Posts Tagged ‘The Roots’

Cody ChesnuTT Loves Performing for D.C.’s Black Audiences, but Says Soul Music’s in a Rut

Cody ChesnuTT is a much different musician than he was 12 years ago when, on 2002's The Headphone Masterpiece, the soul singer garnered attention by simply not giving a damn. Check out the 12-second track "Brother with an Ego" if you don't believe me. The album's lo-fi, bare-bones aesthetic charmed the Roots into remixing one of its [...]

Raheem DeVaughn’s New Mixtape Should Come With a Box of Condoms

It doesn't take long for Raheem DeVaughn to state the purpose of his new mixtape, King of Loveland 2. "Yeah, this what we doin' for the summer," he says at the beginning of the tape, on a remix of Future's "U.O.E.N.O." "It's a rebirth of the baby boom era." Hell, just read some of the song [...]

Maimouna Youssef Has a Song With J Dilla and James Poyser

You know the story if you know Maimouna Youssef: She performed with rap duo dead prez at Dave Chappelle's block party. In 2006, she sang on The Roots' "Don't Feel Right," the lead single from the group's Game Theory album. "I Got a Man," the lead single from Youssef's The Blooming, was produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff. [...]

Tonight at U Street Music Hall, Thundercat May Sacrifice a Six-Year-Old

Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner can tweet some wild things when he's under the influence. Like this tweet from two weeks ago—a vague transmission about throwing salt in his own eyes and drinking a Bullet energy drink. "Wait, what did I say?" Thundercat asks me. Then: "Yeah, that happened. I didn't even know I tweeted that."
There's also the new [...]

Rapper Eve on the Gap Between Her Albums and Testosterone in Hip-Hop

Hip-hop—its slang, its trends—seems to change every six months. So it's almost unheard of for a rapper to go a decade between releasing albums and still maintain some type of success. This became a reality for rapper Eve, who released her fourth album, Lip Lock, in May—11 years after its predecessor, Eve-Olution.
Eve's career wasn't exactly [...]

ToDo ToDay: Spin at Signature! DC Loves Dilla!

Once. Ghost. Kinky Boots.Adapting movies into musicals is pretty much a meme on Broadway these days. Tonight, Arlington’s Signature Theatre continues the trend, but instead of hopping on the bandwagon, the creative team is jumping on a plane to Seoul. The new musical Spin is based on the hit Korean film Speedy Scandal and produced in collaboration [...]

Watch: Maimouna Youssef’s “Meet Me in Brazil”

Released last September, Maimouna Youssef's The Blooming was a dynamic debut for the accomplished singer/MC. It chastised everything from genocide to phony rappers, and showed listeners that she can rock without The Roots.
Released today, Youssef's video for "Meet Me in Brazil" is a breezy tale of overseas romance, in which she and her husband (played by [...]

Howard Theatre’s Lineup Looks Kinda Familiar

This morning, the Going Out Gurus gave us a glimpse of the Howard Theatre's entertainment schedule thus far. The lineup is star-studded—almost guaranteed to pack the house every night. My only quibble? Most of these performers have played the D.C. area in the last six months.
Wanda Sykes will play three nights at the venue, April [...]

Don’t Be Bored: The Roots Play Two Nights at Fillmore

Don’t read too many reviews, positive or otherwise, of The Roots’ drug-dealer study undun. With its backward-is-beautiful narrative structure and its overall flintiness, it’s not built for the current hype cycle, and it’s more likely to inspire a Bill T. Jones dance treatment than a million street imitators. Sit with it. It’s more than just a [...]

Jon Laine’s GIANT is All About The Beats

Released in 1998, Soul Survivor was the grand coronation of producer Pete Rock's already-stellar career, a large-scale album equally celebrated for its imposing instrumentals and heavyweight guest list (the Wu-Tang Clan, Black Thought of The Roots, and Common all had verses on the project). Yet despite the star-studded cast, Pete was the clear centerpiece, as his beats [...]