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Wyclef Will Lead A Full Orchestra On Hip-Hop Tour

Fugees co-founder Wyclef Jean is the latest artist to participate in the “A Night Of Symphonic Hip Hop,” concert series.

Clef follows The Roots and Common who have served as past headliners of the series.

Wyclef will kick off his performances in Omaha Nebraska, backed by the Omaha Symphony.

On January 19th, the rapper will run through his hits from his days with the Fugees, as well as numbers from his solo career including his most recent release Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee.

The rapper/producer will then head to Columbus, Ohio on February 17th backed by the Columbus Symphony at the Ohio Theater.

From there, Wyclef will trek to Saint Louis, MO on March 9th backed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at the Powell Hall.

Wyclef will give a performance in Dallas, TX on May 2nd at Winspear Open House with the Dallas POPS, while another date in Jacksonville, Florida is being lined up.

“A Night Of Symphonic Hip Hop” is presented by Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment.

Questlove Reveals The Roots Currently Have 263 Songs Recorded For Their Next Album

263 songs have been recorded for End Game but only 14 will make the cut.

“Usually when we get to 100 songs, he’s like, ‘Guys. You have 100 songs,” Quest explained. “There’s 14 really good songs in these 100. Let’s stop and concentrate on the 14.’ Right now, we’re at 263. But ideas keep coming. I made the promise that by November 1, we are stopping. And we’re just going to pick a good 14. And I’m certain by then, it’ll be 400 songs.”

Turning to a more sensitive subject, Quest has always used his voice to speak up on social issues. With the incidents that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia still fresh in everybody’s minds, the skilled drummer revealed his secret to remaining calm and composed in these troubled times.

“I’m going to sound like the guy that I used to make fun of 10 years ago,” he said. “When someone first introduced the ‘M’ word to me, which was meditation, I was like, ‘Alright. Weirdo. Let me get out of here.’ But I’m also a person with literally 19 jobs. I don’t even put that lightly. It’s literally 19 jobs. I always describe the human brain as — it’s like having a bunch of windows open on your Macbook, or whatever device you use on the Internet. The one thing we hate the most is when that rainbow wheel comes up and you start freezing. And you got to basically refresh and recharge. In order for me to function in everyday society, I have to spend — the first thing I do when I wake up, I go to sit in silence and breathe. And it’s hard to do. Especially now, when I’m always checking my updates to make sure that the world is actually still here. Like, ‘Oh, what adventures — are we going to have a nuclear war today?’ That’s the times we live in now. So it’s hard to live in silence. And concentrate.”

Quest’s advice then turned into a quick sneak peek of his upcoming book.

“Actually, my fourth book deals a lot with creativity and silence because I feel like the one element that we don’t utilize that’s necessary for creativity is silence and boredom,” he stated. “Because now we can just entertain ourselves at the click of a button. The problem with that, with always stimulating your mind and your brain, is that there’s no downtime. Some of the best people we had in life had silence and thoughts and boredom to create things. And so, my book editor was like, ‘Put that in 20,000-word form.’ [laughs]. It comes out in May.”

The lunch carried on with good conversation surrounding how heavy Detroit was and finished off on the topic of Quest’s Prince 101 course at NYU. When asked about his thoughts on Prince being honored with a new shade of the color purple, he responded with a chuckle.

“No comment,” he said. “No, it’s cute. But it’s like, okay. I’d put that up there with ‘JAY-Z Blue.’”

MultiHop Highlights International Hip Hop – “DJ Questlove For Cuba Documentary”

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DJ Questlove of the legendary “Roots” made good use of his time in Havana, engaging in extensive cultural research both by digging up some classic Cuban-made vinyl and by visiting the legendary EGREM studios, where most–if not all–of those classic sessions were recorded.

Check out the link below to view a Mini Documentary of Questlove’s Cuba Trip.

Dave Chappelle Recruits The Roots, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes and DJ Premier

MultiHop welcomes back Dave Chappelle.
It’s been nearly a decade since Chappelle performed stand-up alongside music from elite hip-hop artists on the scene.
With the 10th anniversary of his legendary Brooklyn Block Party approaching, Chappelle will be resurrecting the “Brooklyn Block Party dual format” for a three-date run of performances at Radio City Music Hall, from June 24th to 26th, accompanied by the Roots, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes and DJ Premier. Check out the Radio City website for more details.