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Black Thought Speaks On New “Concept LP” From The Roots Dropping Soon

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Black Thought Talks The Roots New LP Dropping Spring 2014

Black Thought recently revealed that The Roots‘ forthcoming 11th studio LP will be another concept album a la undun, which was constructed around the tragic life-narrative of troubled protagonist Redford Stevens. The new project will be the latest offering from the legendary crew following the critically-acclaimed Wise Up Ghost LP – The Roots’ collaborative project with Elvis Costello, which dropped this past fall. Questlove teased the title …And Then You Shot Your Cousin (or &TYSYC for short) about a year ago. Now comes word that the project is closer to materializing than most might have thought. News of the project dropping this spring via Def Jam, conveniently follows the 15th anniversary of their seminal Things Fall Apart LP, which dropped in 1999 and netted a trophy for “You Got Me” at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards. In a recent chop up session with XXL Magazine, Black Thought discussed the forthcoming project in detail:

“We’re close to being done on it, it’s coming soon, hopefully sometime this Spring,” Thought said. “It’s called And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. It’s conceptual; it’s another concept album in the spirit of undun, but it’s not just about just one kind of character, we create quite a few different characters in this record. It’s satire, but in that satire it’s an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in–not only the hip-hop community, but in the community.”

According to Thought, this project will revolve around an entire cast instead of on central character:

“We created some of these characters that we kind of see,” he continued. “We as artists, musicians, Philadelphians, New Yorkers, we as black men, we’re familiar with very many of these characters, and we kind of introduce them to the rest of the world in a manner that makes them more easily understood than maybe seeing it.”

While the album will be easily digestible, Thought promises the project that will continue to unfold over time.

“Hopefully you’ll get something new from it every time you listen to it, you’ll hone in on something different,” Thought said. “It’s short enough to do that, to take in, to digest in one sitting, so to speak. I think right now it’s at maybe 34 minutes; there may be one or two musical things added on to the record that I know is the record at this point. But I don’t think it will be any longer than 36 or 37 minutes in its entirety. So in that, it’s short enough to digest, but it’s gonna be dense. So dense that maybe in one sitting you’ll listen to it and only listen to the piano and string arrangements, and then you’ll listen to it again and you’ll get into the actual words that are being said, and you’ll listen again and get into some of the other musicality. There’s very many layers to this record, but it doesn’t take place over very much time.”

Stay tuned for more as details emerge. Check the full article via XXL.

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Rick Ross x The Roots Perform “The Devil Is A Lie” On The Tonight Show

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Rick Ross Performs "The Devil Is A Lie" Live On The Tonight Show With The Roots

Rick Ross hit the stage with The Roots to perform his smash single “The Devil Is A Lie” on The Tonight Show ahead of the release of his forthcoming Mastermind LP, which drops on March 4th. Rozay brought a major dose of Miami heat with a set that more than made up for the absence of Hov – his designated partner in crime on this particular track. The Roots killed it once again, making quick work of the slow burning slapper of a trap track from Major Seven and K.E. On The Track. Check the footage below to watch Rick Ross perform “The Devil Is A Lie” live on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Pre-order the Mastermind LP via iTunes. Stay tuned for more.

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Jimmy Fallon x Justin Timberlake Perform History Of Rap 5 To Cap The Tonight Show’s First Week

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Justin Timberlake x Jimmy Fallon History of Rap 5

Hot damn. History has been made again, and by History I mean ‘History Of Rap Part 5′ as performed by BFFs Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon mere moments ago on the capper to the new Tonight Show’s inaugural week. You knew when you saw Justin Timberlake on the bill for this week they were gonna give the people what they want. Just knew it. The mega-medley did not disappoint, kicking off with LL Cool J‘s “I’m Bad” (that’s the second explicit reference to doing “the wop” on the Tonight Show by the way, and we’re only 5 days in) running through some hits from the Yo! MTV Raps and G-Funk era, without skipping over some of your more forgotten MCs (Skee-Lo and Pos K are glad to see those performance royalties right about now, I’d wager). By far the money shot of the whole thing though was the surprise nod to Ini Kamoze with the unexpected “Hot Stepper” though I couldn’t tell you if it was Fallon’s terrible Jamaican accent or Timberlake’s mani energy on the “Murdera” ad libs that really sell it. The Fallon digital team is so on it they are dropping these videos in more or less real time (not even waiting for the West Coast!) so as I blog this I’m actually missing JT’s “real” performance in the next segment. In the words of Grand Puba: Gotta go, gotta go (maybe he’ll make Part 6). Enjoy below and scroll down for the full tracklist:

