Hennessy – The Art of Blending

Hennessy (or Hen Rock as Prodigy calls it) has sponsored a few hip-hop tours the last few years.  Most notably one with the Roots, Q-Tip & Common.  Some have argued that having an alcohol sponsored hip-hip tour is detrimental to the urban communities they soliciting to and the above artists have caught some flack for it.  I am on the fence but will hold off opinion for another post.  Anyways, there is a 30 min documentary about the artists and tour that you can find on the  Hennessy’s Facebook , starting Thursday, June 30th from 5pm EST. (via TSS)

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Posted on July 1st, 2011

Jazzy Jeff at the Do Over

My hero, DJ Jazzy Jeff, plays his set at the Do Over. He plays to the crowd and homage to Nate Dogg and then rips into a blend of samples that will make you dirty your pants. One in particular will make you go crazy. The sample was found just recently and to see him play it with Questlove watching is priceless. GOAL for 2012: DJ Franchise at The Do Over.

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Posted on June 21st, 2011

Happy Birthday, Questlove!

Questo is celebrating his 40th bday (I think). To help commerate, Amoeba records sent me this vid of their “What’s in my bag?” video series. Pretty funny stuff. Also, feel free to wish Questo a bday shout out on Twitter. One of the greatest in our generation!

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Posted on January 20th, 2011

DJ Franchise – The ReIntro (Part 1)

Growing up in the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, I was privy (some say luckily spoiled) to some of the most consistent output of great music of our culture.  This experience has led myself and others in my age range to look down on the music produced by current hip-hop artists. Its easy to hate when you hear the radio, watch MTV, and the level of mediocre songs constantly blogged about on the internets.  But, those that do their proper e-digging and visit to indie concerts, know that hip-hop is prospering.  So, I give to you, my fellow hip-hop heads, The ReIntro – a sample platter of some of my most recent likings of established artists, burgeoning mcs, and underground producers.  This is ReIntroduction to hip-hop, who we once loved, broke up with, grew to appreciate, and now back to date but not ready to marry (word to Sake1).  Part 2 will be released on 12/10/10. Tracklisting after the jump.

The ReIntro Part 1 – Download

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Alternative Download link (mediafire)

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Posted on November 24th, 2010

DJ Jazzy Jeff X Questlove (Live Set)

Last Month at The Roots Picnic in Philly, Questo and Jazzy Jeff got together to do their rendition of the DJ/Drummer set (a la Travis Barker & AM, Bobo & Rhettmatic). While the others have looked to party-out or dance, this set takes much more “digging” approach. Pulling out alot of the originals into the sampled hip-hop song is a great move. Not that Jazzy Jeff cares but I was really happy to hear him do the same intro/mix that I do with Ms. Fat Booty and One More Chance. Anyways, its an entertaining mix. Khal hooked up this one.

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Posted on July 13th, 2010

Questlove speaks on Fela Kuti

I can admit that I have never really learned about Fela Kuti. Now in my early 30s, I am barely catching on to this man’s movement and music. Thank God for Questlove, he’s put me on to some much music beyond my realm via his blogs, twitter, and random interviews. Educate yourself by watching this and for anyone out there that knows about Fela, please comment with links and knowledge. Thanks! (Via NR).

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Posted on March 2nd, 2010

Parks & Recreation is the Wu-Tang of Comedy

Along with Modern Family, Parks & Recreation is one of my must see shows of 2009. Watch the video and follow my lead. And if you are in the mood, check out a video with P&R’s Rashida Jones w/ KTL crush, Natalie Portman. Proceed!

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Posted on January 14th, 2010

The Roots – Fallon Sandwiches (songs)

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Questlove via Twitter released 22 of the mini-songs (sandwiches) that they play when going in or out of commercials. Word is that they have created over 1,000 of these but these are the ones he liked the most. If you are like me, the only reason you watch Fallon is for the Roots and seeing if Questlove is caught laughing. Speaking of Questlove and Fallon, I agree with him wholeheartedly that the Arte Lang/Olivia Munn episode has been the best so far. Tracklisting after the jump via NR. Great listening for those of us driving and traveling in a week.

The Roots – Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Sandwiches EP

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Posted on December 16th, 2009

DJ Jazzy Jeff – LL Cool J Scratch

Questlove used his flip cam to get some footage of Jazzy Jeff scratching LL Cool J’s “Rock The Bells” intro for an LL Cool J later that evening at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. Just great skills at work. Watch and be inspired.

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Posted on September 30th, 2009

Budden VS. Meth and… The Roots?

The above performance has been a topic of chatter amongst hip-hop nerds, especially those of us on Twitter. Basically, last week, Meth and Budden got into some name-calling WWF drama because overconfident Budden spoke from his heart and Meth felt that he was disrespected. Neither have spit bars to see who’s the better rapper. So who gets the shaft? The Roots. Because Budden mentioned Black Thought’s name in the conversation, Def Jam (aka Meth) told Fallon and Questlove that they did not want the Roots backing them when the performed “A-Yo”. Their PC/”official” reason for the last minute change was lame. In reality, Meth and Red were actually the ones that were hurt from this because now they missed the opportunity to make it a memorable performance for themselves and hip-hop. Peep the videos for the backstory, props to Peter.

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Posted on May 20th, 2009