Audio)

Although The Roots worked with Elvis Costello in 2013, it’s been some months since the Heads were treated to a completely Roots Crew jam. That changed today with “When The

Here’s a Look at Day 1 of Questlove’s First Day on The Tonight Show (Video)

The Legendary Roots Crew made the move with Jimmy Fallon and is now the house band for The Tonight Show. Here’s an inside look at Questlove’s day 1 on the

?uestlove Speaks at the Red Bull Lecture Series (Video)

This Red Bull Lecture series has been dope so far. This week’s installment with ?uestlove makes it even better. ?uest drops a wealth of knowledge about The Legendary Roots Crew,

Nardwaur vs. ?uestlove (Video)

Nardwaur vs. ?uestlove. You’re not ready…Check out the video (all 45 minutes of it). Related: A Day in the Life of ?uestlove (Video)

Questlove and D’Angelo discuss their mutual love of Prince (Video)

Here’s a little something for the Prince stans out there. Questlove and D’Angelo share the story of how their mutual love of Prince brought them together. Check out the video.

AFH: J Dilla Tribute

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?uestlove interview with The Bee Shine (Video)

The mighty ?uestlove is one of hip-hop’s most stately ambassadors.  Here’s an introspective interview where he discusses his love for music, how Whitney Houston’s death caused him to change his

Questlove J. Dilla tribute (Video)

It’s never a bad day for some J. Dilla music. Here’s an hour long set of Dilla-produced beats spun by the one and only Questlove. Check out the video. Related:

Questlove releases his demo reference track for the Beastie Boys Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tribute (Audio)

Back in April we got to see the Beastie Boys Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tribute that featured The Roots, Kid Rock and Travie McCoy. It turns out the