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Run, Don’t Walk: The Roots & Antibalas Are Playing A Free Show In NYC Tonight

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Questlove at Roots Picnic 2016

Surprise, surprise! The Roots and Antibalas are getting ready to rock the stage in downtown NYC tonight. The performance comes courtesy of the city’s two-day Lowdown Hudson Music Festival at Brookfield Place, tonight being the opening and continuing on with performances from Valerie JuneRayland Baxter and Drive-by Truckers tomorrow night, July 13th. For those that may have missed us in Philly at the top of June for the 9th annual Roots Picnic, this should provide a nice conciliation.

And best of all, it’s completely free! Bring your mother, father, sister and brother. There will be no shortage of musical merriments to go around. Antibalas will provide the proper warm-up at 7pm with The Roots taking the stage immediately following. So run, don’t walk. It’s about to be showtime. If it doesn’t work out for you tonight, it may just be time to bite the bullet and grab a ticket to the inaugural installation of Roots Picnic in NYC, where they’ll perform with the likes of D’Angelo, John Mayer, The Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne and Nile Rodgers. Hit the link below to cop your stubs.

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Jamila Woods Shares Long-Awaited Solo Debut Album ‘HEAVN’ [Stream]

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Jamila Woods Shares Long-Awaited Solo Debut Album 'HEAVN' [Stream]

Over the last year Chicago has proven to be a wellspring of brilliant and dynamic new talent. And though the names Kanye West and Chance The Rapper tend to dominate the discussion, Jamila Woods has proven to be a quiet, yet powerful force, gracing cuts on Coloring Book, but also readying her own solo debut that gathers the creative spirits of her fellow Windy City natives.

Today HEAVN arrives via SPIN, following the release of the album’s Dilla-fied title-track, as well as the singles “Blk Girl Soldier” and “LSD,” the latter recruiting Chano to assist in an ode to their hometown. The album features assistance from the aforementioned rapper (named Chance,) as well as members of The Social Experiment crew, including Peter Cottontale, Donnie Trumpet, and other Chicago upstarts like SABA and Kweku Collins, all lending their voices and instruments to a remarkable solo outing.

You can hear Jamila Woods’ solo debut HEAVN in the player below for the righteously low price of free ninety-nine. Be sure to support the album through your respective channels. In the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Alva Braziellet HEAVN be the light in your day.

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Relive Roots Picnic 2016: Watch Usher, The Roots + More Get Busy [Full Video Recap]

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Lil Uzi Vert at Roots Picnic
Lil Uzi Vert performs at the 9th Annual Roots Picnic on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Photo by Averie Cole for Okayplayer

The 9th Annual Roots Picnic took over Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia like a musical Godzilla stepping right out of the Delaware River–and we’re still feeling the effects of the grand event (in our bones). The legendary Roots crew put together a big hit with huge performances from Kaytranada, DMX, Kehlani, Future, Leon Bridges and Usher. With a stacked line up of performers and DJs, this year’s picnic had a lot of something for everyone who loves this thing called music.

Whether it was witnessing Will Smith supporting his daughter, Willow Smith, on stage in a pre-Father’s Day bit of awesomeness or the Everyday People party sweating out all the youngins’ with solid tunes — people came from all over the country (and the world!) to enjoy beautiful experiences, meet life-changing people and enjoy the concert of a lifetime. “I came here all the way from Atlanta, Georgia just to see Leon Bridges,” as one a distant traveler said to CBS Philly in an interview.

For nearly a decade now, The Roots Picnic has been a hallowed journey that features emerging talent, throwback prestige and a triumphant showing by the Illafifth Dynasty. Of course, there’s nothing quite like feeling the sunshine on your skin as the bass hits your face and no photo gallery, video, documentary or recap can really do justice to the collective vibes of a live festival–that feeling of 10,000 other souls experiencing the same music, the same emotional high the same exact instant as you. But having been there, we can honestly say that this intense, visceral sizzle reel assembled by the OKP TV team comes damn close!

Sit back, relax and enjoy the highlights from Roots Picnic 2016 + be sure to get your pre-order tickets to our next event taking place at New York City’s Bryant Park.

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Prince Is Alive At The BET Awards: Erykah Badu, The Roots, Bilal, Stevie Wonder + More

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A Musical With Unreleased Prince Music May Be In The Works

The spirit of Prince is alive and well at the 2016 BET Awards. The night has so far been full of Prince tributes and rightfully so. Dave Chappelle began with a touching introduction rocking a purple pocket square in an ode to the late musician. Erykah Badu, The Roots, and Bilal then took to the stage at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater and performed a moving and emotional homage with Questlove keeping the beat. Badu and The Roots then proceeded to get it started with a stellar rendition of The Ballad of Dorothy Parker. Badu wore a beret reminiscent of her attire in the new video Maiysha (So Long) with Robert Glasper. Bilal followed with an energetic and unforgettable performance of The Beautiful Ones off the album Purple Rain and ended up on the floor as he sang, kicking his legs up in the air. 

For the second round of Prince tributes Stevie Wonder blessed the stage donning a purple suit accompanied by Tori Kelly. They performed a duet of another track off Purple Rain, this time the groovy Take Me With U. The crowd was definitely feeling it and feeling good.

Jennifer Hudson, wearing a white hooded jacket, followed with a beautiful rendition of the Prince classic Purple Rain. Later on Maxwell sang Nothing Compares 2 U. And to top if off Janelle Monae sang Kiss and Pop Life.

So yeah, the spirit of Prince and his undeniable music was definitely alive and well at the 2016 BET Awards.

Watch the performances below or here straight from BET and make sure to check back for more updates.

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The Roots Rock BET Experience 2016 w/ The Internet, T.I. & More

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Photo Credit Ural Garrett

The Roots took the L.A. Live stage at Club Novo in Los Angeles on Saturday night to close out BET Experience 2016 with an all-star performance featuring The Internet, Marsha Ambrosius, T.I. and more. The Roots crew opened the show before being joined by Ambrosius and TIP, who took the stage to perform the Dr. Dre and Sir Jinx produced loosie “Dope,” which is rumored to be in the lineup for his T.I.’s forthcoming solo LP. T.I. followed with performances of “What You Know About That” and “Whatever You Like.” The Roots kept the crowd primed ahead of Ambrosius’ return to the stage for a short set, which included “Butterflies,” “Say Yes” and the surprise announcement that she is expecting.

The Internet were next up to bat with a set packed with joints from their acclaimed Ego Death and Feel Good LP’s. Nothing from their widely-celebrated Purple Naked Ladies LP surfaced during the 30-minute performance, but Black Thought returned to the stage to run through a verse from “Break You Off” during “Special Affair.”

Upping the ante, The Roots brought surprise guest Common to the stage to perform a set that included plenty of classics including “The Light.” The Roots crew closed the show with a Prince tribute from Jeremy Ellis and a performance of Funkadelic‘s “Maggot Brain” by Captain Kirk Douglas – both timely nods to musical titans in light of the recent deaths of Prince and Bernie Worrell. Check the out the gallery above for a taste of The Roots & Friends at BET Experience 2016 courtesy of photographer Ural Garrett. Get more on the 3-day fest via Grab tix to see The Roots rock Bryant Park on October 1st for The Roots Picnic NYC via Ticketmaster.

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