R.A.G.U. (Raekwon and Ghostface United) dropped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform the Chef’s lead single, “Rock ‘N Roll,” from that Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, in stores March 8. Guess Jim Jones was AWOL. “Never rock skinny jeans I’m way above…” [Peeped at Rap Radar via HipHopStan]
Remember when ODB and Black Thought looked like they were about to throw the fives on stage? Can’t find that video at all. But Black Thought recently dropped standout verses on Ghostface’s Apollo Kids album and on Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, so it’s all good.
Yesterday I posted that the Roots’ soon be released How I Got Over album was all of nine records (hey, it’s what Def Jam said), but OkayPlayer and ?uestlove say it’s 11 (don’t think that includes skit/interludes, though). Anyway, I got an early listen at the album last night (two thumbs up after one listen amidst listening session distractions that inlcuded free Hennessey) after noting that ?uestlove said How I Got Over was their 11th solo album, as opposed to the ninth that the now faulty press release said, I asked him to explain.
Black Thought says his much delayed Masterpiece Theater solo is on the “backburner” while he finishes up his Dangerous Thoughts project with Danger Mouse. Can’t figure why Mr. Trotter is seemingly lacking a solo deal. A&R’s, step your game up.
Much respect due to the homie Mikey Fresh for making these Flip cam clips look all official.
The Roots’ ninth album, and third on Def Jam, is due June 22nd. Only nine tracks?
?uestlove is a proponent of the less is more theory (see Nas’ Illmatic or Sly & The Family Stone’s Stand!), so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. The as yet unheard lead single is called “Dear God 2.0” and is a remix/re-imagining of Monsters of Folk’s “Dear God.”
Track list after 2009’s (wtf?) “How I Got Over” video.
1. Walk Alone (Truck North, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
2. Dear God 2.0 (Jim James, MOF)
3. Radio Daze (Blu, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
4. Now Or Never (Phonte Coleman, Dice Raw)
5. How I Got Over (Dice Raw)
6. The Day (Blu, Phonte Coleman, Patty Crash)
7. Right On (Joanna Newsom, Sugar Tongue Slim)
8. Doin It Again (John Legend)
9. The Fire (John Legend, Rick Friedrich)
Easily the best of the Cyphers that dropped during the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Each MC came off and has a mean argument as to why they were the best. I say it’s a draw.*
The real winner is the random, bridge and tunnel looking white dude who got into like every shot. There he is, 2nd from the left in the pic below.
*I’m leaning towards Mos Def > Black Thought> Eminem
A few years back I asked Black Thought—for the Roots cover story on the left, try to find it, it’s good—why he had so few collaborations with other MCs outside of the Roots camp. His answer:
“It’s cause people are scared to rock with me on their joints, I don’t know. You only going to work with motherf**ker’s that you know… It’s very rare…there is a couple of rare occasions where you just reach out to somebody you have no existing relationship with already to get them on a record but that’s not really how I tend to work. Yeah, a lot of people are scared and over the years it’s, ‘Why I’ma put somebody else on my record that’s so spectactular? It might sound mediocre.'”—Black Thought
What’s ill is that the Roots frontman somehow manage to sound humble while giving that answer. Anyway, the late great Big Pun wasn’t scared. Props to 2DopeBoyz.