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J Dilla Remembered in Stussy Documentary

In honor of the late James "J Dilla" Yancey, the Stussy clothing company has produced a three-part documentary short on the Los Angeles years of the Detroit native. Yancey is widely considered one of the most in

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The Roots to Produce John Legend’s ‘Wake Up Sessions’

After a year's worth of rumors and rumblings via the OkayPlayer message boards, there is now official word that "The Legendary Roots Crew" will produce John Legend's upcoming LP, 'The Wake Up Sessions.'

John Legend, who has worked

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Hip-Hop Community Reacts to Obama’s State of the Union

President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union address on Wednesday night (Jan. 27) and some of the brightest (and most beloved) minds in the hip-hop community were ready to give their two cents on the speech

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Questlove Talks ‘Hope for Haiti’ Telethon

Tonight, pretty much every major American television network will air "Hope For Haiti Now" -- a multi-site telethon that you've probably heard about by now. MTV News spoke about the event with the Roots' Questlove, a man

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The Roots Package, Release Jimmy Fallon ‘Sandwiches’

Here's a nice stocking stuffer: Questlove -- via Twitter, of course -- released 22 "sandwiches" (we'll explain shortly) from 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' and All the Way Live neatly compiled them into a free download-able EP. "Case yall don't know what a "sandwich" is. its w

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Nneka Brings Global Soul to Our NYC Office

Nigerian artist Nneka came a long way to take her first trip to New York City, but her recent visit was well worth the effort. In lieu of the upcoming release of a new record in February, the singer had the chance to make her live US debut, and was also invited to perform with the Roots. While she was in town, Nneka -- who has garnered comparisons to La


The Roots Join Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors on Stage

It's an odd relationship, but the hip-hop world seems to be slowly embracing the indie rock community. First you had Kanye, Drake and others rapping over production from twee Swedish poppers Peter Bjorn and John. Then, earlier this year, Jay-Z and Beyonce were spotted watching Grizzly Bear at a concert on

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John Legend ‘Wakes Up’ on Fourth Album

For his past three releases, R&B singer-songwriter John Legend looked to the past for inspiration on his soul-splattered collections of fresh, original tunes. But instead of taking notes from classic soul records fo

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The Roots, ‘How I Got Over’ — New Video

Artist: The Roots
Song: 'How I Got Over'
Why You Should Watch: The Philadelphia Roots crew managed to make some time in between daily jams with Jimmy Fallon and tweeting to crank out a video for the first official (?) single off their upcoming album of the same name.


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Questlove and Stevie Wonder Involved in Love Triangle?

Unless you're an avid reader of Questlove's twitter, last night you probably missed what initially looked like a run-of-the-mill "here's what I did today" status update that actually linked to a lengthy personal confession by the Roots drummer.

Or was it? Though he's been known to get personal on his blogs in t

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