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Which One Of These 8 Hip-Hop Groups Will Be Named The Best Of All-Time?

“Finding the GOAT Group,” the fourth installment of Ambrosia For Heads’ annual competition series features Hip-Hop’s greatest collectives vying for the #1 spot. Sixty-two groups were pre-selected by a panel of experts, and one slot was reserved for a wild-card entry, including the possibility for write-in candidates, to ensure no... Read more

Creators of the ‘Roots’ Reboot Get Real About the Need for a Remake (Video)

"King Kunta," one of Kendrick Lamar's stand-out tracks off To Pimp a Butterfly, bears a title that references what is perhaps the most iconic miniseries to ever air on American television. Kunta Kinte was the name of a central character in Roots, a visual requiem about slavery in the United... Read more

The “Roots” Reboot Trailer Proves Alex Haley’s Story Is Another Must-Watch Event (Video)

Last summer, it was revealed that A&E Studios was remaking Roots. Alex Haley's 1976 novel was famously filmed for television, premiering on PBS in 1977. Almost 40 years later, the gripping slavery narrative returns—with a host of stars (Forest Whitaker, Lawrence Fishburne, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose,... Read more

Nas Reacts To His Third-Great Grandmother’s Bill Of Sale Into Slavery (Video)

As part of PBS' "Enslaved Roots" series, the camera turns its lens on Nas. The Queens superstar traces his DNA back to a Virginia slave plantation. Throughout his career, Nas has paid close attention to his ancestry, and African bloodline. The continent is a place that the iconic MC has... Read more

Scolla – Roots

Whoo...Scolla just blazed this MF DOOM track--laid-back rhymes of substances completely in the pocket of this jazzy groove. This is Sunday music (and Monday and Tuesday...). Check out Roots. On repeat already. Related: Scolla – The Jones ft Phil Ade & Gerald Walker (Audio)... Read more

Robin Thicke & The Roots Perform Blurred Lines (Pre-School Style) (Video)

You've heard Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines a million times now, right? Not like this...with Jimmy Fallon & The Roots accompanying him using toddler instruments...Check out the video (Black Thought handles the verse and the maracas). Related: The Making of The Real Husbands of Hollywood (Video) Here's the grown up version:... Read more

Cosmo Baker – The 6th Annual Roots Picnic Mix (Mixtape)

Here's a BBQ mix just in time for the long weekend. Cosmo Baker lays down the 6th official mixtape for the upcoming Annual Roots Picnic. The playlist is incredibly diverse, including artists like Gang Starr, Naughty By Nature, Jay-Z & Kanye West, Robert Glasper, Solange, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick... Read more

Lupe Fiasco performs Battle Scars with Guy Sebastian & The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Video)

Lupe Fiasco recently performed Battle Scars from Food & Liquor Pt 2, with Guy Sebastian & The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check out the video. Related: See why we picked Lupe Fiasco's Bitch Bad as 1 of the best videos of 2012.... Read more

Behind the Scenes of Joey Bada$$ performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Video)

A few weeks ago, Joey Bada$$ and The Roots connected to make pure hip-hop magic on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as they performed an amazing rendition of Joey's Waves. Here's a RIDICULOUSLY beautifully-shot piece by Creative Control that documents the behind-the-scenes for Joey the day of the performance. Check... Read more

Kendrick Lamar performs Swimming Pools (Drank) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Video)

Kendrick Lamar made his network TV debut last night. He performed Swimming Pools (Drank) with The Legendary Roots Crew on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check out the performance and a great interview that features Kendrick flowing over the Regulators beat below. Related: Kendrick Lamar – Compton ft Dr. Dre... Read more

De La Soul interview with OkayPlayer at The Roots Picnic 2012 (Video)

De La Soul. From the soul. Here's a cool interview of Plug 1 and Plug 2 courtesy of OkayPlayer. It features some high-quality footage of De La's performance at this year's Roots Picnic as well as Posdnous and Trugoy discussing working on a new album. Check out the video below.... Read more

Official 2012 Roots Picnic Mixtape

Here's the official mixtape for the upcoming 2012 Roots Picnic, just in time for your Memorial Day weekend BBQs. It features music from Eric B & Rakim, De La Soul, Childish Gambino, Danny Brown, The Legendary Roots Crew and much more. You can listen to the whole mixtape below.  Related: ... Read more

Is 2010 the best Summer ever for hip-hop? These releases from Eminem, Drake, The Roots, Big Boi and Rick Ross are making a strong argument.

Can you come up with a better slate of Summer releases of rap albums than these: Recovery - Eminem Single:  Not Afraid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s Standout track (1 of many): 25 to Life Thank Me Later - Drake Single:  Drizzy hit several markets, dropping Find Your Love for the ladies and Over for... Read more

It's official. John Legend and The Roots are releasing an album together in September

As you can tell by the numerous collabos between The Roots and John Legend on The Roots album, the 2 artists have been putting in some work together.  They will be releasing a full album called Wake Up! together in September, which sounds like it will be their equivalent of... Read more

If you haven't heard the new Roots album yet, check out this sneak preview sampler. Props to OkayPlayer for always keeping it fresh.

I've posted quite a bit from and about this album over the last couple of weeks.  Now that I've heard the full album, I feel fully justified.  It's an instant classic for any Roots fan or lover of good hip-hop.  The full album drops Tuesday, 6/22.  In the meantime, check... Read more

If hip-hop was dead it lives again with Drake and The Roots

With yesterday being Tupac's birthday, it seems fitting to take a few ticks to reflect on the current state of hip-hop.  It's been a bleak couple of years (with some notable exceptions from Jay, Weezy and a few other's) but Drake's Thank Me Later is a solid piece of work front to back... Read more