“The Legendary: A Film About The Roots” is Nine Minutes of Illumination
I saw this over at NeoGriot some time ago, but other events seemed to take precedence. I thought I would share this with you all who are fans of The Roots, especially since they have a day job: they are the house band over at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
If you don’t know it already, The Roots are a jazz-tinged, neo-soul, funk, hip-hop band straight outta Philly. They formed in 1987, and have moved from strength to strength on each successive album. However, they did not really make a breakthrough until 1999, when they released Things Fall Apart. The personnel has changed over the years, but the original band members/leaders remain Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, who became friends while they were attending the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts.
Last fall, The Roots released Wake Up, their twelfth album, a collaboration with John Legend. Both The Roots and John Legend opened at the Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” in Washington, D.C. Then in early February, The Roots released The “Wake Up Radio” Mixtape, which is available for free download. As Wikipedia put it, “The mixtape features remixes of classic soul and R&B song, as well using different takes from songs used on “Wake Up” and “How I Got Over.” The mixtape has new and old verses from hip hop legends such as Common, Blu, Dead Prez, Q-Tip, Rakim, Pete Rock, Kanye and (of course), Black Thought. Some classic soul artists used on mixtapes include: James Brown, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin.”
The Legendary was produced by Cam Be and Jeff Baraka and directed by Cam Be, in association with Okayplayer TV and Go Where Hip-Hop. From what I have been able to find out, Cam Be is an independent filmmaker. Jeff Baraka is a freelance media personality and producer with a deep interest in urban music, arts, and culture. They’re definitely going somewhere, especially with this little film.