Right before releasing his album a week earlier than originally expected, Frank Ocean made his TV debut on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Ocean opted to play a never before heard track off the album called “Bad Religion” while being accompanied by The Roots.

De La Soul’s performance at Roots Picnic 2012 was definitely one of the highest, brightest highlights of a weekend of highlights. For those of us who grew up on De La and most likely had our concept of hip-hop (and overall mindstate) blown up to buhloone-like proportions, seeing them rock the crowd so perfectly in synch with their musical progeny–and now fellow-pioneers–The Roots was a family reunion of the greatest kind. Read More

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Saturday, June 2, 2012 marked the start of the two day Roots Picnic, now in its fifth year. Held at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA, the event featured performances from The Roots, De La Soul, Wale, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Danny Brown, Mr. MFN eXquire and many more. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from the event. All photos by Lucas Alvarado / Far Fetched Future.

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Yes, I know it’s not a hip-hop album, but it is worth mentioning that The Black Keys moved over 207,000 copies of their 7th studio album, El Camino. For those wondering, the Keys took second place on this week’s top 200 falling short of Michael Buble who has now sold an impressive 1.5 million copies of his Christmas album. The late Amy Winehouse also debuted on the charts this week with her posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which sold an estimated 114,000 copies. Despite critical acclaim, The Roots missed the top 10 with their latest gem, undun, as did T-Pain with his latest release rEVOLVEr. In other news, Mistah F.A.B. may be scrapping his backpack, as his latest installment pushed a meager 260 copies. For what it’s worth, the album sounds like some of his best work to date, but I guess most prefer his lyrics watered down. Check back next week for the results on Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa’s collaborative effort as well as the numbers on the debut from unlikely duo of Gucci Mane & V-Nasty.

 
 
The Black Keys “El Camino” – 207,087 (55% digital)

Amy Winehouse “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” – 114,000

The Roots “undun” – 48,407 (65% digital) [read review]

Robin Thicke “Love After War” – 41,943 (28% digital)

T-Pain “rEVOLVEr” – 33,802 (42% digital)

Mistah F.A.B. “I Found My Backpack 2: The Lost Notebooks” – 260 (93% digital)

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