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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

More The Roots stories

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

The Roots – “Bittersweet”

These days, the Roots, in their capacity as Tonight Show house band, are busy enough that they are not going to come out with a…
Tom Breihan | August 3, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Watch ASAP Mob & The Roots Do “Yamborghini High” On The Tonight Show

Yesterday, A$AP Rocky was in the news for saying some really, really stupid stuff in an interview. So it's nice to be writing about him…
Tom Breihan | July 21, 2016 - 10:20 am

Watch BET Awards’ Prince Tributes From Erykah Badu & The Roots, Stevie Wonder & Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monáe, Bilal, Maxwell, & Sheila E.

Tonight's BET Awards ceremony in Los Angeles honored the late Prince with a whole series of tribute performances. (You may remember last month when the…
Peter Helman | June 26, 2016 - 11:45 pm

Watch President Obama Slow Jam The News With The Roots, Madonna Sing “Borderline” On The Tonight Show

Last night's episode of The Tonight Show was a bit one. Barack Obama made what will presumably be his final appearance on the show, at…
Tom Breihan | June 10, 2016 - 8:50 am

The Roots Announce NYC Edition Of Roots Picnic With D’Angelo, John Mayer, Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne, Nile Rodgers

For the past eight years, the Roots have brought their Roots Picnic festival to their Philadelphia hometown. And for the first time ever, as Billboard
Tom Breihan | June 6, 2016 - 10:53 am

The Roots – “Champion”

We don't yet know which teams will be playing in the NBA Finals; both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals have been surprisingly competitive. But…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2016 - 10:58 am

Watch The Lonely Island And Jimmy Fallon Play “I’m On A Boat” With Classroom Instruments

The Lonely Island have been in full promo mode for months for their film Popstar: Never Stop Popping, out in June. The comedy pop-hop trio…
Collin Robinson | May 17, 2016 - 10:34 am

Jamila Woods – “Heavn”

If the name Jamila Woods rings a bell, that's because she's the soulful voice featured on Chance The Rapper's "Sunday Candy" and "Blessings" (and, less…
James Rettig | May 11, 2016 - 4:10 pm

Watch The Roots’ Black Thought Rap His Game Of Thrones Recap On The Tonight Show

In the past few years, the TV-show recap has grown into an industry in itself, and Game Of Thrones remains the most recappable show in…
Tom Breihan | April 28, 2016 - 9:28 am

Watch David Byrne, The Roots, & Kimbra Cover David Bowie At Rock Hall Ceremony

The 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is going down at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn tonight, and the whole thing kicked…
Peter Helman | April 8, 2016 - 9:43 pm

Watch A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, D’Angelo, André 3000, & More Pay Tribute To Phife Dawg In NYC

Last night, a week and a half after the passing of the beloved Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg, a number of musical luminaries gathered…
Tom Breihan | April 6, 2016 - 9:04 am

The Roots Drop Out Of Bowie Tribute Shows Because Of Producers’ Bitchassness

The Roots were supposed to perform at both of the all-star David Bowie tribute concerts at NYC's Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall this…
Peter Helman | March 30, 2016 - 9:18 pm

Watch Zayn Debut “It’s You” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

A few weeks ago, the former One Direction singer Zayn Malik released "Pillowtalk," his debut single. It immediately went to #1 on the US charts…
Tom Breihan | February 18, 2016 - 8:46 am

Watch Dave Grohl, Rihanna, Chris Stapleton, & More Cover Lionel Richie At MusiCares’ Person Of The Year Tribute

Lionel Richie was named the 2016 MusiCares Person Of The Year at a pre-Grammys gala in LA last night. Hosted by Jimmmy Kimmel in an…
Peter Helman | February 14, 2016 - 12:55 pm

Roots Picnic 2016 Lineup

The Roots have been brining their very own Roots Picnic festival to their Philadelphia hometown every year since 2008, and they just announced the lineup…
Tom Breihan | February 2, 2016 - 11:18 am

Former Roots Bassist Sues Questlove & Black Thought

Former Roots bassist Leonard "Hub" Hubbard has filed a lawsuit against Questlove, Black Thought, and the band's manager, claiming that he was cut out of…
James Rettig | January 28, 2016 - 11:30 am
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