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Pre-Order “……and then you shot your cousin” the New Roots Album

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The Roots are releasing a new album and its titled ……and then you shot your cousin on May 19. The album will be the 16th from the group and features the standout single “When The People Cheer.” 

Black Thought has told XXL that the piece will follow a similar conceptual approach like their 2011 offering undun.

“It’s another concept album in the spirit of undun. but it’s not just about just one kind of character, we create quite a few different characters in this record. It’s satire, but in that satire it’s an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the hip-hop community, but in the community. I don’t know if that makes any sense.”


Though popular success has largely eluded the Roots, the Philadelphia group showed the way for live rap, building on Stetsasonic’s “hip-hop band” philosophy of the mid-’80s by focusing on live instrumentation at their concerts and in the studio. Though their album works have been inconsistent affairs, more intent on building grooves than pushing songs, the Roots’ live shows are among the best in the business.

The Roots’ focus on live music began back in 1987 when rapper Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) and drummer ?uestlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) became friends at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. Playing around school, on the sidewalk, and later at talent shows (with ?uestlove’s drum kit backing Black Thought’s rhymes), the pair began to earn money and hooked up with bassist Hub (Leon Hubbard) and rapper Malik B. Moving from the street to local clubs, the Roots became a highly tipped underground act around Philadelphia and New York. When they were invited to represent stateside hip-hop at a concert in Germany, the Roots recorded an album to sell at shows; the result, Organix, was released in 1993 on Remedy Records. With a music industry buzz surrounding their activities, the Roots entertained offers from several labels before signing with DGC that same year.

The Roots’ first major-label album, Do You Want More?!!!??!, was released in January 1995; forsaking usual hip-hop protocol, the album was produced without any samples or previously recorded material. It peaked just outside the Top 100, but was mostly ignored by fans of hip-hop. Instead, Do You Want More?!!!??! made more tracks in alternative circles, partly due to the Roots playing the second stage at Lollapalooza that summer. The band also journeyed to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Two of the guests on the album who had toured around with the band, human beatbox Rahzel the Godfather of Noyze — previously a performer with Grandmaster Flash and LL Cool J — and Scott Storch (later Kamal), became permanent members of the group.

Early in 1996, the Roots released Clones, the trailer single for their second album. It hit the rap Top Five, and created a good buzz for the album. The following September, Illadelph Halflife appeared and made number 21 on the album charts. Much like its predecessor, though, the Roots’ second LP was a difficult listen. It made several very small concessions to mainstream rap — the bandmembers sampled material that they had recorded earlier at jam sessions — but failed to make a hit of their unique sound. The Roots’ third album, 1999’s Things Fall Apart, was easily their biggest critical and commercial success; The Roots Come Alive followed later that year.

The long-awaited Phrenology was released in late November 2002 amid rumors of the Roots losing interest in their label arrangements with MCA. In 2004, the band remedied the situation by creating the Okayplayer company. Named after their website, Okayplayer included a record label and a production/promotion company. The same year, the band held a series of jam sessions to give their next album a looser feel. The results were edited down to ten tracks and released as The Tipping Point in July of 2004. A 2004 concert from Manhattan’s Webster Hall with special guests like Mobb Deep, Young Gunz, and Jean Grae was released in early 2005 as The Roots Present in both CD and DVD formats. Two volumes of the rarities-collecting Home Grown! The Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Roots appeared at the end of the year.

A subsequent deal with Def Jam fostered a series of riveting, often grim sets, beginning with Game Theory (August 2006) and Rising Down (April 2008). In 2009, the group expanded its reach as the exceptionally versatile house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The new gig didn’t slow their recording schedule; in 2010 alone, they released the sharp How I Got Over (June), as well as Wake Up! (September), where they backed John Legend on covers of socially relevant soul classics like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ “Wake Up Everybody” and Donny Hathaway’s “Little Ghetto Boy.” The next year, as they remained with Fallon, the Roots worked with Miami soul legend Betty Wright on November’s Betty Wright: The Movie, and followed it weeks later with their 13th studio album, Undun, an ambitious concept album whose main character dies in the first track and then follows his life backwards.

