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20 Years Ago, Eminem’s “Stan” Predicted The Dark Side Of Modern Fandom

Eminem must have been trembling. It was 4 o'clock in the morning sometime last month, and he'd been awakened by a blaring alarm in his…
Chris DeVille | May 18, 2020 - 3:19 pm

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Grammys 2020: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

What a sad, fraught, fucked-up night of television. The week before this year's Grammy Awards, the show had already become a vast neon-lit symbol of…
Tom Breihan | January 27, 2020 - 12:05 pm

The Week In Pop

Madame X Is The Best Madonna Album In A Long Time

"Hey young people - you're getting older every second. It's what we do. One day someone will tell you to stop and you'll be all…
Chris DeVille | June 13, 2019 - 4:57 pm

More The Roots stories

Watch Megan Thee Stallion, Public Enemy & Nas, DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, More Perform At A Very Different BET Awards

The awards show is changing. When you can't put dozens of celebrities in the same room for a live telecast, things don't work the same…
Tom Breihan | June 29, 2020 - 9:38 am

Watch The Roots & Michelle Obama’s Virtual Roots Picnic Festival Feat. SZA, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, H.E.R., EarthGang, & More

The Roots' annual Roots Picnic music festival is going virtual this year, and they've partnered with Michelle Obama and her When We All Vote organization…
Peter Helman | June 27, 2020 - 8:01 pm

Together At Home Highlights: Watch Billie Eilish, Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, & More

Yesterday was the One World: Together At Home concert, which was organized by Global Citizen and Lady Gaga as a fundraiser to support the World…
James Rettig | April 19, 2020 - 10:19 am

Watch Black Thought Debut Three Songs In Tiny Desk Concert

For the past few weeks, The Tonight Show has moved to something that Jimmy Fallon films in his own apartment, and the members of Fallon's…
Tom Breihan | April 9, 2020 - 1:48 pm

Philadelphia Street Named After The Roots

The Roots have been a Philadelphia institution for decades. ?uestlove and Black Thought, the two original members who are still in the band, formed the…
Tom Breihan | February 24, 2020 - 11:43 am

Watch A Deranged-Looking Lil Wayne Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Lil Wayne wore the following things when he was the musical guest on The Tonight Show last night: A red beret with spikes sticking out…
Tom Breihan | February 6, 2020 - 8:54 am

Watch Gucci Mane Perform With The Roots On The Tonight Show

Nothing should surprise us anymore, but the enduring mainstream success of Gucci Mane remains pretty baffling. Just a few years ago, Gucci couldn't stop arrested.
Tom Breihan | November 8, 2019 - 10:03 am

Watch EarthGang Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Back in September, about an hour after they released their debut album Mirrorland, I watched the Atlanta rap duo EarthGang play a sweaty, energetic set…
Tom Breihan | November 5, 2019 - 9:59 am

Watch Wilco Play “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)” On Seth Meyers

There's something almost anti-glamorous about the way Wilco handle late-night TV performances. Other artists treat televised performances as make-or-break events, and they do everything they…
Tom Breihan | November 5, 2019 - 8:51 am

Watch Angel Olsen Sing A Goosebump-Inducing “All Mirrors” With An Orchestra On Fallon

Today, Angel Olsen releases All Mirrors, her absolute stunner of a new album. It's one of 2019's best. Last night, she gave the LP a…
Tom Breihan | October 4, 2019 - 9:09 am

Watch Robbie Robertson & The Roots Play “Let Love Reign” On Fallon

Before last night, Robbie Robertson, longtime frontman of the Band and general all-around rock legend, hadn't played on a late-night show in about eight years.
Tom Breihan | October 3, 2019 - 11:15 am

Watch DaBaby Put On A Hell Of A Fallon Performance With The Roots

A couple of weeks ago, the currently-exploding Charlotte rap star DaBaby made the absolute most of a few seconds of screen time on The Tonight
Tom Breihan | October 1, 2019 - 10:01 am

Watch Mark Ronson Join Forces With Yebba & The Roots, Participate In A Comedy Bit On Fallon

Mark Ronson has been doing another round of promo for Late Night Feelings, the great breakup album he released earlier this year. He's been bringing…
Chris DeVille | September 25, 2019 - 9:45 am
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