In the Music / Here I Come Promotional Vinyl Issued

Label: 2006 DEF JAM Records


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tomhayes – Wed, 2006 – 07 – 26 05:05

Game Theory leaked (and it is good)

Someone leaked The Roots upcoming album Game Theory. I am not suggesting that you try to find it and download it, I'm just informing you it is out there. (Or out deah.)

Want to help The Roots sell a million records despite the leak? Read The Roots' Myspace page.

The page also contains TWO new tracks from Game Theory.

tomhayes – Sat, 2006 – 07 – 22 06:34

Def Jam Grabs J. Period to Assemble Greatest of The Roots Mixtape
Def Jam Grabs J. Period to Assemble Greatest of The Roots Mixtape

By: Mark Lelinwalla
July 14, 2006
After putting together memorable best-of compilations for illustrious artists like Nas, Lauryn Hill and the Isley Brothers, DJ J. Period has been summoned by Def Jam to do a promo mixtape for The Roots.

“Def Jam brought me in to do the Isley Brothers mixtape. Now they commissioned me to do a promo CD for The Roots album,” an excited J. Period told “It’s going to be like the Best of The Roots, like I did with Nas and The Best of Lauryn Hill and it’s going to have more and more involvement with the artists. Black Thought laid down some exclusive stuff and I’m going down to Philly to work with ?uestlove.

tomhayes – Tue, 2006 – 07 – 18 15:06

Rooted in rhythm - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson marches to his own beat as drummer, writer, producer and DJ,0,5707748.story

Rooted in rhythm
Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson marches to his own beat as drummer, writer, producer and DJ
By Rashod D. Ollison
Sun Pop Music Critic
Originally published July 13, 2006

Music - buying it, making it, spinning it for others - consumes so much of Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson's life these days that sleep is a rare luxury.

But he wouldn't have it any other way.

When the Philadelphia-based drummer isn't in the studio or on the road with his band, the Roots, playing more than 200 dates a year, he's beating the skins for other acts (Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Jaguar Wright, Christina Aguilera, the list flows on). And when he isn't keeping time on the drums, he's accelerating or suspending it as a DJ on the turntables.

tomhayes – Thu, 2006 – 07 – 13 19:49

“The Roots” Photographer & Friend Dies

“The Roots” Photographer & Friend Dies
By Renee D. Turner, Staff Writer & Wire Reports

Mpozi Mshale Tolbert (The Indianapolis Star)

Posted July 5, 2006 – Mpozi Mshale Tolbert, the award-winning photographer who, among other works, shot the cover photo for the acclaimed Philly hip-hop group The Roots, died Monday in Indianapolis.

The 34-year-old 6 feet 6 inches newspaper photographer, who began his career in Philly, collapsed at his desk at The Indianapolis Star and later died, the newspaper reported.

tomhayes – Sat, 2006 – 07 – 08 02:34

Toronto Sun Concert Review

Roots keep growing

The Roots have a reputation as one of the best live bands on the planet, and they certainly lived up to it Wednesday night with a spectacular, multi-dimensional show at the Kool Haus.

The Philadelphia band, one of the few hip-hop acts to use live instruments in concert, transcended that genre and many others, travelling freely across the musical spectrum by incorporating songs and sounds from many eras into their own music.

The band started in the late '80s, when rapper Black Thought and drummer ?uestlove met at a Philadelphia performing arts high school and began making hip-hop together.

tomhayes – Sat, 2006 – 07 – 08 02:33 has a new Questlove interview

The Roots: Blood, Sweat, and No Tears
By Abran Maldonado

The “Game Theory” is defined as "An agent or person who is faced with a set of moves he can play and will form a strategy, to best respond to his environment." Nobel Peace Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, developed this theory to calculate an actual formula to winning and losing. Amir "Questlove" Thompson and The Roots are poised to release their next album entitled The Game Theory demonstrating how they have always stood the test of time, musically cultivating every album to best respond to the current climate in Hip-Hop like a barometer foretelling of turbulent conditions. Questlove affirms, "For me, it’s important that the title of each Roots album embodies what we're going through at the time, what Hip-Hop is going through, and what the world is going through… As for The Game Theory, someone's gonna win and someone's gonna lose." The Roots don’t seem to be losers, and they certainly aren’t on a losing team. Aligned with Hova, the group retains their constant goals, as Questlove changes the production technique for their first Def Jam release. With Malik B back in the lineup and a point to prove, The Roots have the fertilizer to grow now more than ever.

tomhayes – Wed, 2006 – 07 – 05 07:13

The Roots feat. Peedi Peedi “Long Time Coming”

The Legendary Roots Crew spreads some Philly love with P. Crack on this track from their Def Jam debut Game Theory.

tomhayes – Fri, 2006 – 06 – 30 18:36

Malik B. article on

Original article and photos at:

Malik B makes a Psychological breakthrough.
by Zach Mortice

A four-track recorder
A coffin-sized closet vocal booth.

A CD shrink wrapper.

Crisp new business cards.

An air mattress in a studio apartment.

These are the everyday tools of a once-household name rapper making a play to get back in the game. Today, these things are a lot more important to Malik B, The Roots' often-absent "second" MC, than they were when he was touring Europe with the first real hip-hop band in the world. At his new apartment near 12th and Spring Garden, he gladly demonstrates his new DIY ethic, sealing a copy of his new EP, Psychological, in shrink-wrap. "It's fun," he says. "It's like drugs or some shit."

tomhayes – Fri, 2006 – 06 – 30 18:35

The Pros by The Roots

1:14 minutes (1.46 MB)
tomhayes – Wed, 2006 – 06 – 28 08:57