MC Lyte recently performed with a nostalgic lineup at the Cincinnati Music Festival, proving once again that black don’t crack. Lyte (born Lana Michelle Moorer) looks and sounds like what happens when you mind your business and drink water.
1. Black Thought—possibly the greatest rapper of all time, in the back row in a white, cat-daddy ensemble, complete with white, cat-daddy hat—getting his entire life with a triangle.
The Roots’ fourth album, 1999’s Things Fall Apart, is largely regarded as the album that put them over the top. While Organix, Do You Want More?!!!??! (personal fave) and Illadelph Halflife were all dope albums with superb hits—“Silent Treatment,” “Clones,” “Proceed” and “What They Do” immediately come to mind—Things…
It was a cold morning in Washington, D.C. Before Tina Farris landed at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, she texted me that she had left her scarf in Los Angeles, which she wouldn’t need after leaving D.C., so I offered to bring her mine, as we planned for me to shadow her for the day. Farris, who was…
It’s Grammy Week here in New York City. I’ve RSVP’d for and attended about six events. Once the Grammys are over, I will be taking a nap until further notice. This girl is exhausted.
Two white cameramen are suing NBC and Questlove for racial discrimination, claiming that the prominent drummer for the Roots convinced NBC to fire them because they were white.
Last week, Tariq Trotter, aka Black Thought, frontman for the Roots, tried to break the rapper-nets with a 10-minute freestyle with Funkmaster Flex over the Mobb Deep “Burn” instrumental that even had people who think Kevin Gates is the best rapper of all time impressed.
The Root 100 honoree Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of the Roots shares why he believes art should represent the times we live in.
Yes, contemporary hip-hop has been slaughtered by mumble rap, screaming and dumb-ass rap lyrics (see “Bad and Boujee,” “Panda” and “Bodak Yellow”—coincidentally, songs that I love, but SHE used to have both banging beats and a hot lyrical game).
The whole issue of slavery is one fraught with a legacy of pain, trauma and, yes, white guilt, and this country didn’t even apologize for this mass tragedy until 2009. If you think I found out that little stat from a history book, nope—I learned it from the season premiere of ABC’s Black-ish, which produced one of…
I have no plans to see Detroit. Technically, I didn’t plan on listening to the soundtrack, either, but with that free-free six-month Tidal membership, I stumbled across the soundtrack two weeks ago.
More than 10,000 music lovers flocked to Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia Saturday for the annual Roots Picnic. This year’s festival marked the 10th anniversary of the unofficial summer launch party and kicked off Black Music Month. Stars of the past and present came out to celebrate the historic event.
The Roots Picnic in New York City was like a buttoned-up Afropunk, but with white people.
I’ve been to more concerts in my lifetime than I can remember. But I can tell you which were distinctly the best and worst that I’ve attended.
It was Saturday afternoon, and 90 degrees at the Roots Picnic in Philly. (For the record, "90 degrees in Philly" = "126 degrees wherever the hell else you're from") It felt like seeing your favorite cousins and being grown at the family reunion when all of the “fun” aunts and uncles started having a few drinks. I…
No need for a fancy pants lead in or intro. We may have done this only once, but like T.I. told somebody who was listening, "you know what it is."
If you ever wanted to get a Bougie Black Person's attention and you weren't sure how, a surefire way would be to mention the snarky "Death Rides A Pale Horse" cover The Roots did on Fallon the night before. If you want that Bougie Black Person to smile, mention that time you saw The Roots live at SXSW a couple years…
"…people ask for God, 'til the day he comes/see God's face, turn around and run/God sees the face, of the man/God shakes his head, says he'll never understand…" ~ Dice Raw of The Roots, "Understand" ...and then you shoot your cousin