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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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Questlove took on the 1s and 2s in NYC last month to rock a set of J Dilla beats played live by The Roots.  You may remember the Dilla Joints album we posted a while back, well this session unearthed more unreleased gems from those sessions.  Check out the full 60 min video below, or download the mix as an MP3.

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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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With Questlove hosting Superjam at this year’s Bonnaroo festival, we knew we were in store for something special… and its pretty safe to say he delivered.  Making his first performance on U.S. soil in 12 years, D’Angelo joined Quest and the reunited Soulquarians for a fantastic set.  Thanks once again to our friends at the Funk It Blog, we’re treated to a full audio download of the entire set. The 90-minute set offered up not a single D’Angelo song, but instead incredible covers of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Sly & The Family Stone, The Ohio Players and much more.  Check out the full setlist below and, of course, links to download the recording.

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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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