The Roots

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Oh how we’ve been awaiting this moment. The Roots are delivering their …and then you shoot your cousin album to the world on May 19, but before then, fans can stream the full body of work guilt-free.

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Philadelphia will see Nicki Minaj in the near future, as the superstar is slated to perform at The Roots’ annual 4th of July Jam.

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To say that we’re excited to hear what The Roots cooked up on their upcoming …and then you shoot your cousin album would be an understatement. Our anticipation was heightened by a new track titled “Tomorrow.”

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2014 is shaping up to be a solid year for Hip-Hop, and that’s even more apparent with the announcement of a new LP from The Roots. Titled …and then you shoot your cousin, today fans receive official word that the project will arrive on May 20.

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The Roots have a discography that makes them more than worthy to perform at Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2014. But today, the New York City radio station debuted a new song called “When The People Cheer” that could foreshadow more music to come from the legendary band.

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Having a permanent stationary gig has allowed The Roots to hone their chemistry as a unit and make albums that sound more cohesive than a typical act working on a record label’s time clock.

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NBA All-Star Weekend featured a gang of parties but one of the more exclusive was GQ magazine’s shindig on Saturday night (February 15). Besides revealing LeBron James on the March 2014 issue’s cover, the night also featured performances from The Roots and Rick Ross. 

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Seven years of throwing a consistently dope event is a feat for any site. That said, Okayplayer, 15 years in the game, had a lot to celebrate last night at Brooklyn Bowl.

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The Roots have collaborated with a well-documented list of performers, the most recent of which is the incomparable Elvis Costello. Their project, Wise Up Ghost, is set to release next week, but before then fans can hear it in full through a live stream courtesy of NPR.

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Black Thought demonstrated his lyrical prowess once again on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Show.  The Roots MC used Super Mario Bros. as his inspiration and spit some creative bars over a re-worked version of the original video game’s theme song.


The Roots have been ambassadors for Philadelphia in Hip-Hop and world culture overall since hitting the scene with 1993 debut Organix!. The City of Brotherly Love recently implored a bit of reciprocity to the hometown heroes by dedicating a mural to them in their honor on the corner of Broad Street and South Street.

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Nardwuar connected with prolific musician Questlove in one of his lengthiest, and perhaps most entertaining interview to date.