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Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1 Turns 20

While blonde teenybopper prima donnas ruled MTV’s Total Request Live during the early 2000s, the era also ushered in a North Philadelphia-based R&B powerhouse who…
Jaelani Turner-Williams | July 17, 2020 - 11:00 am

The Week In Pop

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

Sounding Board

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

More The Roots stories

Black Thought – “Good Morning” (Feat. Pusha T, Killer Mike, & Swizz Beatz)

You already know that you want to hear three of the best, hardest rap veterans in the world on a song together. Black Thought, Pusha…
Tom Breihan | August 28, 2020 - 9:52 am

Malik B. Of The Roots Dead At 47

The Philadelphia rapper Malik Abdul Basit, who recorded as Malik B., has died. Basit was one of the founding members of the Roots, the long-running…
Tom Breihan | July 29, 2020 - 4:16 pm

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
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