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One of the big surprise guests at The Roots’ annual Holiday Jam Session was Raekwon, who rocked the crowd by performing 3 songs, all backed by The Roots, with Black Thought handling mic duties of the rest of the Wu Tang Clan.  Check out the Okayplayer TV video of the “Incarcerated Scarfaces” performance, then check out exclusive audio of all 3 songs.

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Earlier this week Okayplayer held their 6th Annual Holiday Jam Session @ Brooklyn Bowl, which as always was hosted by The Roots with tons of special guests including Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, ASAP Rocky, Bilal and more.  Here is a video we shot of The Roots w/Kweli and Q-Tip rocking Electric Relaxation (the place was packed, so apologies for the shakiness at times), and we also linked up an MP3 download for your enjoyment this holiday season.  Enjoy.

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The Roots once again rocked out in celebration of our country for Philly’s Fourth of July Jam, which I heard was the largest free concert in the U.S.  The Roots were joined by Brass Heaven, DJ Jazzy Jeff and others to put on a fantastic show, with special guests that included Daryl Hall, Common, Queen Latifah, Joe Jonas and Lauryn Hill.  Here is a soundboard recording of The Roots paying homage to Chuck Brown by covering Bustin’ Loose.  Stream/download below and then scroll down for the setlist and link to download the full concert.  Enjoy.

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We teamed up with the good folks at Okayplayer and dug way back in our archives for this one… all the way back to July 4th, 1994 when a relatively unknown, up-and-coming band called The Roots took the stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.  This is truly one of the earliest Roots shows you will ever experience.  In this baby version of The Roots, the talented Nikki Yeoh handled the duties on piano and keyboards, a very talkative (!) Hub slapped the bass, while an energetic kid by the name of Black Thought was joined by Malik B to rock the mic (a rare treat to see them perform a full set together).   If this mastered soundboard recording wasn’t enough, as a bonus, we’re also premiering over 13 min of high quality video from the show for the first time.  Jump below to stream the footage and download the full concert.

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With the recent passing of two legends in their respective genres, The Roots have been opening their recent sets with a go-go cover of Paul Revere to pay homage to MCA and Chuck Brown.  Last week, video surfaced of The Legendary performing this cover, and now thanks to good folks over at FunkIt, we have high quality audio.
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Here’s a gem from the very first Roots Jam Session @ Highline Ballroom residency from back in ’09.  Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, John Forte and Dice Raw all grab the mic and rip some dope verses over The Roots band killin it as usual.

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