Elvis Costello and The Roots are combining for a joint album, in case you missed the news on the odd but promising collab. Today, the tracklist for Wise Up Ghost is revealed via Questlove's instagram. The album drops September 17th. Lookin' forward to it — no features on it, but perhaps that'll change?
Sometime between the ending of the Game 6 OT thriller and during Gregg Popovich's tear-inducing postgame press conference, Ice Cube was performing an all-time hip hop classic live with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Fortunately, we can watch the powerful and nostalgic performance above — really a chilling, must-see when you see Ice Cube's raw energy mixed with the soulful grooves provided by Questlove & Co. The Roots bring out the song's iconic notes with their usual jazzy twist, giving the song a fresh 2013 feel. Even Fallon himself set the tone with an extra level of genuine excitement than usual as he introduced Ice Cube. Not much else to say except, press play above.
Last night, Kelly Rowland wasted no time in pushing her new single with Wiz Khalifa "Gone", which she dropped earlier in the day, by performing it with Wiz and The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This was my first impression of the song as Jodeci gave Kelly a glowing a review when we posted it yesterday. And it's an instant *Tibs Fav. I like the story and relatable emotions that Rowland expresses with Wiz adding the male perspective. The performance was nice as well, with The Roots' instrumentation acting as a great compliment too. Watch the performance above ICYMI last nite.
UPDATE: One more preview of Talk A Good Game, out June 18th, as Kelly reels in a featured verse from Pusha T and a smooth production from Pharrell. Her vocals boom on "Street Life" with Pusha doin his thing on the third verse. Press play on a radio rip below. Another solid *Tibs Fav.
Last night, I happened to catch this performance live on Jimmy Fallon as The-Dream was joined by the soulful Gary Clark Jr. for a performance of "Too Early" off his new IV Play album. I think the song may need to grow on me as there were only parts of the performance I liked. I especially liked Gary Clark Jr. and The Roots, per usual, playing in the back. Here's the performance above in case you missed it!
Roots fans, we have some news and notes for their upcoming albums to release this year. Yes, albums. First, in what could be the group's most unique collaborative project yet, they have a full album with Elvis Costello by the newly revealed name, Wise Up Ghost, dropping on September 17th. Plus, their own studio album is set to drop afterwards but still in 2013 and is said to be titled, & Then You Shoot Your Cousin.
Last night Jimmy Fallon had a fun lineup that not only featured J. Cole, but a GWHH-fav. Aziz Ansari as the lead guest. I ended up catching the whole show to see both and to kick it off, I must say I was impressed by Cole's performance of Born Sinner's lead single "Power Trip". He delivered the rhymes with the same pace and clarity as in the studio and I'd imagine it was an easy-to-follow first listen for anyone who turned on Fallon and is not up on J. Cole's latest. Plus, did you catch his little acknowledgement to the late Chris Kelly in his Kris Kross reference? Job well-done with The Roots playing the music behind him and a recording of Miguel in place for the hook (shouts to yardie on the rip).
In other J. Cole news, he delivered an interesting quote to Billboard yesterday regarding the reasoning behind moving up his album to June 18th. The answer, as you correctly assumed, was to compete with Kanye. Very logical reasoning. He won't win #1, but he will get a lot of extra looks when Yeezus is next to Born Sinner on the shelves. How bout that for contrasting album title names? Ha!
“Instantly the lightbulb [turned on]… it got real. I made one phone call to somebody that would know, just to make sure first. As soon as I got it confirmed, I was like, ‘Yo…’ The idea hit me instantly: ‘You got to go to that date’. I’m not going to sit [here]… I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album. It’d be like, ‘Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought.”
“It’s a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident. At the same time, let’s not forget this is Kanye West. He bets 100, 1,000, whatever the perfect is. His track record is flawless. I’m only expecting an incredible album from him. But I know what I have.”
- J. Cole
Here's the aforementioned Aziz getting over NYC late nights and telling relatable texting stories, hah!
Here is a dope new weekend roundup of a variety of news and tidbits that happened amongst all the #YeezySeason mania that is going on, hah!
First off, up above, De La Soul performed live with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon. Above is the feel-good "A Rollerskating Jam Named Saturdays" and "Jenifa Taught Me" can be viewed here. De La's got a new album coming out (!) entitled You're Welcome, slated for this Fall.
An intriguing upcoming collab was announced — Mario & Nicki Minaj! Mario revealed the single on the way, produced by Polow Da Don, via a handwritten note from the heart (seen below). May 21st, you can expect to hear this.
The day before (i.e. tomorrow), T.I. will release his new single with Lil Wayne "Wit Me". You can catch the teaser trailer from last Friday here and peep the new single art below.
And below that, you'll notice the tracklist to Ludacris' upcoming mixtape, IDGAF. There's plenty of big-name features on the 10-track opus, set to be released May 24th. Whew! How bout that for some quick-hit news?!
Wait, one late addition: Action Bronson tweeted a collab project with Harry Fraud called Saab Stories will be impacting early June.
From Mario himself: "Somebody Else" f/ Nicki Minaj drops Tuesday, May 21st
T.I. "Wit Me" f/ Lil Wayne single and music video drops tomorrow, May 20th!
Ludacris 'IDGAF' mixtape dropping May 24th (front cover here)