?uestlove Says Hip Hop Is Totally Mainstream

?uestlove discussed the Roots forward momentum in an interview with Dan Aquilante of the New York Post. Asked if rap has become totally mainstream, he responded, “Hip-hop culture is totally mainstream. It’s an amalgamation of borrowed cultures. Its algebra equation is the sum of all things past. What’s old is new. The Dirty South sound is currently leading the way, and that’s a throwback sound to ’83 to ’86. It’s a revival that’s become the voice of this generation.”

On TV: Queen Latifah, The Roots, Lloyd Banks

Rap acts on television this week include Queen Latifah and the Roots, who both appear on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Wednesday; and Lloyd Banks, who performs on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Friday.

Roots’ Rapresurrection

The Roots 'The Tipping Point' album cover

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News reviewed The Roots’ new album ‘The Tipping Point’. Farber writes, “On ‘The Tipping Point,’ [Black] Thought’s raps retake center stage. Some of the music that supports him may give longtime fans pause. In several sections, the band flirts with the mainstream. The single ‘Star’ violates the Roots’ anti-sample stance by including a huge and obvious one from Sly Stone’s ‘Everybody Is a Star’. Another track, ‘Don’t Say Nothin’,’ mimics a commercial gangsta groove. But thankfully, most of the album has the uncompromising, live grooves and pitched rapping of the Roots’ best work.” The review at nydailynews.com has since been removed.

On TV: Lil’ Wayne, Cassidy, The Roots

Rap acts on television this week include Lil’ Wayne, appears on ‘106 and Park’ on Monday; Cassidy, who performs on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Monday; the Roots, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Monday and ‘106 and Park’ on Tuesday; Black Eyed Peas, who perform on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday; Baby, who appears on ‘106 and Park’ on Tuesday; Dilated Peoples, who perform on ‘Last Call’ on Thursday; Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, who appears on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Friday; and Lil’ Flip, who appears on ‘Last Call’ on Friday.

Dice Raw: New Management, New Music, New Tour

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Philadelphia, PA – Dangerous Entertainment Group is proud to announce a management agreement with Hip hop artist/songwriter/producer Dice Raw. Dice has been an integral part of the Hip hop scene for several years and is in the process of completing songs for an upcoming release.

The Roots Headed To The ‘Tipping Point’

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Philadelphia natives, The Roots, have been making alot of noise the past few years as the most innovative hip-hop bands out. The group has just completed their newest effort titled The Tipping Point being released off Geffen Records. The full article at ballerstatus.net has since been removed or relocated.

The Roots ‘Don’t Say Nuthin” Video

The Roots 'Don't Say Nuthin' music video

The Roots, will release ‘The Tipping Point’, the follow-up to their Grammy-nominated ‘Phrenology’, on July 13th. Check out the video for the album’s first single, ‘Don’t Say Nuthin”, below.

The Roots Honored With Hero Award

AllHipHop.com reports that Philadelphia Hip-Hop band The Roots will be honored with a Hero Award by the local chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the organization that awards Grammy’s. The group is being honored for their years of positive contribution to the creative community of Philadelphia.