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The Roots “Champion” (2016 NBA Finals Theme Song)

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Earlier today ESPN debuted a commercial for the upcoming NBA finals featuring The Roots…. um, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan… click here to see that. The visual contained what appeared to be new music from the Legendary Late Night Crew. Now the full track has been released unto the world for your listening pleasure. Check out The Roots “Champion” (2016 NBA Finals Theme Song) below. With the conference championships still raging on both coasts (though it appears that’ll soon be settled at least on the eastern side of things) this should get you in the mood for the finals bout no matter who you’re cheering for.

This is the first track released by The Roots since the and then you shoot your cousin album was released almost exactly two years ago, on May 19, 2014.

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The Roots Share Their NBA Finals Anthem “Show Me You’re A Champion”

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The Roots Line-Up w/ NBA Legends In New Finals Promo

The Roots and the NBA seem to have a good thing going this year (as they have in years past.) First they help Dwayne Wade and George “The Iceman” Gervin find their cool. Next thing you know, they’re at the helm of a full-fledged anthem for this year’s finals spectacle. In the lead-up to next week’s closing round of the playoffs, the Illa Fifth just dropped a new visual and track to accompany the hard-fought march to the chip, lining up with legends like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson on the hard-top, who embody, like The Roots themselves, the prerequisite excellence to wear the crown. With the conference championships still raging on both coasts (though it appears that’ll soon be settled at least on the eastern side of things) this should get you in the mood for the finals bout no matter who you’re cheering for. Watch as The Roots hit the court with gods of the league in their new NBA Finals ad-spot and brace yourselves, as it won’t be long now until we know precisely who the warring parties are in the first game, slated for June 2nd.

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Flatbush Zombies Perform “Bounce” On ‘The Tonight Show’ w/ The Roots

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Beast Coast Trio Flatbush Zombies Make Their Late-Night Debut With A Performance Of "Bounce" On 'The Tonight Show."
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The Flatbush Zombies made their late-night debut on Friday night with a performance of “Bounce” from their full-length 3001: A Laced Odyssey LP on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. The set from the Beast Coast trio follows the release of the project, which arrived in March. Last night’s high energy performance from the Zombies featured The Roots and the Q Voices choir from their hometown of Flatbush, Brooklyn. Check the footage below to watch the full performance. Purchase the 3001: A Laced Odyssey LP via iTunes. Get more on The Tonight Show via nbc.com.

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The Lonely Island & The Roots Perform “I’m On A Boat” w/ Toy Instruments On The Tonight Show

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The Lonely Island & The Roots Perform "I'm On A Boat" w/ Toy Instruments On The Tonight Show

With The Lonely Island‘s very first cinematic treatment hitting the big screen in just a few weeks’ time, the press runs and pop-ups are officially underway. First stop: The Tonight Show, where the musically-inclined comedic trio took it back to the classroom to rock with The Roots on a special toy instrument rendition of “I’m On A Boat.”  With all of the kazoos, mini-tambourines, xylophones and wooden blocks you can bear, and Andy Samberg leading the charge, The Lonely Island’s 2009 smash comes to life like never before, reminding the world that their cartoonish raps are still here and landing just as hard as they did at the onset of their careers. The Lonely Island movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is in theaters on June 3rd, featuring cameos from our very own Questlove, as well as Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Seal, DJ Khaled and plenty more.

Watch as The Lonely Island, The Roots and Jimmy Fallon perform “I’m On A Boat” live and direct from the classroom down below and once you’ve had your fill, scroll down a little more and peep the full trailer for the new movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

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Jamila Woods Lilts Over The Roots Flip Of J Dilla On New Single “Heavn”

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Over the last year, the voice of Jamila Woods has proved to be as inescapable as the very presence of her fellow Chicagoans, currently dominating every corner of r&b and hip-hop. We were first introduced to her as one half of the Windy City soul outfit, Milo & Otis. Not much later, she was prominently featured on Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment‘s breakout gospel-toting single “Sunday Candy” alongside Chance The Rapper, who called upon her airy and warm lilt for his latest single “Blessings,” debuted on The Tonight Show just last week. And now, with Chano’s Chance3 just a day away (and her own solo project in the works,) Woods is gearing up for an extended stay in the spotlight, and well deserved at that. Today, she treats fans to a potent flip of The Roots‘ interpretation of J Dilla‘s “Eve” a la Dilla Joints, lacing the track with romantics and melodics. You can hear the latest from Jamila Woods down below, just be sure to keep your ear to the ground for your girl. It doesn’t seem there’s any stopping her now. Jump back to get properly acquainted with Jamila in our First Look feature.

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