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Questlove remembers the exact moment when the Roots became passé. In Mo’ Meta Blues, the memoir he published last year, the renowned drummer, bandleader, producer, DJ, and all-around music geek flashes back to the filming of Michel Gondry’s concert film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party in 2004:… More »

The first thing to understand about Wise Up Ghost is that it isn’t a vanity project. Yes, the new LP, released yesterday on Blue Note, is a full-length collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Roots. And yes, full-length collaborations between well-known artists sometimes end up as mere historical curiosities (Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s Best OfMore »

Since forming in Philadelphia 25 years ago (yes, it really has been that long), the Roots have become one of the most innovative, progressive, and influential acts in the history of hip-hop. Originally coming up in age where artists like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul helped define what the left-of-center end of… More »

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Watch Erykah Badu Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Last night, Erykah Badu sat in with the Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. During the episode, she performed a number of songs…
Peter Helman | November 21, 2015 - 5:50 pm

MSG John Lennon Tribute With Brandon Flowers, The Roots, Eric Church, & More To Air On AMC

John Lennon would have been 75 this year, and in honor of that anniversary, the Theater At Madison Square Garden will host an all-star tribute…
Chris DeVille | November 13, 2015 - 11:05 am

Freddie Gibbs – “Extradite” (Feat. Black Thought) & “Packages” (Feat. ManMan Savage)

Next month, the insanely gifted Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs will release the new album Shadow Of A Doubt. He only announced the album's existence…
Tom Breihan | November 11, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Watch Jimmy Fallon Induct The Roots Into The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk Of Fame

Less than two weeks ago, we saw Jimmy Fallon induct longtime friend and collaborator Justin Timberlake into the Memphis Music Hall Of Fame. Now, as…
Chris DeVille | October 27, 2015 - 3:08 pm

MusiCares’ Lionel Richie Tribute Lines Up Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan

Lionel Richie is the latest legacy artist to be honored with the MusiCares Person Of The Year award -- last year's was Bob Dylan --…
James Rettig | October 27, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Watch Talib Kweli & Rapsody Debut “Every Ghetto” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

Because the Roots are the house band, The Tonight Show is always going to be a safe space for graduates of the late-'90s underground-rap wave.
Tom Breihan | October 6, 2015 - 10:04 am

Watch Black Simon & Garfunkel Sing “Can’t Feel My Face” With White Garfunkel

On The Tonight Show, the Roots members ?uestlove and Captain Kirk Douglas have a recurring bit called Black Simon & Garfunkel. They dress in mock…
Tom Breihan | October 1, 2015 - 8:46 am

Watch Big Grams Perform “Fell In The Sun” With The Roots On Fallon

Big Grams is the supergroup formed by ATLien Big Boi and electropop duo Phantogram, and their debut self-titled EP is out today. Earlier this week…
Caitlin White | September 25, 2015 - 11:24 am

Watch Justin Bieber Perform “What Do You Mean” With The Roots, Take On ?uestlove In A Tonight Show Drum-Off

Last Friday, young lightning rod Justin Bieber dropped the graceful, sparkly, generally pretty great new single “What Do You Mean.” On Sunday night, he broke…
Tom Breihan | September 3, 2015 - 9:22 am

Watch Vince Staples Play The Tonight Show With Jhené Aiko & The Roots

The airy R&B singer Jhené Aiko is really the only famous guest on Vince Staples' excellent new album Summertime '06. And "Lemme Know," the track…
Tom Breihan | September 2, 2015 - 9:05 am

Watch A$AP Rocky Do “L$D” & “Jukebox Joints” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

A few weeks ago, A$AP Rocky released At.Long.Last.A$AP, one of 2015's great nighttime-driving albums. And last night, he made his first late-night TV appearance to…
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2015 - 8:38 am


Chris DeVille | June 4, 2015 - 6:27 pm

Dr. Dre – “2Nite” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jeremih)

Rumor has it that someone out there is sitting on a veritable treasure trove on unreleased rap tracks, just waiting for the right time to…
James Rettig | May 24, 2015 - 1:11 pm

Watch Janelle Monáe & Jidenna Do “Yoga” With The Roots On Fallon

A few years ago, Janelle Monáe teamed with the Roots to cover Jimi Hendrix on Jimmy Fallon's Late Night show. Monáe and the Roots have…
Tom Breihan | May 19, 2015 - 9:03 am

Watch Fetty Wap & The Roots Play “Trap Queen” On The Tonight Show

"Trap Queen," the single from the Paterson, New Jersey sing-rapper Fetty Wap, has had quite a journey, graduating from street hit to genuine crossover smash.
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2015 - 8:51 am

Game Theory Of Thrones: Watch The Roots Recap Last Season In Under Two Minutes

The next season of Game Of Thrones will be upon us in a little over a week's time, but it's admittedly kind of hard to…
James Rettig | April 2, 2015 - 5:44 pm

Roots Picnic Lineup 2015

Every summer, the Roots host their Roots Picnic festival in their Philadelphia hometown. This time around, as Billboard reports, the festival’s eighth incarnation will go…
Tom Breihan | March 10, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Watch Tobias Jesso Jr.’s TV Debut With The Roots On Fallon

L.A. singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. made his late-night television debut last night with an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. He performed "How Could You Babe" with…
James Rettig | February 27, 2015 - 8:48 am

Hear Charli XCX & Questlove’s Cover Of Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is In The Heart” In New Target Ad

Charli XCX and Questlove have teamed up for a cover of Deee-lite's '90s classic "Groove Is In The Heart" that's featured in a new ad…
James Rettig | February 15, 2015 - 6:38 pm

Watch Neil Young And Jimmy Fallon As Neil Young Perform “Old Man” On The Tonight Show

It had to happen eventually. Jimmy Fallon has been doing his eerily accurate Neil Young impression on late night TV for several years, often with…
Tom Breihan | February 4, 2015 - 9:01 am
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