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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 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-motio…
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

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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
Tom Breihan | March 3, 2014 - 12:38 pm
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