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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 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

Watch Joey Bada$$ Play The Tonight Show With BJ The Chicago Kid & The Roots

Right now, the Malia Obama selfie story is threatening to overwhelm everything else about Joey Bada$$, including the impending release of his debut album B4.DA.$$.
Tom Breihan | January 14, 2015 - 9:08 am

Watch Big K.R.I.T. Play The Tonight Show With Raphael Saadiq & The Roots

Last night, a whole lot of understated and laid-back rap and R&B craftsmen descended upon Rockefeller Plaza. Big K.R.I.T. was the musical guest on last…
Tom Breihan | January 6, 2015 - 9:24 am

Perry Farrell, The Roots, Beth Orton To Play NYC Talking Heads Tribute Concert

On March 23rd, an assortment of musicians will gather at Carnegie Hall to celebrate the work of David Byrne and the Talking Heads. The initial…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | December 16, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Watch iLoveMakonnen Perform “Tuesday” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

iLoveMakonnen made his TV debut last night on The Tonight Show with a performance of his runaway hit "Tuesday." He was accompanied by the Roots.
James Rettig | December 10, 2014 - 8:38 am

Watch Rae Sremmurd Play The Tonight Show With The Roots

The young Mississippi rap duo Rae Sremmurd, who should really consider changing their name, have already escaped the one-hit wonder trap. "No Type," their recent…
Tom Breihan | December 3, 2014 - 10:11 am

Watch Dej Loaf Play “Try Me” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

Detroit rapper Dej Loaf's "Try Me," a prettily sleepy half-sung cloud-rap song about being ready to kill someone, has been a slow-burning hit for months.
Tom Breihan | November 25, 2014 - 10:06 am

Watch Jimmy Fallon Impersonate Bono, Play “Desire” With The Roots In U2’s Absence

Last Sunday, U2 announced that they would be unable to able to play a weeklong residency on The Tonight Show after Bono suffered a cycling…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 18, 2014 - 11:05 am

Watch Daniel Radcliffe Rap The Shit Out Of Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics” On The Tonight Show

This must be late-'90s underground rap week. First, we've got El-P doing his best work ever with RTJ2, and Harry Potter's out here doing a…
Tom Breihan | October 29, 2014 - 8:50 am

Watch Lucinda Williams Play With The Roots On Fallon

Lucinda Williams was the musical guest on last night's Fallon, and the host called the singer-songwriter one of his favorites. She performed "Protection" off of…
James Rettig | October 1, 2014 - 9:36 am

Watch Public Enemy Do “Public Enemy No. 1″ With The Roots On Fallon

1987's "Public Enemy No. 1" was the first single from Long Island's Public Enemy. The group recorded the track before they got explicitly political, but…
Tom Breihan | September 17, 2014 - 9:43 am

Photos: Boston Calling

This past weekend brought the second Boston Calling Festival of 2014. This edition featured the Replacements, the National, and Lorde as the major headliners, along…
Miles Bowe | September 9, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Watch Jeezy & Future Dedicate “No Tears” To Joan Rivers On The Tonight Show

Joan Rivers was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, going all the way back to the mid-'60s Jack Paar era, and so the show…
Tom Breihan | September 5, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Watch A Pigtailed Young Thug Join T.I. & The Roots On The Tonight Show

First things first: Look at Young Thug. Look at him. He has his bleached pigtails done up in those Princess Leia buns. He is wearing…
Tom Breihan | August 8, 2014 - 9:24 am

The Roots – “Never” Video

The Roots' new album ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is a conceptual art-rap affair, made without any real concern for the marketplace, and so…
Tom Breihan | June 11, 2014 - 11:41 am

Watch Chad Smith & Will Ferrell’s Drum-Off, Red Hot Chili Peppers Play With The Roots On Fallon

Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith have long found themselves near the top of every celebrity-lookalike listicle, and last week, we…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2014 - 8:57 am

Watch The Roots Perform “Never” With A-Trak On The Tonight Show

It's not surprising, of course, that the Roots were on The Tonight Show last night. They're on The Tonight Show every night. But yesterday, the…
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2014 - 11:03 am

The Roots – “Understand” Video

The Roots recently released their new album ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin and now have a new stop-motion video for the track "Understand." Stop-motion…
Miles Bowe | May 16, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Stream The Roots …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

As house band on The Tonight Show, the Roots are in the odd position of having full and complete job security. That means they’re utterly…
Tom Breihan | May 13, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Watch tUnE-yArDs Perform “Water Fountain” On Fallon

tUnE-yArDs' Nikki Nack came out this week, and last night Merrill Garbus and crew stopped by The Tonight Show to perform "Water Fountain" with the…
Scott Lapatine | May 10, 2014 - 10:13 am
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