Proud to be a part of this one. Myself and Tyler at aboveGround Magazine came together for an end of the year mix of some of our favorite songs of 2010. Big or small we have artists from all over the map and all over radar. Recall our Best Kept Fresh series that compile our favorite tracks for each month. For this end of the year mix we grabbed the homie Vik Vega (of Chicago’s Midnight Rockers!) to hold us down on the 1s and 2s. He killed it as usual!
Shouts to the homies Vik, Tyler and MBW.
Track list below!
1. TRUTHLiVE – Tormented Genuis
2. Brother Ali & Fashawn – Breaking Dawn Boys
3. Black EL & Durkin – GO! ft. Outasight
4. Wiz Khalifa – The Kid Frankie
5. Freeway – One Thing ft. Raekwon
6. The Roots – The Fire ft. John Legend
7. Boog Brown – Friends Like These ft. Kam Moye
8. Celph Titled – Styles Ain’t Raw ft. Apathy & Chino XL
9. Pac Div – Rollin’ ft. Ty$
10. Yelawolf – I Wish (Remix) ft. Prynce CyHi & Pill
11. M-Dot – Be Easy ft. Torae, Chino XL, Bam & Lyric Jones
12. Mally – Lights Off
13. JR & PH7 – Bow Down ft. Evidence & LEGACY
14. Jabee – Better ft. King Mez & Carlitta Durand
15. Skyzoo – Speakers on Blast
16. Dice Raw – No Doubt About It
17. Dave Coresh – Keep It Movin’
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The best live band on the planet will be backing John Legend for a full album of covers of soul tunes from the 60s and 70s. This project should be unbelievable. Up top you get a glimpse of what is to come as they cover Baby Huey’s “Hard Times.”
The album is set to drop September 21, 2010.
The resulting album features eleven profoundly evocative songs infused with sounds of gospel, rock and reggae inflections with hip-hop influences. The album is highlighted by familiar tracks like “Wholly Holy” by Marvin Gaye and “Little Ghetto Boy” by Donny Hathaway mixed with the more obscure selections of Baby Huey and the Babysitters’ “Hard Times,” and “Hang on in There” by Mike James Kirkland.
“These songs sound so relevant now,” Legend says. “On most of them, you wouldn’t change a lyric. ‘Wake Up Everybody’ (the album’s first single, featuring contributions from Melanie Fiona and Common) has four verses—the first one is a general statement, the second is about education, third is about health care, and the fourth is about making a better environment. No editing needed.”
“When these songs were written, people were more spiritually in tune,” says Roots drummer/musical director Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson. “It was fresh from the civil rights era and there was a feeling of hope that maybe, yes, someday we will all be free. In 2010, not so much.”
The album features one original composition, Legend’s song “Shine,” which is featured in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s upcoming documentary film Waiting for Superman. The song, a “Stevie-Wonder-meets-gospel” stunner, clearly demonstrates the strengths of this specific group of musicians. Wake Up! blends Legend’s expressive, thoughtful vocal interpretations with an element of funk that only The Roots can provide.
There is nothing like new material from The Roots. It’s crazy that they haven’t dropped an album in almost 2 years. Seems like Rising Down just came out yesterday.
This song is dope, good hook from Mr. John Legend.
How I Got Over drops June 22nd.
I’m always for some new material from The Roots. This track is a nice way to start off the day. The drums on this are incredible.
How I Got Over You drops June 22nd.
shouts to illRoots.
The Roots just dropped a preliminary track list for their 9th studio album and it sure looks appetizing. The more Blu verses the better in my opinion. Four or five interludes are also expected to be added to the album but who really cares about interludes?
Look for the album to drop June 22nd via Def Jam.
1. Walk Alone (ft. Truck North, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
2. Dear God 2.0 (ft. Jim James, Monsters of Folk)
3. Radio Daze (ft. Blu, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
4. Now Or Never (ft. Phonte Coleman, Dice Raw)
5. How I Got Over (ft. Dice Raw)
6. The Day (ft. Blu, Phonte Coleman, Patty Crash)
7. Right On (ft. Joanna Newsom, Sugar Tongue Slim)
8. Doin It Again (ft. John Legend)
9. The Fire (ft. John Legend, Rick Friedrich)
10. Web 20/20 (ft.Truck North, Peedi Crakk)
11. (Untitled – Bonus Cut) ft. STS
spotted at OkayPlayer.
Pusha T and Malice get some assistance from Black Thought and The Roots as they perform the joint “Popular Demand (Popeyes)” off their recently released Til The Cakset Drops. Other than Black Thought dropping a fresh 16 I’m not sure if this is the track I would have chosen. But what the hell do I know?
They also performed their classic hit “Grindin” as an online exclusive – which you can watch below.
- The Roots + Mos Def – 100% Dundee, Umi Says & Adrenaline
- The Roots + Brother Ali – The Preacher, The Travelers & Freestyles
Here are some dope live recordings from a few weeks back at The Roots Holiday Jam session which featured Mos Def & Brother Ali.
I can only image what this show was like. I have all 3 of these acts perform live. My jaw probably would have been on the floor the whole time.
props to All The Way Live for the audio.
When The Roots enter and leave a commercial break on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, they perform small sets called “sandwiches”. And since joining the show in March, the crew have composed 1,000 of ‘em. This past weekend, drummer ?uestlove compiled 22 of them into a free EP. Can’t beat that.
Well that says it all. Check out the greatest live band on Earth.
The much anticipated video for The Roots single “How I Got Over” which is from their new upcoming album of the same name. Always nice to hear anything from The Roots crew.
Slaughterhouse – Cuckoo (prod. DJ Khalil) + The Roots – How I Got Over + Fabolous – Throw It In The Bag (rmx) ft. Drake
Alright I’m playing catch up. Of course the day I’m beyond busy a bunch of solid stuff drops. Another leak off the upcoming Slaughterhouse LP which is set to drop August 11th.
They performed this track on Jimmy Fallon and now the mp3 is seeing the light of day. Off their new album How I Got Over, which drops September 29th.
One of my favorite tracks off Loso’s Way gets a remix from Drizzy? Must post. They switched this up quite a bit.
Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives (Promo Video) + The Roots Premiere New Single on Jimmy Fallon (Video)
Some fastastic promotional footage of Nas and Damien Marley working on their new album as well as some interview. The collaboration album is set to drop this fall under the title Distant Relatives. I’m definitely looking forward to this album – I just wish I could catch them at Rock The Bells this summer. Great project, much anticipated – sounds dope so far.
Video footage by Nabil Elderkin.
The Roots premiered the title track off their new album on Jimmy Fallon last night. The album titled How I Got Over is set to drop October 20th. Word is the single is set to drop MP3 style next week!
I’m so pumped – plan is I will be at The Roots show at First Avenue on July 2nd. Dream come true – always wanted to see this band live. I heard it’s a party.