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Black Thought announces second annual Roots Rock Run 5k in conjunction with the Roots Picnic

Black Thought of The Roots
Black Thought of The Roots

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.

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Jhene Aiko, playing Roots Picnic, shares an understated beautiful new song, “My Afternoon Dream”

Photo via facebook.com/jheneaiko
Photo via facebook.com/jheneaiko
To celebrate her 26th birthday, Jhene Aiko shared a video for the understated melodic beauty of a new song, “My Afternoon Dream.” Much like her friend and collaborator Drake, she too learned that working with the negatives (literally) can make for better pictures. Filmed on a beach in Maui, the negative color muting effect is used in the entire clip where we see waves bathing the shores as Aiko’s daughter – the subject of the song – frolics through the sand while her mother softly sings: “Don’t wake me up ’cause I’m in love with all that you are / You make me see the truth in things, I think that you are / The remedy for everything it seems that you are”. With a successful EP under her belt, Jhene Aiko is set to release her debut album Souled Out later this year and perform at this year’s Roots Picnic on May 31st alongside Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae, Chill Moody and many more. Get tickets here.

Jhené Aiko “My Afternoon Dream” from Jhené Aiko on Vimeo.

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Photos: The Roots rock their picnic as the sun sets

Philly’s legendary jazzy-funky-rocky-hiphop act The Roots closed out their sixth annual Roots Picnic on Saturday night with a high energy, fast-paced set. Check out a gallery of images from their set above.

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Funky Friday: Roots Picnic edition

RootsPicnic_2013_Schedule_WEB Tomorrow is the Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing with a stellar lineup including Naughty By Nature, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grimes, Joey Bada$$, Trinidad James, Gary Clark, Jr., Solange, Grimes, Robert Glasper, How To Dress Well, Philly’s Lushlife, DJ Premiere and others. The music starts at Noon; schedule is above. Being that’s it’s Funky Friday today, we bring you the Roots Picnic edition of Funky Friday with some of our favorite jams below. See you at the picnic!


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Listen to new Joey Bada$$, “Word Is Bond” (playing Roots Picnic this Saturday, June 1)

Joey-Badass-Summer-Knights-art Our friends at Okayplayer just tipped us to a new song, “Word Is Bond,” by Joey Bada$$ produced by Statik Slektah. It’s the first taste of a new release, Summer Knights. In case you missed JB’s 1999 mixtape, (highly recommended by the way), you can download it for free here. Bada$$ is in town this Saturday, June 1, for the Roots Picnic. Don’t miss it. Download “Word Is Bond,” below, with some serious beats by Selectah, and some fantastic flow by Bada$$.