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The Roots Bring Out The LOX, Dres Of Black Sheep And M.O.P. At Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2014

The Roots' set didn't go as smoothly as some of the others as it was marred by technical difficulties. The crew soldiered on despite the crowd's initial mixed reaction and brought out some old school hitmakers to help make its set a memorable one...

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This morning, the world learned of the sad news of the passing of the great Dr. Maya Angelou, a legendary author and poet who was easily one of the best and brightest voices of her generation. As influential as she was lauded, Angelou won countless awards throughout her career, and stood tall as a voice for women and the African-American community. With such a wide reach, it's no surprise that her name has popped up in its fair share of hip-hop lyrics, particularly among the Common's, Wale's and Lupe Fiasco's of the rap world—those who strive to make a change through their art, much like Angelou did through hers. XXL compiled 15 hip-hop songs that reference Angelou. RIP to one of the all-time greats.
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15 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Maya Angelou

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Stream The Roots Picnic 2014 Mixtape

For the seventh year, and just in time for Memorial Day festivities, The Roots Picnic Mixtape hits the 'Net presented by Okayplayer and Crooks & Castles...

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The Roots “The Dark (Trinity)”

The Roots' bleak ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin has been raking in steady acclaim in the days following its Monday release. Now, "The Dark (Trinity)," the album's penultimate track, is available for streaming...

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?uestlove Answers Fans Questions For Latest ‘How Hip-Hop Failed Black America’ Article

?uestlove does have the answers.

The Roots drummer had the internets buzzing with his articles for Vulture entitled, "How Hip-Hop Failed Black America...

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The Roots Are Guests On Their Own Show

During their tenure as the house band for Jimmy Fallon on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and now The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, The Roots have provided the background for many musical greats...

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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 Impress With Their Most Ambitious Effort On ‘And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’

Earlier this year, while describing to XXL the logic behind The Roots’ newest concept album And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, bandleader Black Thought finished by bluntly saying, “I don’t know if that makes any sense...

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The Roots’ New Album Title Was Inspired By KRS-One

The Roots have been on a press run as of late promoting their new album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. With such a provocative title, many questioned the inspiration and idea behind it...

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Questlove Thinks Today’s Hip-Hop Artists Have Lost Their ‘Cool’

During an essay as part of his six-part series with Vulture, Roots drummer Questlove discusses the notion of "black cool" and how today's artists cannot match the cool effect of artists and figures like Miles Davis, Betty Davis, Muhammad Ali, Richard Pryor, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, Angela Davis and Prince...

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