Black Eyed Peas- Peapod Foundation Benefit 2009.
February 6, 2009

Founded by will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas and Polo Molina of Grassroots Productions, The Peapod Foundation aims to create social change for children through the universal language of music.

The Peapod Foundation strives to unite different cultures, countries and people so that, with everyone’s help,  they can help provide many of the much-needed supplies that many people are dependent upon.

Unsurprisingly, Will.I.Am emphasizes the learning and teaching of music/art expression in this organization.

So if you like music. Despite the genre or artist, help support the next Soulja Boy Lupe Fiasco, or Will.I.Am.

Support the movement, and make sure you send all of your spare change to this special cause.

“Vision

To unite people on a global scale via the universal language of music

To generate attention & build awareness towards shared goals

To bridge cultural boundaries and help children in need

To join together local and global communities

To make a difference in our world For our children, every day.”

Make sure you check out the video from Lupe performing at this concert.

More videos/performances from this event after the jump.

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Jimmy Fallon Introduces The Roots.
February 6, 2009

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As many of you may know, there is going to be quite a shake-up in the late night line-up at NBC starting in March.  Stay with us here.

Jimmy Fallon will be taking Conan O’Brien’s spot as host of the Late Show as Conan moves up a time slot and replaces Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show.

Despite what you make thing of Jimmy Fallon, he, or the execs at NBC, have made an excellent decision in choosing The Roots to be the house band.

Going from the Max Weinberg 7 to The Roots?  That’s a nice improvement if you ask us (Sorry Max, but we’re a hip-hop website.)

Watch above as Jimmy introduces his musical support and asks them to perform a couple of guest lead-ins.  The end is particularly funny, well Jimmy Fallon funny.

You should know this by now.

Nat King Cole x The Roots x Nas.
February 5, 2009

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For all you youngin’s out there who are saying “who the hell is Nat King Cole”, be ashamed of yourselves.  You should have at least seen the Chappelle’s show skit about him. But that was Chappelle’s show.

In reality Nat was one of the most prominent jazz musicians and singers of his time and on March 10th a tribute album titled Re: Generation will be released in his honor.

The album will feature previously unreleased Nat King Cole songs starring features from some of today’s most respected artists including Nas, The Roots, will.i.am, Ceelo and Izza Kizza among others.

In the video trailer for the album, his daughter has this to say:

The album is all about bridging the so called gap between the generations through music with Nat on the mic coupled with all of these extraordinary contemporary artists.

An interesting concept to say the least.  Take a listen to the two tracks below and let us know what you think.

Nat King Cole feat. Nas and Salaam Remi- The Game of Love. Download HERE.

Nat King Cole feat. The Roots- Walkin My Baby Home. Download HERE.

Hit the jump for the full album video trailer and the tracklist.

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A Wale of A Tale.
December 17, 2008

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It’s not everyday that you come across a name in hip hop that calls D.C. its home.

Wale changes that as he seems to be picking up the slack and repping the DMV (D.C., Maryland & Virginia, for those of you who aren’t from the area) for all of those who weren’t able to.

The District-born rapper currently boasts the most-requested song by a local artist in D.C. radio history. With this debut single Dig Dug(Shake It) (click to listen), he went on to get in touch with reknowned producer Mark Ronson who caught him a spot on Lily Allen’s remix of Smile.

Oh. And Jay-Z deemed Wale to be a good artist. Maybe he’s going places?

Now Wale finds himself rubbing shoulders and sharing the booth with the likes of The Roots and Lil Wayne.

And with all this growing hype, the Washingtonian continues to give away his music for free. Why?

The Web is the new way to figure out who’s hot and what’s not. You can’t let TV dictate because it’s so polished, so political. It is what they want you to know. The internet is the raw.

Check out his video for Nike Boots. This song is silly good.

Wale – Nike Boots

Also, go download his mixtape, The Mixtape About Nothing (done with 10xDEEP), HERE.

You should know this by now.