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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

Counting Down

The Roots Albums From Worst To Best

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…
Doug Levy | August 10, 2012 - 12:22 pm

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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 | 11:23 am

Watch Nintendo Composer Shigeru Miyamoto & The Roots Play The Super Mario Bros. Theme

Shigeru Miyamoto is the video game designer and producer who created Super Mario. Last night, he joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to chat…

Watch The Roots, Busta Rhymes, & Joell Ortiz Do Hamilton’s “My Shot” On The Tonight Show

Last week, Lin-Manuel Miranda released The Hamilton Mixtape, on which famous rap and pop stars took on the songs from Miranda's hit Broadway musical Hamilton
Tom Breihan | December 6, 2016 - 9:13 am

Watch Car Seat Headrest Play The Tonight Show With Members Of The Roots

In Teens Of Denial, Car Seat Headrest made one of the best indie rock albums of the year. And when you make one of the…
Tom Breihan | December 1, 2016 - 8:39 am

Watch Metallica, The Roots, & Jimmy Fallon Play “Enter Sandman” On Toy Instruments

We have officially reached the point where Metallica, the kings of '80s thrash, have become adorable. Tomorrow, Metallica will release their proudly old-school new album…
Tom Breihan | November 17, 2016 - 8:47 am

Watch Daveed Diggs & Black Thought Rap About Voting On Fallon

Back in spring, when he was still waiting to win his Tony for Hamilton, clipping. rapper Daveed Diggs showed off his fast-rap skills on The
Tom Breihan | November 8, 2016 - 9:28 am

Watch Alicia Keys Perform “Blended Family” With Young M.A & The Roots On Fallon

Alicia Keys just released her new album Here, and last night, she stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform her single "Blended
Peter Helman | November 5, 2016 - 11:19 am

The Roots – “My Shot (Rise Up Remix)” (Feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz, & Nate Ruess)

Yesterday, Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the details of The Hamilton Mixtape, the all-star tribute to his hit Broadway musical, which will feature a whole ton of…
Tom Breihan | November 4, 2016 - 9:43 am

Watch Phil Collins Sing His First Two Singles With The Roots

Phil Collins has been pretty active lately for a living legend at 65. Collins' memoir Not Dead Yet -- in which he called out Paul
Collin Robinson | October 26, 2016 - 10:20 am

The Roots Working On 17th Album Endgame

The legendary Roots crew have over two decades strong in the game, and they're still at it. It's a shame that some people only know…
Collin Robinson | October 19, 2016 - 4:46 pm

David Byrne Debuts Joan Of Arc Musical Songs At Roots Picnic NYC, Preps Neuroscience Exhibit

David Byrne has been busy lately. Yesterday, the Talking Heads frontman performed at the Roots Picnic in NYC, performing old Talking Heads songs and debuting…
Peter Helman | October 3, 2016 - 9:48 pm

Watch Ariana Grande Perform Bonus Track “Jason’s Song” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

Eight years ago, the Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown cast a young singer and actress named Ariana Grande in his musical 13. And earlier this…
Tom Breihan | September 20, 2016 - 9:22 am

Watch Ariana Grande Perform With The Roots And Rap Nicki Minaj’s Verse On The Tonight Show

Ariana Grande is one of Jimmy Fallon's best Tonight Show guests because when she participates in one of Fallon's goofy skits, they tend to be…
Chris DeVille | September 9, 2016 - 9:58 am

Watch Vince Staples Perform “Smile” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

Vince Staples released the great new EP Prima Donna last month. And last night, he was the musical guest on The Tonight Show, where he…
Tom Breihan | September 8, 2016 - 9:14 am

Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Beck, Death Cab Become Garbage Pail Kids

Summer may be on its way out the door, but Topps has decided to celebrate the waning music festival season with a whole mess of…
Peter Helman | August 29, 2016 - 7:50 pm
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