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The Roots & Common

Friday

Jul 27, 2018 – 8:00 PM

2600 Atwater Street
Detroit, MI 48207 Map

  • The Roots
  • Common

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The Roots: While most modern hip hop acts have shied away from playing actual instruments, The Roots have made a hugely successful career out of it. Their unique brand of hip hop and soul with a full band (including horn section) has led to sold-out tour dates and four Grammys. In addition to their own acclaimed albums, The Roots have also participated in acclaimed collaborations with artists like John Legend, Erykah Badu, and Duffy. As The Roots continue to evolve and grow, nothing seems too out of the ordinary for this groundbreaking hip hop collective.

The Roots was formed in 1987 by vocalist Black Thought and drummer Questlove while they were friends in high school. The duo began performing around Philadelphia and New York City, gathering a line-up of musicians that would change frequently throughout the band's career; including beatboxer Rahzel. After gathering a following of both hip hop and alternative fans with strategic tour dates, The Roots roared onto the mainstream with the release of Things Fall Apart in 1999. The album quickly went gold and won The Roots their first Grammy that year, and was followed by a performance at Woodstock '99. The Roots' political and social commentary began to grow stronger and stronger beginning with Game Theory in 2006 and continued on their next few albums.

The Roots album, Wake Up!, combined the group's increasing social commentary with the smooth R&B sounds of John Legend; an undeniably winning combination. After a collaborative album with Betty Wright, The Roots released their 13th album, Undun. The record was a concept album, following a man named Redford Stephens who's seduced by a life of crime. After a collaboration with Elvis Costello, the band released ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, which satirically dealt with the subject at violence in America.

Common: Common's unique brand of socially conscious and slightly alternative hip hop has made him one of the most widely acclaimed rappers of the past twenty years. While Common's trademark, politically and socially charged lyrics have sparked conflict with some, they have also brought him a huge fan base that shows up in droves to tour dates. These same fans are eagerly awaiting a set release date for Common's upcoming album, The Dreamer, The Believer, and if 2011 tour dates will follow the album's release.

Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, Jr., was born on the South Side of Chicago and formed his first rap trio, C.D.R., while in high school. While the group successfully opened tour dates for groups like N.W.A., he took a hiatus to attend college before releasing his debut album, Can I Borrow A Dollar?, in 1992 under the alias Common Sense. In 1999, the rapper began working with a musical collective known as the Soulquarians, which consisted of founder Questlove, Mos Def, Erykah Baduh, D'Angelo, and J Dilla, among others. Soulquarians helped Common hit his mainstream stride with production assistance on his fourth album, Like Water for Chocolate, which was released in 2000 to nearly universal acclaim, while also quickly going gold.

The Soulquarians also assisted Common on his next album, Electric Circus, which featured a more experimental sound; the style was praised by critics who saw an evolutionary sound but blasted by fans who wanted another Like Water for Chocolate. Shortly after tour dates in promotion of the album, Common began working more often with Kanye West, who he had known for years through their shared mentor, No I.D. West helped produce Common's second gold record, Be, in 2005, which also received nearly universally positive reviews and was nominated for four Grammys. Common received similar success with the West produced Finding Forever in 2007 and fans have been waiting for the release of The Dreamer, The Believer since 2008. The album and tour dates have been delayed by Common's popular and thriving acting career.

While fans won't have to wait long for The Dreamer, The Believer to be released, they might not experience any tour dates in 2011. No official release date has been given for the new album, but it is likely that Common will schedule a number of tour dates to promote the record once it does release. Be sure to check Eventful for all the latest on any Common tour dates in 2011.

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