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VIDEO: Aloe Blacc “I Need A Dollar” Live On Jimmy Fallon

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Aloe Blacc absolutely killed his performance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Most crooners would have been gasping for breath after the first couple of moves and their voices would have been cracking like they were 13. Hard to believe this was his first time on national TV. Stop snoozing folks; Aloe’s R&B debut Good Things is available now. The Roots on the beats, obviously. [Nod to The Smoking Section via Yardie]

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VIDEO: Aloe Blacc “I Need a Dollar”

Luis Guzman x Rasta Monsta x How to Make It in America

Please Don’t Call The Roots A House Band

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, T.V. | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Please Don’t Call The Roots A House Band

Still no Malik B...

Still no Malik B...

New York Mag’s Vulture Blog posted an item, with info swiped from Paste, on why the Roots decided to fall back on the touring and become Jimmy Fallon’s band.

Now this isn’t new knowledge, at all, but…

Issue #1: I’m not comfortable with the “house band” tag because a racist bum could easily flip “band” into “Negroes.” Semantics, whatever. I could be overreacting, save for the fact that…

Issue #2 In the Vulture blog post’s kicker the author writes, “And there you have it, how the Roots learned to put their guns down and love being a house band.”

Keep in mind that the Roots aren’t suckas but they also are one of Hip-Hop’s most non-gangsta acts. And despite Lil Weezy’s recent success at providing rednecks with supporting evidence (imagine having to explain “Always Strapped” in court), all rappers do not tote guns. Seriously. No kidding.

Anyway, coming from an entity affiliated with New York Magazine, which I thoroughly enjoy reading, I’m very disappointed. Editing fail.

Forgive my old school Source Magazine “Media Watch” moment. Below, Roots video for “How I Got Over.”

October 22, 2009 Posted by | Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , | 4 Comments

Still Livin’ Through

RIP DILLA

RIP DILLA

This Roots cover meant a lot to the kid being that it was my first for what I’d say was a prominent publication since Scratch Magazine was owned by Harris Publications (XXL, King, Guns & Ammo, et al.). No disrespect to the folks at Elemental Magazine, who blessed me with my first feature stories and ill cover looks with Pharoahe Monch, the Beatnuts and Mobb Deep, amongst others, before its owners bailed on like, everyone. That’s a story for another post, though.

Anyway, the cover, and issue in general, was especially dear to me since not only was it a damn good story on Jimmy Fallon’s new band but also included was an interview I conducted a couple of months prior with the late, great James “J Dilla/Jay Dee” Yancey. We had actually been holding the story, waiting to get another follow up interview with the man—really, no amount of time talking beats with Dilla could be enough—but unfortunately we got word of his passing while EIC Jerry Barrow was locking in the Roots story.

Bittersweet circumstances for sure—we even got hate mail for not putting Dilla on the cover instead (note: we considered, and honestly that move might have shuttered the doomed magazine even sooner)—but as devout Dilla followers before it was fashionable I think we did the man justice.

[Audio http://www.archive.org/download/Dynamite_183/06Dynamite.mp3%5D The Roots “Dynamite!” (Prod. by J Dilla)

Quotes that didn’t make the Roots story (via Scratch Blog)

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Aqua's Clips, Hip-Hop | , , , , , | Leave a comment