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Music, The Roots’ state of the union address

The Roots’ state of the union address

Legendary hip-hop drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson could easily win an award for multitasking. The man with the biggest Afro in hip-hop has an excess of talent, working as an executive producer (for Common, Slum Village, and, most recently, Al Green),…
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Music, Jill Scott's Sexual Healing

Jill Scott's Sexual Healing

Soulful singer Jill Scott flew onto the scene as a protégée of Philly hip-hop icons DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Roots. She penned the hook for the Roots' Grammy-winning "You Got Me" in 1999 before even having a chance to…
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Music, Near and Deer

Near and Deer

The career of Bay Area art-rock band Deerhoof continues as a testament to the potential for artistic merit to coincide with popular recognition. Recent years have found an acceleration of its accomplishments, both in terms of its consistently adventurous output…
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Film, Get Down With Dave

Get Down With Dave

The world premiere of Dave Chappelle's Block Party at the Toronto International Film Festival last September had the vibe of a sold-out concert -- all those spotlights beaming to and fro in front of a venerable old theater, all that…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day by Day Picks

This Week's Day by Day Picks

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Modern-day Nellie Bly Barbara Ehrenreich got down on her hands and knees and cleaned toilets as research for her best-selling exposé of the world of the working poor, Nickel and Dimed. She reports that she enjoyed…
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Music, BeatBox BeatBox

BeatBox

When thinking about the beat-boxing element of Philly hip hop legends the Roots, most recall the deep-throated Rahzel, who no longer works with the act. These days the group features the voice box of Scratch, who uses his talent to…
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Music, Reviewed The Roots of Madness

The Roots of Madness

The Roots of Madness were a group of teenage 'heads from the early '70s who attended Leigh High School in San Jose. Their LP of full-blown psychedelic freakery was locally released around 1970 and descended into hyperobscurity, until now. It's…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Ever wonder what happened to Creeper Lagoon? I mean the old Creeper Lagoon, the cool local band that got signed and then fawned over by mainstream tastemakers at Rolling Stone, MTV2, and Spin? That group was poised for greatness, but…
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Music, Planet Rock

Planet Rock

The mentioning of drug use in rap lyrics has a long and slowly revealed history. In the beginning, drugs were only referenced in supply-side-economics terms -- the ghetto protagonist needed product to sell in order to climb out of poverty,…
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Music, Reviewed Sean Paul

Sean Paul

Sean Paul's success in commercial hip hop markets doesn't make him a sellout -- yet. His ubiquitous ganja-burner anthem, "Gimme the Light," is genuine dancehall reggae, even if backed by Atlantic's major label clout. And as with his 2000 debut,…
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Music, Reviewed The Roots

The Roots

After paying dues with two fine albums of homemade rap-jazz jams, the Roots took hold with 1996's gritty Illadelphia Halflife and that album's subsequent tour. With the success of 1999's Things Fall Apart (which featured the mesmerizing "You Got Me"…
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Music, Reviewed Blackalicious

Blackalicious

In more than a decade together, Blackalicious' Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel have released only two EPs (1995's Melodica and 1999's A2G) and one full-length (2000's Nia). That's not to suggest a lack of productivity, but rather an obsessive…
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Music, Mission:

Mission:

If the copyright date on One were 1993 and not 2001, Mission:'s debut album would probably be talked about in hushed tones. The Berklee School of Music-trained and Oakland-based act might even receive the obligatory "old school" name-dropping, which many…
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Film, East Meets Fest

East Meets Fest

Thanks to the continuing narrative creativity of Iranian cinema, several eloquent French-North African co-productions, and various supple political dramas, this year's Middle Eastern and African festival offerings are outstanding. Ali Farka Touré: Springing From the Roots is one of the…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

There is little doubt "Stinky's Peep Show" is the last bastion of acceptable, beery fun for the aging -- or already aged -- punk rocker. Designed to accommodate the needs of those former street rats approaching 30, "Stinky's" is cheap,…
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Music, Got Live If You Want It

Got Live If You Want It

It's the last night of San Francisco's True Music Seminar, and Broadway Studios is packed. Halfway through a set by headliner Felonious, a man and a woman walk onstage. The crowd waits, bemused. Carlos Aguirre (aka Infinite Tounga Brown) starts…
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Calendar, Night&Day Illadephonic Sounds

Illadephonic Sounds

This year's Things Fall Apart might very well have been titled Things Come Together, as The Roots found their world taking shape in its aftermath. Forgoing earlier credos to avoid samples and previously recorded material, the album proved that the…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

With the release of her latest album A Ma Zone, Zap Mama high priestess Maria Daulne extends her bid to supplant Erykah Badu as contemporary R&B's reigning pro-Africa queen of the charts. Picking up where 1997's Seven left off, the…
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Music,

Last Dance

It's a rain-soaked line outside Club Deco on March 9, as a large and formidable security guard at the door casts a quick glance toward the end of the Tenderloin block. He smiles. "Damn, the line's around the corner,"…
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Music,

Disposable Heroes of Hypocrisy

Rage Against the Machine, Roots, Atari Teenage Riot Shoreline Amphitheater Monday, Sept. 15 The members of Rage Against the Machine are hypocrites. But claiming that hypocrisy invalidates Rage's message or success with the kiddies (U.S. 3.6 million sold) would be…
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