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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 Elvis Costello And The Roots Cover Springsteen On Fallon

We're deep into Bruce Springsteen Week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, a five-night celebration of all things Boss that started with Springsteen himself rolling
Tom Breihan | March 2, 2012 - 10:06 am

Louis C.K., The Roots, The Make-Up To Play ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror New Jersey

You know who doesn’t play a whole lot of rock festivals? Louis C.K., that’s fucking who. In fact, the general-consensus greatest comedian in the world…
Tom Breihan | February 24, 2012 - 10:29 am

Watch Justin Vernon Play “Perth” With The Roots

?uestlove was throwing Twitter shots at Justin Vernon just a few months ago, but all that is long-buried. Last week, when he was in town…
Tom Breihan | February 9, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Nas Performs With The Roots On Fallon

Last night, Jimmy Fallon's Late Night show, in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, played host to rap legend Nas, who performed his blistering comeback single…
Tom Breihan | February 3, 2012 - 10:31 am

Obama Seeks Endorsements From Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend?

MTV reports that President Obama has “a wish list” of campaign supporters for his upcoming 2012 run for re-election and points to a document obtained…
Corban Goble | January 18, 2012 - 11:40 am

Questlove To Tina Fey: Why Can’t We Be Friends?

We’re outsourcing Where’s The Beef? today to Videogum to address ?uestlove’s critical comments on Tina Fey’s inability to bond with her Philly peers. Kelly, take…
Corban Goble | January 10, 2012 - 1:08 pm

The 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2011

Back in the day, when two artists didn’t like each other, they’d deal with it in relatively low-profile ways: A snippy backstage comment, or a…
Tom Breihan | December 29, 2011 - 10:19 am

The 10 Best Late Night TV Performances Of 2011

Our annual list of late night television's best performances has quickly become an annual exercise in big-upping Jimmy Fallon's music talent booker. Way to go,…
Amrit Singh | December 22, 2011 - 10:37 am

Rufus Wainwright Brings “Minuit, Chrétiens” To Fallon

On last night's episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Rufush Wainwright sang "Minuit, Chrétiens," the French version of the Christmas song "O Holy Night,"…
Tom Breihan | December 21, 2011 - 10:57 am

NBC Will Now Screen Roots’ Walk-in Music

One of the real joys in Jimmy Fallon’s late-night run has been the Roots’ choices of jokey, thematically appropriate walk-in songs for Fallon’s various celebrity…
Tom Breihan | December 8, 2011 - 12:25 pm

Roots Bring undun To Work

The Roots took a couple of undun tracks to their day job -- or night job, depending how you look at it -- including the…
Corban Goble | December 7, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Stream The Roots undun

The Roots have been building toward undun for a little over a month now, supplying weekly videos for undun tracks as well as sharing three
Corban Goble | November 29, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Jimmy Cliff Covers Rancid’s “Ruby Soho”

If you were a high school punk at any point in the 1990s, Rancid's "Ruby Soho" is a song that's running through your veins at…
Tom Breihan | November 29, 2011 - 3:57 pm

The Roots – “Redford”/”Possibility”/”Will To Power” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Roots' new album undun is a concept album about a man named Redford Stephens, and as it turns out, that particular concept comes from…
Tom Breihan | November 28, 2011 - 11:40 am

The Roots – “Sleep” Video

You'd think they'd slip on Thanksgiving week -- and nobody could blame them -- but the fact that the Roots came through with a video…
Corban Goble | November 22, 2011 - 12:56 pm

The Roots – “Stomp” (Feat. P.O.R.N.) Video

The Roots are rolling out a new video and track from their upcoming concept LP undun each Tuesday and this week's edition comes in the…
Corban Goble | November 16, 2011 - 9:29 am

Betty Wright & The Roots – “Grapes On A Vine” (Feat. Lil Wayne)

For her new album Betty Wright: The Movie, the '70s soul legend teams up with the Roots, whose ?uestlove co-wrote and co-produced the entire album.
Tom Breihan | November 10, 2011 - 3:52 pm

The Roots – “Tip The Scale” Video

In the buildup to the December release of the Roots' concept album, undun, the legendary rap collective is putting out a video every Tuesday at…
Corban Goble | November 8, 2011 - 4:48 pm

The Roots – “Make My” Video

In director Clifton Bell's video for the Roots' new single "Make My," one guy gets shot a whole fuckload of times, and that's pretty much…
Tom Breihan | November 4, 2011 - 4:03 pm

Watch Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon’s “History Of Rap” Part 3

Justin Timberlike returned to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to provide another "History Of Rap" medley, this time covering everything from Run DMC's "King Of…
Corban Goble | October 31, 2011 - 9:06 am
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