A familiar local face appears towards the end of NPR Music’s latest Tiny Desk Concert, featuring Baltimore singer Mumu Fresh. With over a half dozen musicians packed behind the desk to back Mumu, the singer and emcee pauses during the middle of her third and final song, “Say My Name,” to introduce none other than The Roots’ founding member Black Thought. Continue reading →
The Roots’ founding member Black Thought announced the release date for his upcoming mixtape after teasing the project earlier this year. Titled Streams of Thought Vol. 1, the mixtape drops Friday June 1, conveniently the day before the Roots Picnic. Announced via twitter Friday, the tape is set to be a collab between Black Thought and super producer 9th Wonder and The Soul Council.
The Roots hold court at their annual picnic, headlining their historically star-studded “Jam Session” which previously included stars such as Pharrell, Erykah Badu, Usher, Snoop Dogg, and, this year, Dave Chappelle. Black Thought also appears billed separately on the lineup, bringing back his live mixtape set with J. Period while sharing the stage with Fabolous and Jadakiss. (Maybe the set will see the debut of songs off Streams of Thought.) Continue reading →
Not too long ago, we shared a new song from Black Thought called “Making A Murderer.” The Philly MC and frontman of The Roots showed up again on our feed, this time spitting a verse on a track by Chicago rapper/producer ADaD.
The song, “Holdin’ On”, also features Yaw and Khari Lemuel and was produced by Tensei. The smooth jam contains bits of soul, funk, and references Stevie Wonder’s “Songs In The Key Of Life.” Continue reading →
After alluding to having some tracks ready and waiting in the wings, Black Thought shared a new song called “Making a Murderer” last week via Ambrosia for Heads. The recording features New York rapper Styles P with production by 9th Wonder. The Philadelphia native underlines his status as a premiere MC over a chaotic bed of horn and percussive samples, name dropping everyone from Cecil B DeMille to Mario Batali.
We’re digging what we’re hearing so far from a new mixtape by rapper Freddie Gibbs. Shadow Of A Doubt is out on November 20th, and features collaborations with ManMan Savage, Dana Williams, Tory Lanez, Gucci Mane and E-40, and Black Thought of The Roots. Today, Gibbs shared two new songs from the project, including the track with Black Thought, “Extradite.” Continue reading →
Avid Dancer opens for Delta Spirit at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA tonight. This is a case of the band name perfectly matching the mood of the music, as Avid Dancer’s shimmering indie pop songs are dance floor ready. The LA project of Jacob Summers released a handful of songs on last year’s I Want to See You Dance EP, including the mellow “Stop Playing With My Heart” and the retro-sounding title track. Check out the video for that song below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 18+ show here.
On Saturday, November 1st the Mural Arts Program will unveil a new mural at 21st and Ellsworth Streets. The art piece, created by Ernel Martinez, is called ASpire and is dedicated to the late Dr. Shawn L. White. The event will bring Mural Arts Month to a close with a street festival featuring music, food and vendors while honoring one of the cities most devoted activists.
It sounds like S.T.S. may have a hit on his hands. Yesterday, the Philly rapper released a brand new track from his upcoming project WhiteGold: 215’s In My Trunk featuring local leading man, Black Thought of The Roots.
“$5,000 Dolla Coat Shit” is a great song for two reasons, starting with the beat. Continue reading →
The Wurx are Gee Moolah & Trons, and have been making music together since 2009. With a handful of EP’s and singles, the duo is carving out its own unique voice in the local hip-hop scene. As producers they’ve worked with Dice Raw, Asher Roth, Peedi Crakk, and with Truck North who appears on this new single. You can listen to all their music on their Soundcloud here.
Below, over a popping and funky horn driven sample, The Wurxs trade verses with Black Thought and Truck North over a groove that you don’t want to hear end on “Visions Polarized.”
In conjunction with this year’s Roots Picnic on May 31st, Roots member Black Thought has announced his second annual Roots Rock Run 5k to take place that morning. The community event will support GrassROOTS in its efforts to aid community health programs across the city. For more information and to register for the 5k go here. More information on the Roots Picnic, featuring The War on Drugs, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae and more can be found here.