Diplo rocks the tent (DJ set)
"Captain" Kirk Douglas of The Roots
Rakim and Black Thought of The Roots
All photos of The Roots Picnic by Eric Ashleigh. Check out the rest of the photos from the Roots Picnic here.
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.
Black Thought, Moosh & Twist, The Roots
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”
Friday, September 23rd
Cage The Elephant
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Company of Thieves
Saturday, September 24th
Foster The People
The Budos Band
Mates Of State
Black Thought & J. Period Mixtape
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!)
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.Black Thought, Dice Raw, Money Making Jam Boys, P.O.R.N., STS, Truck North
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.Black Thought, Brass Heaven, Dice Raw, Philadelphia Music Magazine, The Roots
Photo by Rachel Leah Woliansky
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).
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)Black Thought, First Unitarian Church, Folkdadelphia, Free Energy, Grandchildren, Grimace Federation, Johnny Brenda's, Lewis And Clarke, R5 Productions, The Ox
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.Black Thought, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Salt-N-Pepa
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.Black Thought, Money Making Jam Boys, The Roots
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.
Dice Raw and STS talk about the MMJB mix tape project below.Black Thought, Dice Raw, Money Making Jam Boys, P.O.R.N., STS, Truck North