LL Cool J — I’m Bad

Run DMC — Beats to the Rhyme

Crazy Calls – Wait for the Beep

Beastie Boys — Fight For Your Right

Tone Loc — Wild Thing

DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince – Fresh Prince Theme

Salt N’ Pepa — Whatta Man

Positive K — I Got A Man

The Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa

Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg – Dre Day

Warren G feat. Nate Dogg – Regulate

N.W.A. — Straight Outta Compton

Ini Kamoze – Hot Stepper

Outkast – So Fresh, So Clean

Busta Rhymes feat. P. Diddy & Pharrell — Pass the Courvoisier, Part II

Kris Kross – Jump

Skee-Lo — I Wish

Jay Z – 99 Problems

Ludacris — Move Bitch (Get Out the Way)

Drake — Started From the Bottom

Kendrick Lamar — Swimming Pools (Drank)

Kanye West feat. T-Pain — Good Life

Run DMC — Walk This Way

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OKP Premiere: Chill Moody- “nicethings Fall Apart” (prod. by JoeLogic)

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OKP Premiere: Chill Moody- "nicethings Fall Apart" (prod. by JoeLogic)

Dang, its 2014 already, huh? Amongst the litany of albums celebrating their 15th anniversaries this year, our coux de grais would have to be that of The Roots‘ seminal work Things Fall Apart, which turns 15 this Sunday the 23rd. And to commemorate the monumental influence of that album in the years after, Chill Moody comes through to pay it homage with his one-off tributary “nicethings Fall Apart”; a track that boasts Moody’s smooth delivery over a sketch of chopped-up TFA samples produced by JoeLogic. The Philly-hubbed collective produces ill rehashes of some of the most important records to our dear tradition and “nicethings Fall Apart” is no exception. So go ahead and rock with Chill Moody and get the 15th anniversary of The Roots’ recently gone-platinum Things Fall Apart  started right.

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Questlove Takes OKP TV Backstage For Jimmy Fallon’s Debut On The Tonight Show

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Questlove backstage at Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show debut

On the occasion of Jimmy Fallon‘s debut as the new host of the Tonight ShowQuestlove let Okayplayer TV shadow him for the entire day, allowing our cameras unprecedented access to his personal rituals of preparation before the show’s first taping, featuring Will Smith and U2. Questo gave us so much access, in fact, that what started as a vignette became a two-part mini-documentary giving us glimpses of Questlove’s training regimen (gloves up); his new crib (arguably the best view in New York City); his infamous sneaker & t-shirt collections; his grooming secrets (the secret is: french toast) and the rare moment of reflection for the new hardest working man in showbiz–before plunging into the backstage madness at 30 Rockefeller Center, that is.

In Part 2, Questlove takes us backstage and into his confidence, sharing his fears of living up to “the three greats” (Michael Jackson, Prince & J Dilla, naturally) and his formula for maintaining his zen in the face of all the opening night jitters and jinxes:

“We’ve done this show 969 times, what I don’t want to do is pretend this is show #1. I want to pretend like this is show #970.”

We get to sit in on The Roots‘ rehearsal, hear the behind the scenes backstory of how the show’s new theme song was created, and bug out with Captain Kirk and James Poyser of the Legendary while Questo gets his yearly facial hair shape up. In other words, it’s just like actually being there in 3-d on the buzzing 30 Rock set, getting the stage door view as TV history is made (did we mention that The Roots & Jimmy Fallon’s opening night attracted a record 11.3 million viewers? And, more importantly, brought the Tonight Show back to New York where it belongs?). So come follow we as Questlove takes us on a guided journey through a career-high day as the leader of Jimmy Fallon’s house band AKA The Greatest Job On Earth. The safe word is ‘Grapefruit’. Let’s go:

Videographer + Editor: Jake Remington (Collabo!)

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