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Jimmy Fallon just continues to get the best music acts to perform, this time featuring Ice Cube doing his classicIt was a Good Day” while, of course, backed by the Legendary Roots Crew:

And here’s the original video for the hell of it/because this song still never gets old:

[via HipHopDX]

In a segment that I don’t believe aired on national TV, here is Method Man and Black Thought performing the Wu-Tang Clan’s classic “Protect Ya Neck” backed by the Legendary Roots Crew in an amazingly candid (and dope) performance (please note Meth stepping up and telling Black Thought “I got this” right before spitting ODB’s verse…):

[via 2dopeboyz]

Yes, it’s more hyperbole, but no it’s not bullshit. Look at what respected hip-hop blog It’s All the Way Live had to say about Black Thought, the eternally underrated frontman and MC for The Roots, and the freestyle he recently spit on Shade 45 in a tribute to the late producer-extraordinaire J Dilla:

Black Thought has been considered by many to be among the best emcees of all time, but after his incredible ‘freestyles’ on the Shade 45 Dilla tribute recently, many hip-hop heads bowed down and gave him the crown as THE greatest. Even Q-Tip was at a loss for words when it came his time to grab the mic. While this has been floating around the net for a bit, here’s our exclusive mix of the session, with some of the levels raised (including bass) and mastered properly. I edited out Tony Toca (sorry pal) and everything flows perfectly. Enjoy raw emceeing at its finest over Dilla beats.

Honestly, that introduction might not even do it justice. Admittedly, it’s virtually impossible for Thought to have spit all of this off the dome, forcing us to put quotation marks around the word “freestyle,” but even if every word of it was written down it is STILL nothing short of remarkable. It’s a rare combination of extraordinary lyrics, a smooth, natural flow and a sick Dilla beat, and what you get is a showcase of the enormous talent that is Black Thought, who so often gets overlooked while surrounded by the universally-recognized brilliance of The Roots (and the charisma of his fellow bandmate, drummer ?uestlove). Here, though, you are treated to Black Thought at the top of his game, spitting in a raw, almost unrecognizably raspy voice and at a pace that literally leaves Q-Tip laughing (as you’ll hear) at its sickness. Originally this was three separate freestyles on the same radio show, but, as mentioned above, this file has been mastered into one perfectly fluid track. You can either download it below or listen to it below that; either way it’s eleven-plus minutes of rapping that will blow your mind:

Black Thought (feat. Q-Tip) – Shade 45 Dilla Tribute

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[MP3 courtesy of (the excellent) All The Way Live]

If you haven’t heard the ridiculous new single from The Legendary yet, now would be the time; here’s the brand new video, as well as some facts I stole from another blog that fill up some space:

Hip-Hop group The Roots support their new single entitled “How I Got Over” with a music video directed by BBGUN. The video sees a man on a wheelchair wandering through the street of Brooklyn and witnessing the seedy side of the town’s urban life.

“How I Got Over” is the title track from the band’s upcoming studio album called “How I Got Over”. The song was debuted live on TV for the first time during an episode of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” back in June.

The Roots’ ninth studio album, “How I Got Over” itself is slated to be released across United States on October 20. It reportedly contains materials which have some political influences, like the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

[via Potholes in My Blog]

After my roommate and I recently saw a guy pull up to Flight Club in a bright green Lamborghini, park out front, buy these shoes and then walk right out, it was officially confirmed that these shoes were the hotness.  I have recently called them the “sickest shoes ever,” though I was pretty excited at the time, so I would have to say the verdict is still out.  They are called the ?uestlove Air Force One’s, were produced in an extremely limited release, and each one is signed by the Roots’s drummer-extraordinaire.  The gold-toe edition was limited to about 300 pairs and randomly inserted into the shoe boxes; those who were lucky enough to receive one were said to have received the “Golden Ticket.”  Considering they have sold for upwards of $1000, and now can’t even be found on the internet, it is an apt name.  Enjoy the snappers below:


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