Posts Tagged ‘The Roots’

#undun by @TheRoots on heavy rotation, good music palette cleanser.

December 9, 2011

Keepin em coming…

July 15, 2010

“Roots productions, will always stay paid…they take the freshest jams, and make em fresher!” – Mos Def (Casa Bey Live with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon)

Homie Ollie the “O Gd Father” just sent me a link today that shows a sneak peek on a collab between John Legend and The Roots titled “Wake Up” coming out around Sept this year.  Nice call on people sleepin’ on them.   Can’t wait for more live music!

Peep more here: http://www.sonymusicdigital.com/john-legend/details/5589581

Another One

June 23, 2010

Yesterday I found out from my good old homie Ollie that The Roots’ new album came out (how did I not know this?).  I was planning on picking it up today and Linda surprised me with it after lunch at the “boo-fay”.  I’ve heard of dinner and a movie, but lunch and music?  Way to follow comfort food with comfort tunes.  So far so good…on track 5!  Thanks beb!

The next day, verdict:

Love it!  Cohesive.  Almost like as if you’re taking a walk with Black Thought and he’s politicking lyrically.  I’d say my favorite out of the last three albums they released.  Definitely a breath of fresh air along side with Distant Relatives (Nas/Damian Marley), especially after I’ve been sifting through club party songs from DJ Chris Cruz’s hard drive.  Thanks Roots Crew!


Rose Roots

April 30, 2010

Before I found out about hip-hop music and it’s culture, believe it or not, I was actually into rock.  Back in the Philippines, around the early 90’s when Nirvana, Metallica, Pearl Jam, etc. were big.  Among all the bands in that same genre, one of my favorite bands at the time was Guns N’ Roses.  And of course, like any other teen at the time that liked GnR, I wanted to be like Slash.  Everyone in P.I. at the time listened to rock and everyone for some reason knew how to play a guitar.   So I actually owned and played a guitar way before I even knew how to use a turntable.  I remember this guy around the block in our neighborhood that had a little studio setup that he would rent out with all the band instruments.  Whenever actual bands would end their practice sessions, me and my friends would go in and the guy actually let us play around and jam out our favorite rock songs until the neighbors got mad.

One of the things that really appealed to me about the music was the energy and the feeling you get when you’re actually playing.  You just get enveloped by this enormous sound of the guitar distortion in the air, the kick drum just pounding on your chest along with the deep bass, all synced up while literally being manually created by you and your friends.  Since then, I’ve always loved the vibe of live music.

When I finally really recognized hip-hop’s existence (this should be on DJ Bee’s Hip-hop confessions by the way) around the DoggyStyle era, (yea) I was still in P.I.  What appealed to me was the clean rhythmic beats overlayed with poetry.  Because of the contrast, it was musically a palette cleanser from all the loud distorted sound frequencies that I’ve been listening to.  Eventually, after more exposure to the culture, with the art, dancing, and DJing, I then wanted to be a DJ.  However, I eventually realized that when hip-hop artists perform, the DJ kinda just pushes play in the back of the stage, and a whole mob stands on the stage with the performer and a hypeman screams all over the place.  Then that’s when Turntablism came along, (which would be a completely different story).  But anyway, hip-hop didn’t quite appeal to me when it came to live performances.  My impression was just it seemed like that setup for a performance didn’t have that same vibe as a live band would (I later found out that it somewhat does).  But until I just randomly picked up a CD single by a group called The Roots of one of their songs “What They Do”.  That’s when I was like “Oh shit!”  this crew has everything I like about music combined into one.  Live band, singing, rapping, scratching, beatboxing, everything.

Ok I’m getting tired.  Long story short, I love live music no matter what genre and I just wanted to write a little background story for creating this.  Based off of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction album cover, I just decided to make a Roots version of it with some of their core members.  Ok, Good Morning!