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Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, Miguel and Jhené Aiko will headline a packed lineup at the upcoming Smokin Grooves Festival set for March 19 at LA State Historic State Park.

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Austin Nelson

We’ve Got A File On You features interviews in which artists share the stories behind the extracurricular activities that dot their careers: acting gigs, guest appearances, random internet ephemera, etc.

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The Roots’ drummer explains how the late Rolling Stone inspired him to play simple and steady, and how ‘Exile on Main St.’ inspired the Roots’ “The Seed” For more, check out: (Source)

As ‘Things Fall Apart’ turns 20, watch a live rendition of the album’s standout single For more, check out: (Source)

“We call for you to join us with your name in refusing to perform at Israel’s complicit cultural institutions,” over 600 artists – including Run the Jewels, Patti Smith and the Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove – write For more, check out: (Source)

Dave Grohl loves doing bits, to the point where he sometimes likes to imagine himself as a little bit of a stand-up comic. In 2017, for instance, Grohl guest-hosted a Halloween episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live while dressed as David Letterman. These days, Grohl has a whole lot going on. He’s about to become a two-time Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer, he just came out with a documentary, and he and his daughter recorded an X cover. Also, there’s a new Foo Fighters album, and that band is playing every not-that-exciting music festival in America this summer. So it’s not even clear what Grohl was promoting when he was on The Tonight Show last night, but they let him co-host the whole episode.

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Host Jimmy Fallon gets Dave G'rolled. Continue reading…

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willow smith, dominic fike, unexpected collabs

Collaboration among artists can make good songs turn into great ones. Surely, the alternative scene has witnessed this, whether it’s Alex Gaskarth and Mark Hoppus joining forces to create Simple Creatures or even My Chemical Romance and the Used coming together to work on “Under Pressure.” These collabs, of course, were no surprise, as the […]

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DJ Khaled’s brand is excess, opulence, and over-the-top enthusiasm. For the better part of two decades, the man born Khaled Khaled has been rounding up as many famous rappers, singers, and producers as he can, piling them onto XXXL pop-rap songs laser-targeted at radio, and shouting various catchphrases on top of them at maximum volume. This sometimes results in pump-you-up classics like “We Takin’ Over” and “I’m On One” and “All I Do Is Win,” modern-day jock jams guaranteed to send your average millennial’s adrenaline surging. In recent years the formula has led to a bloated pantomime of triumphant lavish living — songs that sound the way overpriced liquor bottles in the VIP section probably taste (which I hear is underwhelming, though I can’t speak from experience). Khaled is a blockbuster franchise unto himself: one that keeps roping in more and more impressive names, and one that can’t really descend into self-parody because this man has always been a living caricature.

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