The Roots ‘Make My’ Video

The Roots are out with the music video to their new single ‘Make My’, from the hip hop group’s album ‘undun’, out December 6th on Def Jam Records.

‘undun’ is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford’s internal dialogues the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out ‘on the corner’. Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented–postmortem–and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun.

Watch the Clifton Bell directed video via YouTube below.

The Roots ‘Dear God 2.0’ Video

The Roots 'Dear God 2.0' music video

The Roots are out with the video to their new single ‘Dear God 2.0’, the first release from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania hip hop group’s ninth studio album ‘How I Got Over’, out now on Def Jam. Check out an album stream at islanddefjam.com, and watch the video via YouTube below.

The Roots ‘How I Got Over’ Video

?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots 'Rising Down'

The Roots are out with the video to their new single ‘How I Got Over’, off the Philadelphia hip hop band’s ninth studio album ‘How I Got Over’, out in 2010 via Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella. Watch it via YouTube below the cut. (more…)

Black Thought Discusses ‘Superhero’ Chuck D

Black Thought of The Roots 'Rising Down'

As part of YouTube’s Living Legends feature honoring Snoop Dogg and Chuck D, Black Thought of The Roots shared his thoughts on the Public Enemy frontman. “I thought it was like a superhero that made a record,” the rapper said of Chuck D. “His voice sounded like nobody else. Back in the day the only people, when ‘Yo! Bum Rush the Show’ came out the only people I heard rappin like like that at that point in time was Chuck.” Watch the segment below the cut. (more…)

On TV: Lil Mama, The Roots, Chuck D

?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots 'Rising Down'

Hip hop acts on television this week include:

Lil Mama, who performs on ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday and ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Tuesday and visits ‘The Sauce’ on Tuesday.

The Roots, who perform with Chrisette Michele on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday.

Chuck D, who visits ‘The Sauce’ on Wednesday.

On TV: Diddy, Jay-Z, The Roots

?uestlove The Roots 'Rising Down'

Hip hop acts on television this week include:

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who visits ‘Total Request Live’ on Tuesday.

The Roots, who perform on ‘The Colbert Report’ on Tuesday.

Jay-Z, who visits ‘Tavis Smiley’ on Thursday.

Lyrics Born, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday.

From Rhodes Scholar To Rapper

Contributed by AdamBernard:

When people look at A.D. the VOICE’s educational background the first thing they usually ask is “why is that guy a rapper?” A.D. was the first black Rhodes Scholar to graduate from Colgate University. He then moved on to Oxford University and Harvard Law. Hip-Hop, however, and the art of MCing, called to him the entire time. “I think for me Hip-Hop boils down to being the ultimate form of self-expression,” he explains, “and there is nothing I enjoy more in life than expressing myself.” After an impromptu appearance on stage with The Roots during a show at Colgate A.D. the Voice was hooked and Hip-Hop became added to the holy trinity of things he had done growing up in Schenectady, NY – books, basketball, and church. This week I caught up with A.D. the Voice to find out how higher education and Hip-Hop mix. Read the full interview at adambernard.blogspot.com.

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