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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Bon Iver, ?uestlove Unhappy With Rolling Stone

Yesterday, we posted a fairly random and goofy list of Bon Iver's five favorite rap verses, which main man Justin Vernon had compiled for the…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2011 - 9:24 am
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The Roots – “Make My” (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.)

On the heels of an album announcement -- undun, a concept album about the life of a man named Redford Stephens is out 12/6 --…
Corban Goble | October 17, 2011 - 2:55 pm
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Pearl Jam – “Olé”

You knew Pearl Jam wasn't going to let their 20th anniversary nostalgia-fest end without breaking us off with some new shit, right? Last night, the…
Tom Breihan | September 9, 2011 - 9:24 am
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tUnE-yArDs Makes Late Night Debut On Fallon

You could see this tUnE-yArDs performance on Fallon with Questlove and Black Thought coming from a year-and-a-half away, when @Questo tweeted "omfg!!!!! watching tune-yards o…
Amrit Singh | August 2, 2011 - 10:29 am
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How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders
Scott Lapatine | July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am
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Scenes From Roots Picnic 2011

The 4th Annual Roots Picnic went down in Philadelphia on Saturday. Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding performed, as well as Little Dragon, Ariel Pink, Dismemberment Plan,…
jessica | June 6, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Odd Future’s Performance On Fallon Is A Thing You Absolutely Should Watch

NBC found its must-see TV last night, thanks to an intense four-minute appearance from a shock-tricked hip hop troupe of teenagers from Los Angeles. Honor…
Amrit Singh | February 17, 2011 - 12:32 pm
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Hear John Legend & The Roots’s Studio Version Of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up”

John Legend & The Roots released their covers album Wake Up! back in September. We posted live video of their Arcade Fire cover around the…
jessica | November 23, 2010 - 2:34 pm
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Video Of Elvis Costello On Colbert & Fallon, Video Of Elvis Costello’s Dad Singing In ’64

Elvis is busy in NYC right now, no surprise, the man tends toward a brisk pace of performance and productivity and NYC is the perfect…
Amrit Singh | November 5, 2010 - 3:08 pm

St. Vincent, Kid Cudi, Cage, Roots Do “Maniac” On Fallon

Kid Cudi packed the stage with lots of friends for "Maniac." St. Vincent did her sample -- from Actor's "The Strangers" live, while Cage sang/rapped…
jessica | November 4, 2010 - 10:29 am
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