Black Thought and J.Period performing with Reef the Lost Cauze, Mic Stew and Rowboat Casino at The Blockley on December 29th

Photo of Black Thought by Eric Ashleigh
Here’s a hip-hop show you don’t want to miss. Black Thought of the legendary Roots crew and J.Period The Mixtape Assassin are performing at The Blockley on Saturday, December 29th with Reef The Lost Cauze, Mic Stew and Rowboat Casino. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, sample some of the goods including Reef’s Key Studio video session, the J.Period produced “In The Ghetto (Wake Up!)” featuring Black Thought, Rakim and John Legend and “What Is Hip Hop” by Mic Stew.


Chill Moody and Dice Raw to perform at Roots mural painting session tomorrow

The Roots have opened up another chance for Philadelphians to grab a paintbrush and help put their mark on the cityscape. This Saturday from 1 PM to 3 PM, the ongoing Roots MuralArts project at the World Communications Charter School (512 S. Broad Street) will be unveiled for the first time for the public to view. The mural, which is expected to be completed and dedicated sometime in 2013, has been called MuralArts’ “most ambitious” endeavor yet, so it’s an exciting opportunity for city-dwellers to become part of one of the city’s three thousand murals. As an added bonus, participants will be treated to performances from Chill Moody and Dice Raw; ?uestlove and Black Thought will also make appearances at the unveiling. Don’t miss this chance to let your color-by-number skills become part of Philadelphia’s history!


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.


“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.


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”


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
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
Charles Bradley
The Vaccines
The Budos Band
Mates Of State
Black Landlord
Black Thought & J. Period Mixtape
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!)


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

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)

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).

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)


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.

“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.