The Roots' ?uestlove Says Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt Show Will Be 'A Challenge'
Absence of some of 1996 album's featured guests leaves musical director with work cut out for him.
To say Jay-Z is a man of many talents is an understatement. One of Hov's lesser-known assets, though, is his keen memory: He hasn't written down a single lyric since penning his first album, Reasonable Doubt, a decade ago.
But Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, who's acting as musical director for Jay's Reasonable Doubt 10th anniversary show Sunday at New York's Radio City Music Hall, says Hov should think about implementing a backup plan for the show. Especially since he'll be performing several records for the first time as he renders the album in its entirety — another first (see "Jay-Z To Perform Show Commemorating 10th Anniversary of Reasonable Doubt").
Illadelph on the Move
By Bill Murphy
Mar 1, 2006 12:00 PM
Rolling down a rain-slogged thruway on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., The Roots' caravan is heading toward the 9:30 Club for one of the group's sold-out, legendary year-end live jams. Behind the wheel of his silver Scion wagon, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson scrolls through his prodigious song selection and alights on a string of raw funk tracks from Sly and the Family Stone's classic album Fresh, and for a moment, we're transported back to 1973.
114-Dilltastic Vol Won(derful)
117-Don't Feel Right
118-In The Music
119-Take It There
121-Here I Come
123-Livin' In A New World
124-Clock With No Hands
126-Can't Stop This
Article at Rolling Stone
The Roots' New Album: Heavy But No Debbie Downer
The innovative Philly hip-hop crew rails against the war on terror and salutes J Dilla on their darkest release yet
After nearly fourteen years of making challenging, socially conscious hip-hop, should the Roots have to get defensive about their indie cred? Well, maybe, since the Philly crew signed their upcoming ninth album Game Theory (due August 29th) to Jay-Z's radio-friendly Def Jam label.
The new Def Jam site has a surprisingly good selection of content including:
- Photos from the 6/15/06 listening party
- MP3 of 'Please Don't Go (Demo)
- Streaming Audio
Check it out at: http://www6.defjam.com/site/artist_home.php?artist_id=605
Update: Looks like the cancelled. Let's hope it happens eventually. Updated article
I saw this while poking around the web tonight. I hope this will be in HD when it's aired:
Philly's favorite sons are coming to Austin this week for a taping of one of the best music shows in the world, Austin City Limits. The taping will take place this Friday morning at 11am. Yep, a Roots show before noon. In a stduio. With only a few hundred folks. Outstanding.
Among the highlights of "Game Theory" are the J-Dilla tribute "Can't Stop," incorporated interviews and memorial wishes from the recently deceased producer's friends. Elsewhere, the boom-bap drum pattern of first single "It Don't Feel Right" sets the tone for most of the album's production.
"False Media" featuring poet Wadud Ahmad showcased strong drums over Black Thought's thoughtful lyrics, while "Longtime" finds Roc-A-Fella Philly favorite Peedi Peedi aka Peedi Crack trading verses with Thought. The album also features three songs with former Root rapper Malik B, who hasn't been a full-time member since the mid-1990s.
As for upcoming videos, "It Don't Feel Right" will be the first from "Game Theory," blending additional songs "Here I Come" and "In the Music." The Roots plan to tour in support of the album until May 2007.