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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 the tightest clothes that any rapper has ever worn in public. He has a pink flag hanging out of his pants. The man is a street-rap star, and he i… More »

By: 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 it’s not much of a surprise that their latest music videos are conceptual allegory-type deals. They’ve already unveiled a stop-motion clip for “Understand.” And though the video for “Never,” the… More »

By: 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 learned the news that the two would stage a drum-off for charity on The Tonight Show. That drum-off happened last night, and massive credit is due to Will Ferrell for… More »

By: 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 group released their expansive, experimental new album …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. And they marked the occasion by doing double duty, as the show’s house band and as the… More »

By: 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 is so entertaining that the medium usually just sells itself, but creator Joe Baughman adds some thought-provoking imagery by emphasizing money and religious materials (collection plates, bibles, and communion wine)… More »

By: 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 free to turn their albums into art-rap excursions, which is exactly what they’re doing. Just like the band’s last album, 2011’s undun, their new …And Then You Shoot Your CousinMore »

By: 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 monster couch from the song’s Pee-wee’s Playhouse-inspired video. The Roots show up at the end. Watch a replay below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 10, 2014 - 10:13 am

The Roots – “Tomorrow”

The Roots will release their eleventh studio album And Then You Shoot Your Cousin next month. We’ve already heard “When The People Cheer” and now they’ve shared “Tomorrow,” featuring guest vocalist Raheem DeVaughn. Listen below. More »

By: James Rettig / April 26, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Watch Future, Pusha T & The Roots Perform “Move That Dope” On The Tonight Show

Move That Dope,” the burping, twitching Future/Pusha T/Pharrell/Casino posse cut from Future’s new album Honest, is easily my favorite single of the year, in any genre. And last night, Future and Pusha T appeared on The Tonight Show to perform a scaled-down version of the track with the Roots. (If you’re Jimmy Fallon, the song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 24, 2014 - 9:53 am

Watch Stevie Nicks And Jimmy Fallon (As Tom Petty) Recreate The “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” Video

This week The Tonight Show has booked talent from the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, which goes down in Brooklyn Thursday night. Stevie Nicks was Jimmy Fallon’s musical guest tonight; at the Rock Hall event she’ll pay tribute to Linda Rondstadt, who will not be attending because her Parkinson’s disease makes travel… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 10, 2014 - 12:22 am

Watch Nas, Q-Tip & The Roots Revisit Illmatic On The Tonight Show

Nas’s beyond-classic debut Illmatic turns 20 this year, and he’s celebrating by releasing a 20th-anniversary reissue and doing the album in full on tour. Last night, he appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s rebooted Tonight Show, performing the Illmatic track “One Love,” which Q-Tip produced, with Tip himself sitting by his side and playing hypeman. And ofMore »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2014 - 10:54 am

The Roots – “When The People Cheer”

In their capacity as the Tonight Show house band, the Roots don’t exactly need to keep making albums, but they’re doing it anyway. The long-running Philly group has just announced plans to release album number 11, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Like the last one, 2011’s undun, this one is a concept album about… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2014 - 8:49 am

Roots Picnic 2014 Lineup

The Roots are having a big year, having just been promoted from Late Night house band to Tonight Show house band. And now they’ve announced plans to bring their Roots Picnic festival back to Philadelphia for the seventh time. As usual, the Roots will headline, and they’ll also back up Snoop Dogg on a co-headlining… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 3, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Watch Rick Ross Play The Tonight Show With The Roots

The Devil Is A Lie,” Rick Ross’s new Jay Z collab, is a harder and more anthemic song than either Ross or Jay has any business making at this late-career date. And last night, appearing on Jimmy Fallon’s newly reinvisioned Tonight Show, Ross really did look like the biggest rap star in the world (eve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

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, 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 »

By: Chris DeVille / February 21, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Watch U2 Play Jimmy Fallon’s First Tonight Show

Last night was the night Jimmy Fallon finally wrested control of The Tonight Show from Jay Leno’s fierce, demonic clutches. And Fallon’s first musical guest on the show was a big one: U2, there to hype up their forthcoming as-yet-untitled album. The band played two songs, and they did both in notable fashion. For their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 18, 2014 - 8:51 am

Watch Justin Vernon & The Roots Play “Holocene” On Fallon

On Friday night, Justin Vernon sat in with the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, doing a short and funkily reworked version of Bon Iver’s “Woods” on the show. But as a treat for the live crowd, and for those of us currently watching stuff on the internet, the band also did a full… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Watch Justin Vernon Sit In With The Roots On Fallon

On Friday night, the guests on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon were David Beckham, Inside Comedy host David Steinberg, Busta Rhymes, and a whole mess of NFL players. But for many of us, the coolest guest on the show was the one quietly blending in with the Roots: Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, who i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2014 - 10:46 am

Watch ScHoolboy Q Play Fallon

ScHoolboy Q landed on our latest Best Songs Of The Week with “Break The Bank,” but it was another Oxymoron cut, the Chromatics-sampling “Man Of The Year,” that the Black Hippy rapper took to Late Night last night. Watch Q make his network television debut backed by the Roots below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 25, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Elvis Costello & The Roots – “Cinco Minutos Con Vos (Karriem Riggins Remix)”

Jazz drummer/hip-hop producer/occasional rapper Karriem Riggins released his 34 track album Alone/Together last year, and it is arguably one of the most memorable instrumental records of 2012. Riggins has produced for the Roots in the past, so it’s no surprise that he is featured on five of the seven tracks of the Black Friday Record… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 2, 2013 - 11:42 am
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