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Statik Selektah Featuring Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9″ And Black Thought “The Imperial”

Statik Selektah announced he would be putting out a new album titled What Goes Around on Aug. 19. After debuting the first single "Carry On," Statik gathers some heavy lyrical names for "The Imperial...

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Watch Black Thought Perform A Harry Potter Rap

The "special week" continues in Orland, Fla. for The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon as Fallon and The Roots supply another musically-themed hit skit for audiences everywhere to enjoy...

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The Roots Don’t Have Any Yes-Men In Their Crew

Black Thought and Questlove of The Roots swung by The Breakfast Club to discuss their latest release, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. While with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God they talked about how working with Jimmy Fallon effected them creatively, staying connected to their hometown and arguing over creative differences...

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The Roots Pull Off Unique Performance Art Listening Party In NYC

I hate the word unique, but I have never seen anything like what The Roots pulled off last night at Joe's Pub in New York City. In front of a small, select gathering of people that included journalists (including Toure), label and publishing executives and industry tastemakers, the hardest working band in show business were presenting an event that was billed as half Roots show, half album-inspired performance art, leaving those milling about the theater's lobby beforehand a little confused as to what they were getting themselves into...

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14 Hip-Hop Heads Who Are Down For A Cause

With recent news of Ryan Lewis launching his 30/30 Project, an HIV awareness foundation, XXL couldn't help but think of all the other hip-hop heads that are down for a cause...

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Pharoahe Monch Featuring Black Thought “Rapid Eye Movement”

Pharoahe Monch is re-emerging from a slight absent with a new album called PTSD. Considered one of hip-hop’s purist lyricists, Monch teams up with The Roots’ own Black Thought on “Rapid Eye Movement...

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The Roots’ New Project Will Be Another Concept Album

The Roots have a busy schedule ahead of them with the continuing transition into Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show, but that hasn't stemmed their creative ambitions; they put out a collaborative album with Elvis Costello last September, titled Wise Up Ghost, and have been in the studio working on their own 11th studio album, which Questlove tweeted last year was set to be called ...

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Black Thought Is Wary Of The Hype Surrounding The Roots On ‘The Tonight Show’

Last week marked the debut of the new Tonight Show featuring Jimmy Fallon, and the longtime Late Night host and Saturday Night Live alum brought along his house band for the past five years, The Roots, for the prestigious new gig...

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In 1999, The Roots released their magnum opus to that point, Things Fall Apart, their biggest commercial and mainstream album of their careers at the time. The Philly-based crew grabbed the likes of Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Eve, Beanie Sigel, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Common and J Dilla to lend their talents to the project, creating one of hip-hop's jazziest, most musical and most cohesive albums of the past two decades.
Fifteen years later, The Roots are at the height of their fame, having just transitioned alongside Jimmy Fallon last week into their new lane as the house band for The Tonight Show, one of the most prestigious and high-profile gigs a band could achieve, coming off one of the best albums of their career in 2011's concept album undun. But it was that fourth album that put the Legendary Roots Crew on the map for good. "It doesn't seem like that much time has passed, but I guess so much has happened in my life and all of our lives since that record came out," Black Thought tells XXL. "Time flies. I feel like I've had two and a half careers since Things Fall Apart, you know?"
With the anniversary of the album coming yesterday (Feb. 23), Thought hopped on the phone with XXL to talk about some of his favorite memories from the recording of the album, the Philadelphia music scene in the late 1990s, and the mysterious case of a disappearing Mos Def. Hint: it involves fish sandwiches. Check it out. —Dan Rys (@danrys)
In 1999, The Roots released their magnum opus to that point, Things Fall Apart, their biggest commercial and mainstream album of their careers at the time. The Philly-based crew grabbed the likes of Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Eve, Beanie Sigel, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Common and J Dilla to lend their talents to the project, creating one of hip-hop's jazziest, most musical and most cohesive albums of the past two decades.

Fifteen years later, The Roots are at the height of their fame, having just transitioned alongside Jimmy Fallon last week into their new lane as the house band for The Tonight Show, one of the most prestigious and high-profile gigs a band could achieve, coming off one of the best albums of their career in 2011's concept album undun. But it was that fourth album that put the Legendary Roots Crew on the map for good. "It doesn't seem like that much time has passed, but I guess so much has happened in my life and all of our lives since that record came out," Black Thought tells XXL. "Time flies. I feel like I've had two and a half careers since Things Fall Apart, you know?"

With the anniversary of the album coming yesterday (Feb. 23), Thought hopped on the phone with XXL to talk about some of his favorite memories from the recording of the album, the Philadelphia music scene in the late 1990s, and the mysterious case of a disappearing Mos Def. Hint: it involves fish sandwiches. Check it out. —Dan Rys (@danrys)
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Black Thought Revisits The Roots’ ‘Things Fall Apart’ 15 Years Later

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Premiere: Pharoahe Monch’s New Album Features Talib Kweli, Black Thought And More

Pharoahe Monch is staying on his grind. The veteran MC is putting out his fourth solo album P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) on Apr...

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