Hip Hop Reacts To Dakota Access Pipeline Reroute
Activists who have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline scored a massive victory yesterday when the Army Corp of Engineers announced that it would look for an alternate pipeline route. It had been planned to pass underneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, a route that members of the tribe and their supporters feared would threaten their water supply and sacred sites.
Meek Mill, T.I., Questlove Join Anti-Trump Protests
Wednesday night, protests in response to Donald Trump's election erupted in major cities across the United States -- New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, and more.
Questlove To Host "Questlove Supreme" Show On Pandora
Earlier this week, Pandora announced that they will launch their own streaming service as soon as September. Apple Music, of course, offers not only a streaming service but an array of radio shows hosted by personalities like Zane Lowe and Ebro Darden. Pandora has announced that starting next month, Questlove will host a weekly three-hour show on its site.
Questlove On Rich Homie Quan's Lyrical Blunder: "We Are To Blame"
Rich Homie Quan has been getting dragged across the internet since he forgot the lyrics to the Notorious B.I.G. song he was performing at Monday's VH1 Hip Hop honors. Questlove took to Instagram on Tuesday to share his perspective on the situation. He aimed to lessen the barrage tomatoes being flung at Quan, imprisoned in digital stocks, and encouraged followers to turn the lens upon themselves.
A$AP Rocky, Questlove & Prince Were All Answers On Jeopardy
Just days after seeing contestants on Jeopardy not know a question about Kanye’s Life Of Pablo album, the long-time running game show decided to once again test the hip-hop knowledge of their latest players on Wednesday’s episode.
Questlove Is Scoring A Movie Starring Kid Cudi & Zoe Kravitz
Questlove will provide the musical score for the upcoming thriller/romantic drama "Vincent N Roxxy", Rolling Stone reports. Directed by Gary Michael Schultz, "Vincent n Roxxy" follows a "small town loner" played by Emile Hisrch, who runs away with a punk rocker, played by Zoe Kravitz. Kid Cudi makes an appearance as a character named Suga.
Lee Andrews, R&B Singer & Father Of Questlove, Has Passed Away
Our hearts go out to longtime drummer of The Roots and all-around great dude Questlove, whose father Lee Andrews passed away yesterday. He was 79. Lee Andrews was the frontman for the Philadelphia-based R&B group Lee Andrews & the Hearts, a classic doo-wop group that charted on the Billboard charts all the way back in the 1950s.
The Roots Ex-Bassist Reportedly Suing Over Unpaid Royalties
You may remember Leonard “Hub” Hubbard as the dude in The Roots holding down the groove in the back, chew stick dangling from his mouth, in the classic film Dave Chappelle's Block Party. Hub played bass in The Roots from 1992 until 2007, when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a common form of blood cancer. According to TMZ, Hubbard has filed a lawsuit against Qustlove, Black Thought, and the band's current manager for unpaid royalties.
T.I. To Star In "Roots" Remake
T.I. has experienced moderate success as an actor, most notably for his 2006 film "ATL." The 35-year-old rapper is about to face his biggest acting challenge yet -- according to Variety, he is joining the cast of the A&E Network's reboot of "Roots," the 1977 TV miniseries based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel.
The Roots To Be Inducted Into The Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame
The Roots announced at their 8th annual Roots Picnic this weekend that they will be inducted into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame in a ceremony on October 26th. Congrats to The Legendary Roots Crew, it's about damn time. Other inductees to the Walk of Fame include Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson, veteran glam band Cinderella, disco group The Tramps, Broadway performer Andrea McArdle, and legendary local radio personality Harvey Holiday. The celebration will be held at the brand new Fillmore Philly venue in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.
#TBT: The Roots
The Roots are the greatest hip hop band of all time, hands down. From the streets of Philadelphia to late night TV, they have conquered each and every stage they've graced over their twenty-eighty year career. Questlove is a cultural icon, an authority on hip hop, accomplished author, a real-deal DJ, and elite drummer. Black Thought is a great MC, occasional actor, lethal feature, and globetrotting hip hop representative. The Roots are what you should show your grandmother, or grand-daughter, if they ask, "What is hip hop music?"
D'Angelo Reveals "Black Messiah" Tracklist [Update: Album Stream Now Available]
Well, that happened fast. After more than a decade of waiting on the follow-up to his undisputed-classic Voodoo album, D'Angelo fans are getting hit left-and-right with new material from the R&B legend. Just a few hours after dropping the project's first single, D has let loose the official tracklist as well as a brief introductory note for listeners.
Jay Z And Kanye West Are Co-Producing The New Chris Rock Movie
This is pretty crazy news. Chris Rock's upcoming film Top Five, which he wrote, directed and starred in, is set to be co-produced by two of hip-hop's biggest names. Yes, Jay Z and Kanye West (or "The Throne" if you will) are serving as co-producers on the film, which also counts The Roots' Questlove as its executive music producer.
Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," Says Hip-Hop Has "Spread Its Wings"
Questlove is a man who knows hip-hop music (he even published a book on the subject), so when the legendary Roots drummer speaks, his opinions tend to be held in the highest regard--even when they're not the most popular.
Questlove And Diplo Collaborate On New VH1 Series "Soundclash"
Complex reports that The Roots drummer and hip-hop icon Questlove is all set to executive produce a new VH1 music-based series titled "Soundclash" for the network's Fall programming schedule. The show is intended to showcase three artists from different sounds and genres of music performing on one stage. Collaborators will be asked to spontaneously perform original music, covers and current hits on the spot.
Questlove To Appear On "Law & Order: SVU" ... As A Corpse
You read it right, folks - Questlove, The Roots' resident percussionist, historian and DJ, will play the role of a murder victim on an upcoming episode of police procedural drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which stars veteran emcee Ice-T. "It's my fantasy to play a dead body on Law & Order," Questlove told US Weekly last November as part of their ongoing "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" series.
Questlove Blasts Rolling Stone For Removing Drake From The Cover
Some have sided with Drake when he complained about Rolling Stone replacing him on the cover for Philip Seymour Hoffman, in the wake of his passing. Others have cited that Drake was being insensitive in the matter as the acclaimed actor was much beloved by the public and his passing upset many, seeing the revised decision to put the Hoffman on the cover as appropriate.
Questlove & Stephen Starr To Open New Restaurant In NYC
The Roots artist Questlove is trying his hand at a new venture, although one he's very passionate about: food. The Phildelphia native regularly keeps fans updated on Twitter with his latest meal during his travels, and has now turned his knowledge of good food into a business. The Roots leader will soon open his own restaurant in New York City.
Justin Timberlake To Release Another Album This Year
Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience album is dropping in a few days, but there's already talk of another that's on the way, tentatively titled 20/20 Vol 2. As reported by Complex, Questlove of The Roots took to the Okayplayer forum (a site he founded) to discuss Timberlake and