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Black Thought spits over Kid Daytona's "On The Hill." This made me happy inside.

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Good Times.

Meant to post this a little while back with The Roots at The Playboy Jazz Festival joints, but I’ve been real busy with work and helping friends pack. But I definitely wanna get this up for you to see. Along with Black Thought doing a little of “Walk Alone” for us to see, He also was ill enough to freestyle over that new Kid Daytona “On The Hill” that everyone knows I love. Go ahead and check the footage below.

Enjoy.

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June 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

Video | Photo: The Roots Live @ The Playboy Jazz Festival.

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(Before you do anything… Hit a like button up there for me. Then go leave a comment. Don’t let me have installed Disqus for nothing. lol.)
So remember when I told you about The Roots headlining the Playboy Jazz Festival? Yeah, I made it out. And here is all the awesome proof.

By the way… check out Slidedeck. Its the truth and the future. I know the photos dont fit into the format yet (still working on it), but if you want to see the picture in full, all you have to do is click on it and it will take you to the full photo.
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Also, an interesting interview with Questlove regarding The Roots leading such a prominent jazz festival. I mean, since The Legendary are basically a Jazz Band that do hip hop, I don’t understand what the problem is. Yeah, some of the 60+ got up and left… but they were like, 60. No offense. (And thanks euroweb for featuring my video.)

But really, the YouTubes should give you an ideal of what a fun time it was. Everything I have is up on my YouTube page for you to see.
The best part? The Gil Scott-Heron Cover of “The Bottle” with Terrance Blanchard on the horns. Wow.
Second to that… the lead in from Bob James and Fourplay doing “Westchester Lady,” which led right to The Roots set. Dopeness.

The Roots and Terrance Blanchard: Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Bottle”

….The start of the show… Bob James and Fourplay do “Westchester Lady” before The Roots tear the roof off.

…and here we go.

..and there you go. I didn’t even go to this thing with the intent of recording. I was on my 3rd glass of chardonnay. So its not the greatest stability in the camera. But I hope you semi-enjoy.
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The Roots to play the Playboy Festival with Buddy Guy and Bob James? I'm on it like white on rice. Links:

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Okay. So Its The Roots Crew, Buddy Guy and Diane Reeves headlining the Playboy Jazz Festival. I had multiple musical orgasms; immediately blew monthly budget to purchase tickets. And when the line up looks like this… and you know how much we LOVE JAZZ? Yeah. I’m there. Possibly with the video camera.

Saturday, June 11, 2011, 3:00P.M.-11:00P.M.
(Artist line-up, subject to change)

*Dianne Reeves
*The Roots with special guest Terrence Blanchard
*FourPlay featuring Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason
*Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
*SFJAZZ Collective Celebrating the Music of Stevie Wonder featuring Stefon Harris, Avishai Cohen, Greg Osby, David Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Edward Simon, Matt Penman and Eric Hardland
*A Night In Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans featuring Rebirth Brass Band with special guest Donald Harrison Jr., Kermit Ruffins, Dr. Michael White, and Big Sam Williams
*Cos of Good Music featuring Geri Allen, George Bohanon, Dwayne Burno, Ndugu Chancler, Anat Cohen, and Babatunde Lea Ambrose Akinmusire
*The LAUSD All City High School Big Band under the direction of Tony White and JB Dyas

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 3:00P.M.- 10:30P.M.
(Artist line-up, subject to change)

*Buddy Guy
*Lee Konitz New Quartet
*John Scofield and Robben Ford
*Naturally 7
*Harmony 3 with Ronnie Laws, Stanley Jordan, and Walter Beasley
*Geri Allen and her Timeline Band
*Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown featuring Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Vusi Mahlasela
*Bill Cunliffe and The Resonance Big Band with Mariam Petrescu in a Tribute to Oscar Peterson
*Carlos Varela
*Pullum High School Jazz Big Band under the direction of Fernando Pullum

Bill Cosby, returns as Master of Ceremonies. Hugh M. Hefner, Executive Producer, Richard Rosenzweig, President, Playboy Jazz Festival, George Wein, Producer Emeritus, and Darlene Chan and FestivalWest Inc., Producer, Playboy Jazz Festival.
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Yes. We will be there.
Enjoy.

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June 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

The Roots Picnic starts streaming in about 2 minutes. Get Your Links On:

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Quick Post!
I wish I was there. But since I’m not, Ill go ahead and check out the live stream being presented by WXPN, Okayplayer an’em. With a line up that includes Nas, Esperanza Spalding, Little Dragon, Yelawolf and more…. entertaining times should be had by all.

Click here for the link to the live stream, and enjoy.

 

 

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June 4, 2011 at 10:02 am

Karmin Music + @Questlove & Owen = Epic @NickiMinaj "Super Bass" Cover. YouTube Link:

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Karmin Music just keeps getting cuter and cuter.
Watch what happens when you combine The Legendary Roots crew with the adorable @KarminMusic.
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Remember when I was telling you I had a moment in time with Chaka Khan? Well, here's how that happened.

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Forgive this review; I had writers block for a week after and it came out sounding like a 4th grader wrote it. I think it’s because the Roots BLEW my MIND. But I’m sure you get the gist of it. Support your girl and head over to Potholes In My Blog and leave a comment on how crappy it is, please.

Grammy Jammin.

