Black Thought of The Roots to make off-Broadway acting debut

Tariq “Black Thought” of The Roots will be starring in the upcoming off-Broadway production of the New Group’s upcoming world premiere of Black No More. The new musical is inspired is by George S. Schuyler’s 1931 Afro-futurist novel of the same name set during the Harlem Renaissance. The play will be presented from Jan. 11 […]

Common set to lace up boxing gloves in new film

Rapper and thespian Common is producing and starring in the upcoming boxing film The Faith of Long Beach. The new project is being written and directed by “Snowfall” creator Eric Amadio. According to the film’s synopsis, The Faith of Long Beach follows a soft-spoken street fighter raised in a group home in Long Beach, California, […]

The Roots’ Black Thought releases audiobook ‘7 Years’

Black Thought of The Roots released his new audiobook titled 7 Years on Thursday, July 8, 2021. The book debuted exclusively in the U.S. as part of the Words + Music series covering the intimate journeys of music artists such as Sheryl Crow, Smokey Robinson and more on Amazon’s Audible platform. In 7 Years, Black Thought […]

Questlove tells why Jay-Z feels MCs have blackballed Black Thought of The Roots

Black Thought of The Roots is arguably one of the greatest MCs of all time in hip-hop but his skills on the mic have often been overlooked by the masses. His group member Questlove recently stopped by Talib Kweli’s podcast “The People’s Party” and explained that Black Thought was “too good for his own good.” […]

Malik B, founding member of hip-hop super-group, The Roots, dead at 47

The hip-hop community is in mourning today as it was announced that Malik B, one of the founding members of The Roots, has died at the age of 47. His death was confirmed Wednesday, July 29, by family members and music colleagues, including The Roots’ his partner in rhyme Black Thought. The Philly rapper’s cousin, […]

Jill Scott and The Roots bring the heat on a cold summer night at Ravinia

Summer and Chicago are having a hard time finding each other right now, but Jill Scott and The Roots were able to bring some heat with them to Ravinia Friday, June 22. I think I’ve seen The Legendary Roots Crew more than 10 times over the years, and it feels like their show gets stronger with […]

T.I. surprises fans with performance at 11th annual Roots Picnic

Black Thought commands the stage at the 11th Annual Roots Picnic (Photo courtesy of twitter @okayplayer)

The 11th Annual Roots Picnic took place on June 2, 2018, at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. The ambitious festival, curated by the Philadelphia hip-hop collective The Roots, featured Dave Chappelle, Lil Uzi Vert, 2Chainz, Fabolous, and Jadakiss, across five stages with special appearances by T.I. and Styles P. Unfortunately, after nearly 10 hours with tolerable […]

The Roots rock Atlanta’s Tabernacle during Martell Vanguard Experience

The Roots were in concert in Atlanta for the last stop of the Martell Vanguard Experience at the Tabernacle. The Martell Vanguard Experience is a continued platform in partnership with The Roots celebrating success, while highlighting Martell’s exceptional portfolio. Throughout the evening guests enjoyed specialty cocktails on behalf of Martell Cognac, which highlighted the unique […]

The Roots being sued by former band member

Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, former bassist for The Roots, is suing the popular Philadelphia-based band for failure to uphold a contract that allegedly named him co-owner of the band and entitled him to continued pay even after he left the outfit in 2007. Hubbard joined the band in 1992 when they were then known as The Square Roots and remained […]

A3C Festival 2014 highlights

A3C [All Three Coasts] is a hip-hop institution and annual gathering of like-minded individuals that happens in Atlanta. The event has grown organically through word-of-mouth and the love of the hip-hop community. A3C’s 10th birthday was celebrated Oct 8-12, 2014 with hip-hop fans from around the world. The 2014 featured artists include Black Thought, 2 […]