Friday, December 13, 2013

"The Roots" talk collab with Beyonce, 15 year Anniversary of the Website & More....


A new single. A coming album. A recent collaboration with Beyoncé.
The musicians who performed at the Root’s annual winter jam session earlier this week all had something to celebrate, including the 15th anniversary of OkayPlayer, Questlove’s music website.
Now in its seventh year, artists, music industry executives and a few lucky fans attended Monday night’s low-key event at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl. “It’s intentionally not a stiff industry party,” said OkayPlayer’s director of operations Vanessa Wruble. “That is not really Questlove’s thing.”

Big Daddy Kane and Questlove’s sister Donn T. were on the bill, and there was surprise guest: Wu Tang Clan’s Raekwon. The music was largely hip hop, with a few nods to the holiday season: Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens held a singalong to “Holly Jolly Christmas” and Valerie June sang “Winter Wonderland.”

Between acts, comedian Hannibal Buress provided hip hop-themed stand-up and his own parody rap songs. Although the event was technically private, OkayPlayer gave away 50 tickets to fans on its website.

Questlove founded OkayPlayer as a hip-hop music website in 1999. Over the years, it evolved into an online music magazine and eventually spawned OkayAfrica, a sister site that serves as a guide to African music and culture.

The site has news of its own this season: Ms. Wruble said they are working to rebrand both arms into one larger media and events company, and hope to make strides next year. In addition to premiering a handful of new video series, OkayPlayer will host 15 anniversary events including outdoor concerts in New York City and outposts at festivals such as South by Southwest and the Sundance Film Festival.
“It’s been a slow rollout, but things are finally bubbling,” she said. “2014 will be big.”

It will be big for Jamaican dance hall singer Mr. Vegas, too. He recently collaborated on a song with Beyoncé that is presumed to be on her forthcoming album.

Rawkwon has been making the rounds lately, appearing at film premieres and Miami’s Art Basel to promote his new single, “Soundboy Kill It,” out this week. His sixth solo album, “Fly International Luxurious Art,” is due in January.

Ms. Wruble said she didn’t know he was definitely going to show up until about an hour before the grand finale, but the Roots are tough to throw off kilter. With support from the band’s MC Black Thought, Raekwon rushed the stage and tore through songs such as “Ice Cream” and “Incarcerated Scarfaces,” throwing the audience into a frenzy.

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