The Roots make a welcome return to London for their first headline show in 2 years. On the cusp of celebrating 25 years of shape shifting Hip Hop creativity that has delivered to a devoted global community nine eclectic albums driven by bold musical concepts, unique collaborations, and profound lyrical themes that one critic defined as “cold eyed Hip Hop existentialism”, Philadelphia’s favourite politically motivated hip hop/funk/jazz collective will be taking the stage at London’s most iconic entertainment venue, the HMV Hammersmith Apollo. Continue reading The Roots in London on 19 August, 2011
The title of this set is taken from Lowrell’s super sexy ‘Mellow Mellow, Right On’ and here’s a proper collection of downtempo 70s and 80s soul that will put you right on in the mood.
“Sometimes I look at what Mr. J. is accomplishing and I think this guy will be Rawkus’ biggest star EVER”, Rawkus co-founder Brian Brater
“We are going to be talking about the rise and rise of Sa-Ra in a minute but first the travel”, did I hear that right? Has the news of the debut album hit national radio already?
Hi-Tek’s Hi-Teknology from 2001 linked him with all the names at Rawkus like Common, Talib Kweli and Mos Def. The new album, The Chip, provides an even more impressive list of guests but Hi-Tek has produced his own album.
Guru pronounces, “you can put me in the hall of fame, I’m worldwide, I’m a legend at this game.” Maybe, but is his latest solo effort (the dog’s) bollocks?