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.
Ask a Hip Hop fan to describe a Philadelphia Emcee only using a few words. I guarantee “Big Beard” will be in the description. Philadelphia has been widely known for it’s beards, and in Hip Hop it is no different.
Some of the top 12 beards in Philly hip-hop include Questlove and Black Thought, 4 Horsemen rappers Hollowman and Kre Forch, Tana Da Beast and Tone Trump. Our pal Reef The Lost Cauze is on the list and Freeway takes the number one spot. Reef’s got a new collaboration with producer and beat maker Emyndalbum, The Fast Way. Below, watch a Key Studio Session we did with Reef a couple years back in the WXPN studios. Check out the full list here, and let us know who’s missing from the list.
Questlove and Black Thought from The Roots have announced the lineup to this year’s Philly 4th of July Jam as part of the WaWa Welcome America! The lineup includes John Mayer, Ne-Yo, J.Cole, Demi Lovato, Grace Potter, and Jill Scott. You can get more information about all the WaWa Welcome America festivities here.
Here’s a round up of some recent Roots-related news:
In an interview with Uber Urban, Roots MC Black Thought talked about several exciting projects he has in the works. These included film collaborations, “branching off” into clothing design, writing an autobiography, and recording a “blues album.” He’s also collaborating with Raheem DeVaughn, Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio. Watch the interview below.
On The Roots front, last month Questlove told Billboard that a new Roots album called & Then You Shoot Your Cousin will be out in late 2013 or early 2014. In addition, The Roots and Elvis Costello also recorded together, and are in the final stages of mixing their collaborative record.
GrassROOTS was formed by sociologist Dr. Janice Johnson Dias back in 2010 with long time friend, Black Thought from The Roots to bring health awareness to African American and low-income communities. Based on some alarming statistics, Dr. Johnson Dias and her colleagues at GrassROOTS decided to that the best way to make a difference was to work directly within the community. Continue reading →
York County pop-rock four-piece Kingsfoil is wrapping up its 2012 with a headlining show tonight at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster. The band put out its sophomore album this year, the hooky and emotive A Beating Heart is a Bleeding Heart, and recorded a Key Studio Session with us on the eve of Hurricane Sandy. Opening the show is fellow Central Pennsylvanian Jesse Baker, whose LP Tearing Down the Walls is available as a free download here. More information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; below, watch the video for Kingsfoil’s very catchy single “What Your Mother Taught You.”
Below, listen to a new song, “Capital Crime” from the forthcoming EP by Truck North, American Cousin. Produced by The Wurx, the song features Black Thought of the legendary Roots crew (of which North is a collaborator with) and Asher Roth and was produced by The Wurxs.
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.