Since the untimely passing of Paul Walker last weekend, Tyrese is someone we can all feel for as he's put out some raw and emotional words throughout the week on his social channels. Plus, there was the emotion of him breaking down at the Paul Walker crash site. Now, Tyrese channeled those feelings onto music with this new tribute song featuring fellow Fast & The Furious co-star Ludacris and The Roots.
It's hard not to appreciate the words by both Tyrese and Luda and sonically, it's just the right mood for it too. You can tell The Roots influence on it, with the hook also standing out as well. You can listen to this tribute song with some appropriate accompanying footage below. R.I.P. Paul Walker.
Last night, Big Sean was joined by Kid Cudi on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform one of the standout jams from Hall of Fame "First Chain". They were also backed by The Roots, and the only icing on the cake would have been if Nas were available to spit his verse too. But no biggie, seeing Sean and Cudi perform together on national TV is a treat in itself. And both of them didn't miss a word. I can imagine a casual viewer stumbling upon this and being impressed with both Sean and Cud's raps. If you know the song, you know they're goin pretty fast and in this performance they spit each word with max. clarity. Real dope performance of one of my favorite three tracks on the album as well. Watch and enjoy above ICYMI.
Don't worry, it's a Miley Cyrus post about the music! She teams up with The Roots & Jimmy Fallon to provide an a capella version of "We Can't Stop" last night, channeling The Brady Bunch along the way. With all of The Roots contributing many layers to the song, it sounds like a pretty full ensemble. Can't help but appreciate this! #Salute to Fallon, The Roots, and Miley.
Growing up the Sesame Street song is something that we all grew up listening. This, however, isn't your ordinary theme song as we get the cast of Sesame Street to be assisted by Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and a Black Thought freestyle in the process. Enjoy!
"Brandy‘s little sister lame and you know it now."
- Kanye West
Kanye West made his first appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, a surprise one at that, as he joins The Roots and is accompanied by Charlie Wilson for a performance of the Yeezus fan favorite "Bound 2".
And wow, did this come to life live, huh? Not only was 'Ye flanked by the booming vocals of Charlie Wilson, but also a children chorus for help on the sample. The live version of "Bound 2" was filled with soul from all of the above (The Roots and Mano included) and that's fitting for the many who call the album's concluding track Yeezus' most soulful, "throwback Kanye" jam.
I thoroughly enjoyed this performance and feel like it's a great glimpse of what's to come on the Yeezus tour (tickets on sale Friday!)
The odd yet natural collab of Elvis Costello & The Roots is taking shape in the form of Wise Up Ghost, to be released next week September 17th. Now, via NPR, we can listen to the album in its entirety with the full album stream below. Naturally, this is a perfect project to press play and leave on in the background. See if you like it before getting the album next week!
This being my very first Throwback Thursday series I had to start this with three gems. The first being from the early 90's, the second from the 2000's, the last being made within the past 2-3 yrs.
1992- "Chief Rocka" Boom shaka aka yo here comes the Chief Rocka, Rock it down…
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Chief Rocka by Lords of The Underground has a special place for me. Not only is it a part of the Golden Age of Hip-Hop but it also has a Notorious BIG connection. How are they connected you say? The chorus off of Biggie's "Machine Gun Funk" off his Ready to Die album. What the Chief Rocka video is that it captures all five elements of Hip-Hop. We have Graffiti, emcees, DJing, B-Boy/Girl, and of course Knowledge is dropped by the Lords of the Underground.
2004- "2 Words" Two words, Chi town, raised me, crazy So I live by two words, "Fuck you, pay me"
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February 10, 2004 was the year when a beatsmith moved from production to lyricist as we witnessed one of the greatest debuts in Hip-Hop history. Through this debut we also witnessed the first wave of Chicago emcees get massive attention as a result of Kanye's prowess lyrically and production wise. College dropout in my opinion is Kanye's most conscious albums and tracks like "2 Words" with Mos Def, Freeway, and the Boys of Harlem choir made this a gritty track that raised awareness like no other track did during its time. It was so great that it was also featured as a performance on Chappelle's Show. A moving, conscious and gritty track is what "2 Words" is. Kanye changed the game since the introduction of College Dropout, we haven't looked back since.
2010- "Radio Daze"
Life is fiction, competition and contradiction Petty perceptions, window dressing for misdirection
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The Roots had a remarkable year in 2010 as a result of a great album. How I got Over, in my opinion was the best album from start to finish but was overshadowed by commercially pushed albums. From this great Roots album is "Radio Daze" a track that wasn't a single by any means but is a phenomenal Hip-Hop track with the additions of BLU, PO.R.N., and Dice Raw which made this a phenomenal, easygoing track to kickback and listen to. It might've been overlooked but it is definitely appreciated.
If you readers have any ideas on what tracks you feel you should make following editions of this Throwback Thursday editions feel free to contact me via twitter to discuss your favorite Hip-Hop tracks of the past +20, 10, and 5 years.
Gotta love it when Jimmy Fallon gets The Roots together with an artist to recreate a popular song. In this case, it's Robin Thicke and the widely popular song of the summer "Blurred Lines". ICYMI the other night, Fallon, The Roots, and even Thicke with a spoon gathered some ordinary and not so ordinary musical instruments and just played together in one synchronization in front of the camera. The highlight: when everybody sings the words "Blurred Lines", ha! Watch and enjoy above.