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The Roots Help Dwayne Wade & George Gervin “Stay Cool” In New Gatorade Commercial

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The Roots Help Dwayne Wade & George Gervin "Stay Cool" In New Gatorade Commercial

When it comes to staying cool, we think The Roots might know a thing or two on the subject. Aside from being the baddest band in the biz comprised of sheer excellence in each and every component, the Illafifth crew, practically laid out the blueprint on their hazy 2004 The Tipping Point album cut, “Stay Cool.”

In fact, the fellas are so well-versed on the topic that they’ve actually been recruited to help bring the cool to Miami Heat shooting guard Dwayne Wade in a new Gatorade ad-spot that features 9x NBA all-star, George “The Iceman” Gervin. The commercial has been making rounds during the contentious playoff run and features a reverie-locked Wade getting lost in a sideline moment after taking a sip of you guessed it. Gervin endows Wade with a few gems of wisdom on an icy court as “Stay Cool” slips in and then fades out. You can watch the ad-spot down below. Jump back to see The Roots recap the first episode of the new Game Of Thrones season on The Tonight Show. The Heat take on The Raptors in game two of their series tonight at 8PM. 

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The Roots Bring ‘Game Of Thrones’ Fans Up To Speed With A Recap Rap On ‘The Tonight Show’

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The Roots Bring 'Game Of Thrones' Fans Up To Speed With A Recap Rap On 'The Tonight Show'

Last Sunday, HBO’s Game Of Thrones returned with its sixth season, treating an anxious fanbase to all of the dragons, gore and melodrama they can bear. But for those that missed the opening tick of GOT‘s new season or just want to pick up where the show’s currently at, the mighty Roots crew has got you covered. Last night on the The Tonight Show, The Roots took up the task of cooking up some recap raps of the last season, delivered by none other than Black Thought, to which the Roots offered a very funky JBs-inflected accompaniment to put a little bounce in your step as you catch up on your favorite fantastical not-just-TV show.

As someone who simply can’t take GOT seriously and generally averts his eyes and ears anytime it comes up in discussion, even I was able to get a kick out of this thing. You can watch The Roots bust a recap rap of the last season of Game Of Thrones down below. If you’re not looking to rely on the legendaries for your GOT spoilstune into HBO on Sundays at 9PM.

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Watch Common & Ice Cube Perform “Real People” w/ The Roots Live on The Tonight Show

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Wow, real big hip-hop moment right here. With Ice Cube and Common’s movie Barbershop: The Next Cut hitting theaters this Friday, they’re going hard on the promo trail. Two weeks ago, we got to hear these two hip-hop legends hook up for the film’s soundtrack cut, “Real People” – and now Common and Cube bring the energy right to your living room with this Tonight Show performance of the aforementioned track with some help from The Roots. Great to see these brothers aging gracefully with the music and spreading that positivity.

As if that wasn’t enough, as an added bonus Common gives us this gem. During Common’s interview with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy goads Common into showing off his well known b-boy skills, and put on a breakin’ display. The Roots set things off with the “Apache” beat and Common goes to work – watch it below.

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Watch Alessia Cara Perform “Wild Things” Live on The Tonight Show

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Alessia Cara’s rise continues. Two nights ago, she won a Juno Award for ‘Breakout Artist of The Year’ in her native Canada, and now tonight she’s already back for her second performance on The Tonight Show (yeah, and she’s still just 19). This time around, Alessia performs her latest Know-It-All single, the rebellious track “Wild Things.” Watch Alessia (and a portion of The Roots), perform it live on The Tonight Show, below. Know-It-All is in stores now.

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Kanye West, D’Angelo, The Roots, Andre 3000 + More Paid Tribute To Phife Dawg At The Apollo

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A Tribe Called Quest Celebrates The 25th-Anniversary Of Their Seminal Debut 'People's Instinctive Travels...' LP Live On The Tonight Show With The Roots.

Phife Dawg’s Tribute At The Apollo Was A Wake But Also A Family Reunion For Hip-Hop

Hip-hop came out in force to pay respects to Malik Izaak Taylor AKA Phife Dawg at an Apollo tribute organized by his family, management and A Tribe Called Quest bandmates tonight. Busta Rhymes brought the room to the verge of tears with his remembrance of how his “big brothers” in Tribe, saying of the way the group embraced him when he was unknown and didn’t always have a place to stay, “they always let me in.” The musical high points of the evening we a surprise appearance from D’Angelo who flew in from tour stops on the far side of the world to sing “You’ve Got A Friend” with a little help from The Roots. The Roots also backed Angela Winbush who had the whole house singing along with “Angel” before Black Thought paid a fititng lyrical tribute to the 5 Foot Assassin. KRS-One, who Phife always named as his favorite MC dedicated a roof-shaking rendition of the BDP classic “Still #1.” Figures from the world of sports showed love in the form of pre-taped messages as well, including Chris Webber and Scott Van Pelt, while Beats, Rhymes & Life filmmaker Michael Rapaport shared a montage of Phife cameos and candid moments.

The most striking thing about the night, perhaps, was the extent into which the entire event turned into a town hall, revival meeting and family reunion for hip-hop. In many people’s lives the loss of one you depended on, even took fro granted becomes a wake up call, a life-changing reflection point. Based on the love and respect he inspired tonight, it is not an exaggeration to say Phife’s loss has prompted such an epiphany for all of hip-hopKanye West felt moved to share how much Tribe had meant to him saying in an emotionally pitched, spontaneous speech “whatever I do wrong, blame Tip and Phife ’cause Tribe raised me.” He also contrasted the influence and inspiration the assembled innovators brought to the world with the wealth of the Hollywood and music industry elite who have often profited from it, saying “I see so much power in this room.” He wasn’t wrong. Lauryn Hill, Dave Chappelle, LL Cool J and Chuck D (who spoke as well) were all in attendance as well as the expected Native Tongues family like Queen Latifah, Leaders Of The New School, Dres from Black Sheep and members of De La Soul and Jungle Brothers. Hip-hop godfather Grandmaster Flash was moved to say a few words as well and in one of the evening’s most jaw-dropping moments, Andre 3000 paid his respects and revealed that a joint Tribe-OutKast album had been in the works before Phife passed, telling the story of how he and Big Boi literally got their deal by rapping over “Scenario” for L.A. Reid. He was there, too. Redman, Black Rob, Pete Rock…the list of those who came to show their face and pay their respect goes on and on. But of course the most moving speeches came from Phife’s brothers Q-Tip, Jarobi and Ali Shaheed Muhammad who used the moment to speak earnestly to the power of love, both in the abstract and in the small gestures of family and friends. The entire event capped of with Phife’s long-awaited J Dilla-produced single “Nutshell.” There will be much more to say about this in the hours and days to come, but for now all we can say is, Wow. Scroll down to check some of the night’s most emotional, hair on the back of your neck stand up highlights as captured in social media.

“Anything I ever did wrong, blame Tip and Phife because y’all raised me” -#KanyeWest

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#dangelo singing “You Got A Friend” at #phifedawg tribute….nice

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The Roots tribute to Phife.. Apollo Theater

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KRS freestylin 😩🙌🏾❤️

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