Work on the group’s next studio album was postponed as an unexpected duet album with Elvis Costello took priority for the group in 2013. Originally planned as a re-interpretation of Costello’s songbook, the album Wise Up Ghost turned into a full-fledged collaboration and was greeted by positive reviews upon its September 2013 release on Blue Note. Within six months, the band had joined Jimmy Fallon in his new late-night slot, the high-profile Tonight Show program. Also in 2014, the Roots finished their proper follow-up to Undun, another conceptual album titled …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin that appeared in May. ~ John Bush & Andy Kellman, Rovi


Watch Episode 1 of Action Bronson’s “Fuck, That’s Delicious”


New monthly series, Fuck, That’s Delicious, captures the rapper and food connoisseur’s culinary adventures on his ongoing world tour

In Episode One, Queens-bred Bronson devours pizza at Roberta’s in Brooklyn and slurps milkshakes at Eddie’s Sweet Shop in Queens, as he reflects on his time spent on tour swan diving off yachts and eating mad meats:


Afew x Nike “5 Year Anniversary” – Recap

German sneaker store Afew partnered with Nike to celebrate the five-year anniversary of their shop with a party and the charity auction of some pretty esclusive Nike Lunar Flyknit II LUX “Vs.” Watch the video above and the photos below for the party celebration.

On the 26th of April 2014 we have celebrated our 5th Anniversary together with Nike. On the Event we have showcased the Lunar Flyknit II LUX “V” which was auctioned for a good matter. People came around to enjoy the Nike Vintage Running & Agassi Exhibtion, a BBQ by Peter Inhoven and our homemade Brownies. Thanks everybody for coming and celebrating with us.


Raheem DeVaughn – King of Loveland Vol. 2

Grammy nominated artist Raheem DeVaughn celebrates his birthday (May 5th) with the release of his latest mixtape King of Loveland Vol. 2. The project features a mixture original records and remixes.  All of the tracks are guaranteed baby making anthems.  Download now it King of Loveland Vol. 2 now exclusively on

Check out Raheem DeVaughn’s King of Loveland Vol. 1here:



Usher – Good Kisser

Usher releases the full version of his new single “Good Kisser” which is produced by Pop, Flip, JProof, Terry “Tru” Sneed, Natural and Oak. The song is the first single from his eighth studio album set for release later in 2014 with appearances from Pharrell Williams, Diplo, Skrillex, and more. Listen above.


Ronnie Fieg x Sebago S14 Pancho Shoes

The Ronnie Fieg For Sebago Spring 2014 Pancho weaves the brand’s DNA into an entirely new silhouette, providing a new take on the Sebago footwear for a fresh new look.

Upon first glance you’ll notice that the Pancho is built with a signature fridge collar. Antique brass eyelets, leather laces, a debossed leather sockliner and a debossed logo side hit wrap up the style. Two colors have been produced, with each being completely hand sewn and equipped with Goodyear welted Vibram soles.

The Ronnie Fieg For Sebago Spring 2014 Pancho Collection will launch in extremely limited quantities exclusively at the Kith pop-up store (66 Bleecker St.), Kith Brooklyn and on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 11am EST for $160 USD each.

Full details here.


See the new LeBron 11 paying Homage to Florida’s Everglades

Florida’s Everglades region is one of the state’s most distinct features and inspires the artistry of the LEBRON 11 Everglades. This two million acre wetland ecosystem spans much of the state and is internationally known for its vibrant landscape and distinct colors.

Continuing to take footwear design to new places, the Nike Basketball design team took colors, shapes and textures from the Everglades ecosystem to create a new graphic representing the Everglades region in James’s home team state.

The LEBRON 11 upper is built in a new way, featuring Hyperposite technology for lightweight lock-down, while taking protection, containment and responsiveness to a new level. The upper incorporates Nike Hyperfuse construction and dynamic Nike Flywire technology.

The LEBRON 11 is the lightest and lowest LeBron signature shoe ever, weighing approximately 14.5 oz in a men’s size 9.

Available beginning May 17, the LEBRON 11 Everglades will be available at and at select retail stores worldwide.

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