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The Roots & Future Set To Headline The BET Experience In June

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The Roots and Future are amongst the acts slated to perform at the upcoming BET Experience at Club Nokia‘s L.A. Live in late-June. The second annual late-night performance series, which coincides with the upcoming BET Awards, features live music and two nights of comedy in the City of Angels from June 27th to the 29th. The Roots return to the series after a stellar showing in 2013 with a host of friends, including Naughty By Nature, Too $hort, MC Lyte and Nelly. The Roots’ performance this year will be preceded by a Centric comedy special hosted by comedian Joe Torry with appearances from Red Grant, Rudy Rush and more. Stay tuned for updates as the events approach. Get further details via BET.com

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Snoop Dogg’s Uncle JuneBug Passes At The Age Of 70

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Snoop Dogg's Uncle June Bug Passes At The Age Of 70

In what has already been a heavy week of mourning in the community, Snoop Dogg‘s Uncle JuneBug lost his bout with cancer Sunday morning at the age of 70, having lived a full week longer than the day he was given last week. A formidable compliment to Snoop’s live show and influence in the toker’s life –having babysat him when Snoop was just a pup–will be bitterly missed for his wild stage antics, often spotted dancing about in a cartoonish shuffle, assisting his nephew in working the crowd. Another sad loss during a week of remembrance for the likes of Marvin Gaye (dead 30 years ago today) and Gil Scott-Heron (who would have turned 65 today.) Join us in a not-so-silent vigil to commemorate the legacy of funk’s fallen soldiers, as next month’s Roots Picnic will be sure to keep the love spinning with a set from Snoop with The Roots as his backing band. Peep a clip of the G-ed out uncle strutting his stuff below. Rest in funk, JuneBug.

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Mixtape Mondays: Erykah Badu Live DJ Set, Qool Marv x The Roots, Jazzy Jeff, Soul II Soul + More!

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Mixtape Mondays is here and it is awesome. Erykah Badu AKA DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown‘s DJ set (full excusive audio from our SXSW 2014 official showcase!) kick’s off what might be the most epic collections of mixes to be seen in the parts in…forever? Besides Ms. Badu on the 1200s (with a little help from Thundercat) we got DJ Qool Marv putting down a 2-hour set dedicated to The Roots, a new mix from DJ Jazzy Jeff, an all-Soul II Soul installment of the all-vinyl Twelve 12s series, r&b from hipstar Kitty Cash,, a new Sound Traveler mix from I Love Vinyl’s Jon Oliver x Record Breakin’ Music, one drop reggae from Deadly Dragon Sound, dusty grooves from Chairman Mao and (pause to suck in oxygen) once and future soul from the homie LeftO. What. Isn’t that enough for you? Go ahead and click true!

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Russell Crowe Sings “Folsom Prison Blues” On The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon & The Roots

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Russell Crowe Performs "Folsom Prison Blues" On The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon & The Roots

Russell Crowe stopped by The Tonight Show to promote his new film Noah and served up a show-stopping performance of Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues” featuring Jimmy Fallon on harmonica with backup from The Roots. While Fallon has been pretty adept at showcasing the hidden talents of his celebrity guests, the backwater blues accompaniment he delivered during their set proves he’s got a few more tricks up his sleeve. Check the footage below to watch Russell Crowe’s performance with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. Stay tuned for more from The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Catch Russell Crowe’s Noah in theaters, today.

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Video Premiere: The Roots & J. Period Rock The GQ NBA All-Star Party With Rick Ross, Juvenile & Lebron James

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The Roots & J. Period Join GQ Magazine And Lebron James To Rock The Crescent City With Rick Ross & Juvenile During NBA All-Star Weekend 2014

The Roots and J. Period hit the stage in New Orleans, Louisiana during the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend to rock the GQ Magazine party with Rick Ross, Juvenile and Lebron James. The party hosted by James and GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson, was thrown to celebrate the annual NBA All-Star Game and Lebron James’ recent GQ cover. The massive fete featured performances from Ross, Juvy, Miguel and Bun B. Lebron James even grabbed the mic to rock with Rozay during his performance of “Fuck With Me You Know I Got It” – one of many standouts from Jay Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail LP. Juvie put on for NOLA bounce with a performance of his Cash Money classic, “Back That Azz Up.” The Roots crew brought the noise as usual, rocking tracks for each guest with the precision of a well-oiled machine while J. Period provided the assist of the century, capturing the entire thing without missing a beat on the 1′s and 2′s. Check the clips below to peep exclusive live footage of The Roots and J. Period rocking the GQ Party in New Orleans with Rick Ross, Juvenile and Lebron James. Grab J. Period’s #MARCH9REVISITED mix via jperiod.com. Stay tuned for more.

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