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Lineup for 10th Annual Roots Picnic Announced

posted by Oscar February 20, 2017

The legendary Roots crew have announced the lineup for their annual Roots Picnic festival, featuring the band doing a headline set with Pharrell, while Lil Wayne and Solange also boast top billing. Some of the other acts that will make an appearance at Roots Picnic 2017 include 21 Savage, Kimbra, Gilles Peterson, Thundercat, Virgil Abloh, and Noname.

See the full lineup in the poster above or listed below.

The 10th edition of the fest is returning to Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 3rd. Continue Reading

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Lollapalooza Paris 2017 Lineup Revealed, feat. Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey

posted by Oscar January 17, 2017

Lollapalooza has expanded the famed French city of Paris for 2017, and today they’ve unveiled their first lineup. The inaugural edition of #LollaParis will take place July 22nd and 23rd at the Hippodrome de Longchamp, with headliner slots going to Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, and Lana Del Rey.

Further down the roster are acts like Alt-J, Pixies, The Roots, The Hives, Liam Gallagher, Skepta, Milky Chance, Bear’s Den, and more.

Info / tickets https://www.lollaparis.com

Check out the lineup above or in the reveal video below.

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Stream The ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ feat. Chance The Rapper, Nas, The Roots, Regina Spektor + More

posted by Oscar December 2, 2016


Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Questlove of The Roots have released The Hamilton Mixtape, which brings together various artists to rework songs from the award-winning musical. Some of the artists that contributed to the mixtape are Chance The Rapper, Nas, Alicia Keys, Common, The Roots, Regina Spektor, Busta Rhymes, and Ashanti with Ja Rule.

The Hamilton Mixtape also features the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Usher, Miguel, Sia, Queen Latifah, Francis and the Lights, Wiz Khalifa, Snow Tha Product, Residente, Ben Folds, and more. Stream the new mixtape below via Apple Music and Spotify. Continue Reading

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Watch the ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ Performance Live Stream

posted by Oscar December 1, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Mixtape is coming to life today with a live performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (where Hamilton is performed). The livestream will kick off at 12pm CT, and it will feature live performances from artists that contributed to the album.

Though there’s no information on who exactly will be playing at the #Ham4Ham celebration, come of the artists featured on Hamilton Mixtape include Chance the Rapper, Nas, Common, Regina Spektor, the Roots, Francis and the Lights, Alicia Keys, Wiz Khalifa, Kelly Clarkson, Riz MC, and others.

I just watched the live production yesterday (that shit was phenomenal), so you know I’m ready to relive it like this. Livestream the show above!

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Listen to Ashanti and Ja Rule’s “Helpless” off ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’

posted by Oscar November 25, 2016


Ashanti and Ja Rule’s contribution to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s The Hamilton Mixtape has dropped today. The latest release off the forthcoming project brings together the Murder Inc. Records labelmates and long-time collaborators for “Helpless.”

The last release of songs from the project included Usher performing “Wait For It,” and “Wrote My Way Out” by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda with Nas, Aloe Blacc, and Dave East.

Hear “Helpless” below. Continue Reading

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Two More ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ Songs Have feat. Usher, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nas

posted by Oscar November 18, 2016


The Hamilton Mixtape continues to take shape ahead of its December 2nd release, and today sees the release of a couple more songs. The latest release includes Usher’s interpretation of “Wait For It,” plus Hamilton‘s mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda connecting with Nas, Aloe Blacc, and Dave East for “Wrote My Way Out.”

The Hamilton Mixtape also features tracks with Chance the Rapper, Francis and the Lights, the Roots, Wiz Khalifa, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Common, and many others.

Hear the two new releases below. Continue Reading

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Hear Two New Tracks From ‘The Hamilton Mixtape,’ Including “Satisfied” by Sia feat. Miguel and Queen Latifah

posted by Oscar November 11, 2016


A couple more tracks from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s upcoming Hamilton Mixtape have been unveiled. Sia leads “Satisfied,” with guest features from Miguel and Queen Latifah. The other track is “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” and it brings together K’NAAN, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, and Residente all dropping bars.

The mixtape, which also features tracks from Chance the Rapper (with Francis and the Lights), the Roots, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Usher, and Common among others, is due out December 2 via Atlantic.

Hear both songs below. Continue Reading

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases Two Tracks From Hamilton Mixtape

posted by Alex November 4, 2016


What a time to be alive. Lin-Manuel Miranda gave us a little taste of what we can expect from him and Questlove’s Hamilton Mixtape by dropping two tracks on iTunes and Spotify. One track features Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz and Nate Ruess for the ever so popular “My Shot”. Joell and Busta are the perfect fit for this track as both are gritty and powerful but also drop lethal heartfelt lyrics. Kelly Clarkson is featured on the second track that was dropped called “It’s Quiet Uptown”. Take a look at the track listing below and you’ll find a couple of the homies on here like Snow Tha Product and Chance The Rapper. Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Best of Soundset 2016 feat. ASAP Rocky, Future, The Roots

posted by Oscar May 31, 2016

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This past weekend saw the latest edition of one our absolute favorite music festivals of the year, Soundset. The 2016 edition of the premier Hip Hop fest was stacked with some of the biggest names and dopest up-and-comers in the game, including ASAP Rocky, Future, The Roots, and more.

The POD squad took a trip to Minnesota to capture some of the best moments, which we have compiled here for you to sift through. Hit the jump below to take a look at action shots from the headliners already mentioned, plus Common, Post Malone, Machine Gun Kelly, and Danny Brown.

Hit the jump to check out the gallery. Continue Reading


Jamila Woods- “Heavn”

posted by JuicyJackie May 11, 2016

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  You might have just seen her on Jimmy Fallon with Chance The Rapper performing “Blessings.” When Jamila isn’t putting her beautiful touch on Chance’s songs she’s creating beautiful music of her own. The Closed Sessions artist just released “Heavn.” Jamila’s beautiful voice & lyrics over a Roots x J Dilla beat give you a real slice of heaven. “Heavn” speaks of an old real love.. Jamila connects with her roots bringing you a story and a trip through time. With the release of “Heavn” we’re getting excited for the songstress to release her solo album. We love listening to Jamila’s music & hear everything she’s working on.

Listen to “Heavn” here.

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Taste Of Chicago 2016 Music Lineup Announced, feat. The Roots, Billy Idol, Donnie Trumpet

posted by Oscar April 26, 2016

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The music lineup for this year’s Taste Of Chicago has been revealed and it’s got plenty of names to help it keep up with last year’s roster.

The 2016 edition will feature headliners The Roots, Billy Idol, The Decemberists, KONGOS, and The Isley Brothers. Some of the other stand-out names performing at the food festival are POD favorite Donnie Trumpet, Elle King, Shakey Graves, and Sheila E.

Get tickets for the seating area at the Petrillo Music Shell, at www.TasteofChicago.us. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 29, at 10 a.m.

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Soundset Reveals 2016 Lineup feat. A$AP Rocky, Future, The Roots & More

posted by Alberto March 1, 2016

Soundset 2016 lineup

Soundset is hands down one of our favorite festivals every year and they continue to impress us with their lineups every time. This time around, Future, A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Post Malone, Anderson .Paak, The Roots, Mick Jenkins, Common, Raury, Goldlink and more artists have us very excited for the festival this year.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 4th, on  SoundsetFestival.comGet your tickets early and we’ll see you in Minnesota on May 29th!