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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 Kesha & The Roots Cover “House Of The Rising Sun” Backstage At The Tonight Show

Last week, to celebrate the release of her hard-fought new album Rainbow, Kesha went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to sing "Praying." And…
Peter Helman | August 17, 2017 - 9:31 pm

The Roots Executive Producing TV Show Based On Shea Serrano’s The Rap Yearbook

Shea Serrano's The Rap Yearbook is getting turned into a television series for AMC, per Variety. It'll be part of the channel's new AMC Visionaries
James Rettig | July 31, 2017 - 10:57 am

The Roots – “It Ain’t Fair”

Philadelphia natives the Roots have teamed up with New York City-based singer Bilal for the soundtrack of the forthcoming Kathryn Bigelow-directed film Detroit, about the…
Margaret Farrell | July 27, 2017 - 2:41 pm

Watch HAIM Play “Want You Back,” Dave Chappelle Do Freestylin’ With The Roots On The Tonight Show

Next Friday, the Southern California sister act HAIM will release their deeply impressive sophomore album Something To Tell You. And last night, they were the…
Tom Breihan | June 30, 2017 - 9:47 am

Watch Vince Staples Play The Tonight Show With Damon Albarn, Ray J, Kilo Kish, & The Roots

On Friday, Vince Staples released his excellent, techno-flavored new album Big Fish Theory. It's an album full of guest stars, many of whom help out…
Tom Breihan | June 27, 2017 - 9:04 am

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
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