what’s the best way to cap off the week, fallon? oh, gotcha. the fifth installment of ‘the history of rap.’ these two make such a great team, huh? throw in the roots – and it’s very unfair.
JT stuck around the whole episode too, was plenty great.
last week, justin vernon/bon iver stopped by the fallon studios to perform “woods,” from the tried and true blood bank. now, as a web exclusive, fallon and co. have posted one of everyone’s favorites, “holocene.” and yeesh, the roots are pretty great aren’t they?
if you missed it, watch his version of “woods” here.
hall of fame was a bit of a let down, but “first chain” most certainly wasn’t. and while nas isn’t in the cut, cudi and sean carry the song plenty far, having a shit ton of fun in the process.
below, listen to key-wane’s “more mula” remix. pretty dope.
kanye west made a special drop-in at the house of fallon last night, to exclusively give him a live premiere of the yeezus standout, “bound 2.” the only true ‘vintage kanye’ on all of yeezus, why not go where the best house band’s at, put uncle charlie wilson on stage and diss ray j (“brandy’s lil sister lame and he know it now”) for a late night crowd, right?
also, does anyone remember when kanye was one of hollywood’s most snappy dressers? the fuck is homie wearing these days?
“burgundy” makes its TV debut very soon after it was released to the public just a few days ago. with a little help from the roots, of course. and because i didn’t post the song when it was released (sorry, been drunk for a few days lol jk), listen to the track below.
earl sweatshirt – burgundy [feat. vince staples, prod. by pharrell]
tity premieres his new single on late night, with plenty of help from the roots crew.
BOATS II is out 9/10, and you can see the DONDA-produced artwork below the jump.
taking the road less traveled and forgoing the stage of late night, robin thicke, jimmy fallon and the roots crew perform the fuck out of “blurred lines” in the most fantastic way. for shits and gigs, check out the instrument list:
Jimmy Fallon – wood block, Casio keyboard
Robin Thicke – spoons
Questlove – wooden clacker
Mark Kelley – kazoo
Kamal Gray – xylophone
James Poyser – melodica
Captain Kirk – ukulele
Tuba Gooding Jr. – recorder, banana shaker
Frank Knuckles – cowbell
Black Thought — maraca
the roots often lend their musically mastery to many an artist, with their latest team-up linking themselves to elvis costello for an album titled wise up the ghost, due out on september 17th. up above watch the album’s first single “walk us uptown” laced together as a lyric video featuring a cameo by elvis and ?uestlove.
terius’ stop at the fallon show yielded an excellent result. not only did he get the roots to be his backing band, but with austin, tx’s gary clark jr. in tow, he was able to knock out a fantastic performance of “too early,” one of IV play‘s best tracks. watch above.
IV play is out now.
jermaine takes his radio hit to the fallon stage sans miguel in an interesting patchwork leather sweater of some sort, where he was assisted by the roots crew in beefing it up. all sounds good from here; born sinner is out june 18th.
after releasing their first single in nearly a decade (“get away”), de la soul linked up with the legendary roots crew on fallon’s show to perform 3 feet high and rising’s “jennifa taught me,” to many’s delight. as an online bonus, the fellas unearthed “a roller skating jam named saturdays” (below the jump) from de la soul is dead.
what is this shit? why am i so intrigued with this new tyler material? i don’t even like “domo 23″! it’s just crazy how…crazy this dude is. we all remember him turning the late night circuit upside down a couple of years ago with his “sandwitches” performance. he had mos def yelling “swag!” and now, he sits behind a piano to premiere a new track from his upcoming album wolf (“treehome”) and then hits “domo 23,” all alongside the roots. by the way, when is this asshole gonna stop yelling and just make rappin’ ass rap tracks? we know he’s capable.
wolf is out april 2.
questlove hit instagram to release the lineup for yearly summer hullabaloo thrown by the legendary roots crew in their hometown of philadelphia. the picnic will take place on 6/1 at Festival Pier at Penns Landing, and tickets will be on sale at 10am on 1/25.
t.i. takes his weezy-assisted single from trouble man to perform a weezy-less version on late night with fallon. the good news is that he replaces weezy with a very competent and capable roots band.
okayplayer’s holiday jam boasted a pretty nice lineup, and it was great to see a few of the greats come together for an excellent live collaboration of tribe’s “electric relaxation.” refreshing.
check out the full video recap as well.