When it comes to giving some of the greatest live hip-hop concerts around, there are few in the music industry who can do it better than the Legendary Roots Crew. In the process of recording 13 albums over their nearly 20-year-career, they have cemented their reputation as one of the best Hip Hop acts of their generation and one of the best live shows you’ll ever see. So when you give the Roots the resource of being in Los Angeles during Grammy Weekend when almost every major musician you can think of is in town, you know they are going to go as hard as they can.

The Roots at a Grammy Jam is like a normal Roots show on HGH. You never know what or who to expect. With Past guest appearances and performances from Prince and Anita Baker, Fiona Apple’s first appearance after a four-year-hiatus, random and impromptu Black Star sets, and a legendary drum-off battle between Travis Barker and Questlove, this show has elevated this show to a must-attend event among industry insiders, musicians, and music aficionados everywhere.

After several years of great jams at the Key Club on Sunset, they finally outgrew their original space and expanded moved the party up to the Music Box in Hollywood. Great ideal in a wonderful venue, since it gave party goers and musicians much more room to mingle in and party in all around. It was an all around great time for everyone involved, and random celebrity sightings were some of the best to date. Not only did you find yourself rubbing elbows with the likes of David Banner, Fonzworth Bentley, Jaheim, Les Nubians, Spree Wilson, Craig Robinson, and the legendary Booker T, the performance lineup was even better. With appearances by Taj Mahal, Chuck Brown, Betty Wright, a wonderful rendition of “You Got Me” with Black Thought and Estelle on the hook, Too $hort, Lalah Hathaway, Ne-Yo, Ryan Leslie and Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambrosius, Ana Tijoux, Anthony Hamilton Raheem Devaughn, and Doug E. Fresh, there was no way that you showed up and were not entertained.

The highlight of the night, however? The amazing moment in time I shared with the legendary Chaka Khan. While making a brisk walk to the exit after doing an amazing version of “Sweet Thang” with the Roots, I accidentally ran into Chaka coming back from the bar. I took the opportunity to stop Ms. Khan, looking her directly in the eye and whispering “Thank you; I love you” directly to her. She then took my hand, pulled me close for a hug and whispered “Thank YOU, you’re such a sweet baby” and continued on her way. Those moments right there? Exactly why getting to the Roots Grammy Jam is a MUST every year.

As always, all thanks and glory go to Gingerlynn and her wonderful “Good Time Girl Productions.” One of the best Can’t wait to see what you guys have planned for next year.

Written by E

March 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

Remember when I was telling you I had a moment in time with Chaka Khan? Well, here’s how that happened.

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Forgive this review; I had writers block for a week after and it came out sounding like a 4th grader wrote it. I think it’s because the Roots BLEW my MIND. But I’m sure you get the gist of it. Support your girl and head over to Potholes In My Blog and leave a comment on how crappy it is, please.

Grammy Jammin.

When it comes to giving some of the greatest live hip-hop concerts around, there are few in the music industry who can do it better than the Legendary Roots Crew. In the process of recording 13 albums over their nearly 20-year-career, they have cemented their reputation as one of the best Hip Hop acts of their generation and one of the best live shows you’ll ever see. So when you give the Roots the resource of being in Los Angeles during Grammy Weekend when almost every major musician you can think of is in town, you know they are going to go as hard as they can.

The Roots at a Grammy Jam is like a normal Roots show on HGH. You never know what or who to expect. With Past guest appearances and performances from Prince and Anita Baker, Fiona Apple’s first appearance after a four-year-hiatus, random and impromptu Black Star sets, and a legendary drum-off battle between Travis Barker and Questlove, this show has elevated this show to a must-attend event among industry insiders, musicians, and music aficionados everywhere.

After several years of great jams at the Key Club on Sunset, they finally outgrew their original space and expanded moved the party up to the Music Box in Hollywood. Great ideal in a wonderful venue, since it gave party goers and musicians much more room to mingle in and party in all around. It was an all around great time for everyone involved, and random celebrity sightings were some of the best to date. Not only did you find yourself rubbing elbows with the likes of David Banner, Fonzworth Bentley, Jaheim, Les Nubians, Spree Wilson, Craig Robinson, and the legendary Booker T, the performance lineup was even better. With appearances by Taj Mahal, Chuck Brown, Betty Wright, a wonderful rendition of “You Got Me” with Black Thought and Estelle on the hook, Too $hort, Lalah Hathaway, Ne-Yo, Ryan Leslie and Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambrosius, Ana Tijoux, Anthony Hamilton Raheem Devaughn, and Doug E. Fresh, there was no way that you showed up and were not entertained.

The highlight of the night, however? The amazing moment in time I shared with the legendary Chaka Khan. While making a brisk walk to the exit after doing an amazing version of “Sweet Thang” with the Roots, I accidentally ran into Chaka coming back from the bar. I took the opportunity to stop Ms. Khan, looking her directly in the eye and whispering “Thank you; I love you” directly to her. She then took my hand, pulled me close for a hug and whispered “Thank YOU, you’re such a sweet baby” and continued on her way. Those moments right there? Exactly why getting to the Roots Grammy Jam is a MUST every year.

As always, all thanks and glory go to Gingerlynn and her wonderful “Good Time Girl Productions.” One of the best Can’t wait to see what you guys have planned for next year.

Written by E

March 7, 2011 at 10:00 am