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Listen to a new Roots song, “When The People Cheer”

Photo via http://www.okayplayer.com/
Photo via http://www.okayplayer.com/

Below, listen to the first new song, “When The People Cheer” from the forthcoming Roots album, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. No date has been announced for the release of the album yet, however, Okayplayer did call it a “concept LP/anti-rap opera” album. Greg Porn leads off the song, then Black Thought steps in with his “existential rhymes” over Questlove’s always on point drumming. Check it out below, and don’t miss The Roots Picnic on Saturday, May 31st.

Update: Questlove announced on his instagram that the new Roots album will be released on May 13th.

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Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae, The War on Drugs and Chill Moody top The Roots 7th annual Roots Picnic lineup

Now in its 7th year, The Roots Picinic will bring an eclectic array of music to Festival Pier on May 31, and the band today revealed everything you need to know about this year’s installment.

The year the legendary hip-hop crew will share the stage with Snoop Dogg (backed by The Roots), as well as Janelle Monáe, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, araabMUZIK, The War On Drugs, Rudimental, Jhené Aiko, Biz Markie (DJ Set), Bad Rabbits, Electric Wire Hustle, Chill Moody, Emily Wells, Roman GianArthur & more.

Get tickets when they go onsale this Friday at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster and watch a few of the latest clips from acts on this year’s incredible lineup below.

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Chill Moody pays tribute to The Roots’ 1999 classic Things Fall Apart LP in new track

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

It’s been 15 years since The Roots released what is widely considered their breakthrough record Things Fall Apart. The album earned them two Grammy nomination, a top 40 hit (“You Got Me” featuring Erykah Badu and Eve), and platinum status.

To honor the local legends’ milestone, Philly emcee Chill Moody packs quite the lyrical punch on his new track “nicethings Fall Apart” delivering rhymes that detail his thirst for success over a selection of beats drawn from The Roots’ 1999 classic.

Ever the local favorite, fans recently named Moody the Indie Hip-Hop Artist of the Year at this year’s Tri-State Indie Music Awards where he also performed. Listen to “nicethings Fall Apart” below.

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Barry Gibb jams with The Roots

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(L-R) Robin, Maurice and Barry via http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2356426/Barry-Gibb-tells-guilt-remorse-loneliness-the-Bee-Gees.html

Bee Gee Barry Gibb has announced a limited six-city tour with a stop at the Wells Fargo Center on May 19th. The lead singer of the Bee Gees was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last week, jamming with The Roots on “You Should Be Dancing.” Gibb’s a little rough around the vocal edges, but the band swings and it’s good to hear the disco side of ?uestlove’s drumming.

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Listen to Questlove and Elvis Costello discuss the birth of Wise Up Ghost on WFUV and XPN’s World Cafe

Photo by Tamara Weber
Photo by Tamara Weber

Fordham University’s WFUV recently sat down with Philly’s own Questlove (The Roots) and Elvis Costello to discuss how their collaborative LP, Wise Up Ghost came to fruition earlier this year. Music lovers were given something to look forward to once news of the unlikely pairing began to surface. Upon release, the album was rightfully praised as it surpassed expectations. Listen here. Watch them perform “Wise Up Ghost” below. The band also appeared on World Cafe with David Dye this fall. Listen to that interview by clicking below.

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The Roots and Miley Cyrus get adorable on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

the-roots-miley-late-night-jimmy-leadPhiladelphia darlings The Roots teamed up with Miley Cyrus last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to rework her hit single “We Can’t Stop” into an a capella affair coupled with a Brady Bunch inspired visual display of all nine performers (Jimmy included). The band managed to tame the twerk anthem with vocal percussion and impressive harmonies. Is there anything that The Roots can’t groove to? You decide below.