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Ed Sheeran Is The King Of Pop

The first track on Ed Sheeran’s new album is a rap song. This is not surprising given Sheeran’s fondness for hip-hop; the versatile English singer-songwriter…
Chris DeVille | March 2, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Essay

How The Roots Got Over

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,…
Chris DeVille | February 21, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Deconstructing

Deconstructing: Elvis Costello, The Roots, And Album-Length Team-Ups

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,…
Chris DeVille | September 18, 2013 - 10:39 am

More The Roots stories

Watch Lil Yachty Rap About 59 Simpsons Characters

Divisive Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty is practically already a cartoon character, and he's already publicly repped various old Nickelodeon properties, so it makes sense that…
Tom Breihan | June 16, 2017 - 8:51 am

Watch Rae Sremmurd & The Roots Perform “Swang” On The Tonight Show

Young rap energy-bombs Rae Sremmurd have a longstanding gift for turning album deep cuts into hits, even after their album has been out for nearly…
Tom Breihan | June 8, 2017 - 8:59 am

Watch Weezer & Todd Rundgren Play The Tonight Show

A couple of months ago, Weezer released the bright, falsetto-laden single "Feels Like Summer," a song with a bridge that includes whistling over ska. And…
Tom Breihan | May 16, 2017 - 9:13 am

Watch Dirty Projectors Play The Tonight Show With The Roots, D∆WN, & Tyondai Braxton

Dave Longstreth may have reinvented Dirty Projectors as a solo project on the new self-titled album, but that doesn't mean he's rolling solo these days.
Tom Breihan | May 11, 2017 - 8:52 am

Watch Mary J. Blige Sing The Hell Out Of “Love Yourself” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

Last Friday, soul legend Mary J. Blige released the tough, searing new album Strength Of A Woman. "Love Yourself," the album's lead single and opening…
Tom Breihan | May 2, 2017 - 10:14 am

Watch Big Boi Do “Mic Jack” On The Tonight Show With The Roots & Sleepy Brown

Last week, OutKast great Big Boi announced that he's got a new solo album called Boomiverse coming this summer, and he shared two new songs:…
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2017 - 9:57 am

Watch Alt-J & The Roots Play “In Cold Blood” On The Tonight Show

The tricky, implausibly huge UK rockers alt-J are coming out with the new album Relaxer this summer, and they were musical guests on The Tonight
Tom Breihan | April 19, 2017 - 9:30 am

Amazon Developing Two Children’s Series With The Roots

Amazon is getting into business with the Roots. The streamer is developing an animated children's series tentatively called South Street Sounds and a…

Watch Migos Join The Roots For A Pair Of Ridiculous Tonight Show Performances

Migos' weirdly mournful trap banger "T-Shirt," a single from their stellar new album Culture, might be my favorite song of 2017 thus far, and it…
Tom Breihan | March 24, 2017 - 9:12 am

Watch Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz Perform With The Roots, Play Password With Keri Russell & Aaron Paul On Fallon

2 Chainz and Gucci Mane are two of the most charming people in all of rap music, and they got a chance to show that…
Tom Breihan | February 28, 2017 - 9:56 am

Roots Picnic 2017 Lineup

After bringing their Roots Picnic festival to New York last fall, the Roots are returning to their old Philadelphia stomping grounds for the annual summer…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2017 - 11:04 am

Watch The Roots Perform NBA Musical The Evolution Of Greatness At All-Star Game

The Roots opened up this year's NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans with a star-studded production of an NBA-themed musical. Entitled The Evolution Of Greatness,…
Peter Helman | February 19, 2017 - 10:06 pm

Watch Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, & The Cast Of Sing Perform “Wonderful Christmastime” A Cappella

Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show has produced another fun a cappella one-off. Whereas last year Fallon got the cast of The Force Awakens to sing the
Chris DeVille | December 21, 2016 - 9:05 am

Watch Riz Ahmed Rap About Star Wars On The Tonight Show

Riz Ahmed is one hell of an actor, and later this year, he'll follow up his memorable star turn as Naz on The Night Of
Tom Breihan | December 8, 2016 - 11:23 am
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