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Photo recap: Day Two, Roots Picnic

All photos of The Roots Picnic by Eric Ashleigh. Check out the rest of the photos from the Roots Picnic here.

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“Let’s Move It Philly 2012″ fundraiser for Black Thought’s GrassROOTS Community Foundation

 The GrassROOTS Community Foundation is a collaborative effort of Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, co-founder and lead MC of the Roots, and sociologist Dr. Janice Johnson Dias. According to their website, the organization is “committed to contributing to the health and well-being of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities. Merging the talents of socially conscious artists with those of a rigorous scientific research and creative team, we are investing our energies to developing the capacity of community based organizations that offer educational and recreational services to disadvantaged women and girls.” On Saturday, February 18th, Black Thought is holding his annual “Let’s Move It Philly” charity event for GrassROOTs at Sigma Sound Studios featuring performances from Black Thought and Questlove, DJ Rich Medina, DJ Diamond Kuts, the Money Making Jam Boys and Nikki Jean. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

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Download a new Moosh & Twist mixtape and remix of the song “Mathematics” featuring Black Thought of The Roots

Moosh (left) & Twist (right)

Philadelphia hip-hop duo Moosh & Twist released a new mixtape recently called The Welcome Mat that you can download here. Hot on the heels of the six song “tape”, the duo (both recent high school graduates) have already released a remix of the song “Mathematics” featuring Black Thought of The Roots. You can download the remix of the song here. Below, check out the video for another new song, “Take Me Back”

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Just Announced: The complete Popped! Music Festival lineup


The Popped! Music Festival lineup has been officially announced. The festival is September 23–24 at FDR Park (AKA “The Lakes”).

Friday, September 23rd
The Shins
Cage The Elephant
Elbow
Panda Bear
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Company of Thieves

Saturday, September 24th
Pretty Lights
Girl Talk
Foster The People
Cults
Charles Bradley
The Vaccines
The Budos Band
Mates Of State
Black Landlord
Rakim
Black Thought & J. Period Mixtape
Kreayshawn
Zee Avi
Patty Crash

A limited number of Early Bird two-day passes ($90) and Early Bird two-day VIP passes ($175) are on sale now through Thursday, June 23rd, at 10 p.m. Use the code: POPPED (for two-day passes) and code: VIPPOPPED (for two-day VIP passes) at the Popped! wesbite or at Ticketmaster. VIP passes include a special viewing area near the stage, a separate entrance, bar/food/restroom areas. Regular price two-day passes ($110) and two-day VIP passes ($200) go on sale this Friday, June 24th, at 10 a.m. at the Popped! website and Ticketmaster. Charge by phone at 800-745-8000, or the Electric Factory Box Office located at 421 N. 7th Street. (No service fees for cash purchases!)

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Watch the new video for “Tear It Down” by Money Making Jam Boys

Philly’s Money Making Jam Boys – Black Thought, Dice Raw, STS, Truck North and P.O.R.N. – just released a new video for “Tear It Down.” Watch the black & white video, filmed at the Hiro Ballroom in New York below. The song is from MMJB’s debut mixtape The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic that you can download here.

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Watch a video of Brass Heaven and Black Thought from the Roots pre-picnic event at Dobbs

The folks at Philadelphia Music Magazine captured some of the activity at the Roots Pre-Picnic event on South Street. Hosted by Dice Raw, they filmed Brass Heaven with Black Thought. Check out the video below. Go here to check out our coverage of The Roots picnic.

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This Weekend’s Picks: Free Energy, Black Thought, Grimace Federation, Busses + Upholstery, Lewis And Clarke

Free Energy

Photo by Rachel Leah Woliansky

Free Energy performs 2/18 at First Unitarian Church

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Free Energy + The Postelles, Sweatheart at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, $10); Black Thought + Rich Medina at The Blockley (10:30 p.m., 21+, $20-$25); Air Waves + Toddler Kat, Other Colors at The Ox (8 p.m.); Bacon Brothers at Sellersville Theater (6:30 & 9:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); Darwin Deez + Cheers Elephant, The New Connection at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $10-$12)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19
There’s an impressive local lineup at The Ox tonight: Grimace Federation, Grandchildren, Power Animal, Ryat, and Circadian Rhythms. Meanwhile, over at Johnny Brenda’s Upholstery celebrates the release of its second album, Clydesdales & Tardigrades, with an opening performance for locals Busses and Royal Shoals (9 p.m., 21+, $10).

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Lewis And Clarke headlines the second installment of Fred Knittel’s “Folkadelphia” concert series; if you haven’t read our interview with Knittel yet, you can find it here.

Also playing: Jon Langford And Skull Orchard + Eddie Spaghetti (of The Supersuckers), Whitey Morgan And The 78s, Lydia Loveless at North Star Bar (7 p.m., 21+, $10)

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Tonight In Hip-Hop: Old School and New School

If you’re a hip-hop fan, tonight you can kick it old school and new school. For you old-school hip-hoppers, “Salt-N-Pepa’s Legends Of Hip-Hop Tour” hits the Liacouras Center on Temple University’s campus at 8 p.m with performances by Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Doug E Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, and Kurtis Blow. Chances are you’ll have enough time to make it from North Philly to West Philly to see the new school perform as “The Black Rose Foundation Presents Let’s Move Philadelphia: A Health Benefit For Black Girls” featuring Black Thought (of The Roots) and Rich Medina at The Blockley. Below, a chance to relive the past through some of our favorite old-school video jams.

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“Salt-N-Pepa’s Legends Of Hip-Hop” begins at 8 p.m. at the Liacouras Center; tickets are $42.50–$73. Black Thought and Rich Medina perform at 10:30 p.m. at The Blockley; tickets to the 21+ show are $20-$25.

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Download Money Making Jam Boys’ new mix tape, The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic

As we mentioned earlier this week, Philly’s Money Making Jam Boys have put together their first mix tape, which was officially released at midnight. The group includes The Roots’ Black Thought, as well as Roots collaborators Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N., and S.T.S. You can give “Day Job” a listen below; visit 10deep.com to download the full mix tape.

Money Making Jam Boys – Day Job (Prod. by Khari Ferrari) by Hypetrak

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Philly’s Money Making Jam Boys to release mix tape next Thursday 2/3


Philly’s Money Making Jam Boys include The Roots’ Black Thought along with Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N. and S.T.S. (all of whom have collaborated with The Roots). Along with 10.Deep they’re released their first mix tape here next Thursday February 3rd called The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic. On this new tune “Day Job” (you can stream below) the hip-hop beats are hard and funky and the raps are on the old school tip. The mix tape is available Midnight, February 3rd.

Money Making Jam Boys – Day Job (Prod. by Khari Ferrari) by Hypetrak

Dice Raw and STS talk about the MMJB mix tape project below.

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