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Things Fall Apart Turns 20

Many people only know the Roots as Jimmy Fallon’s band on The Tonight Show. While that should be a criminal offense, it exemplifies how underrated…
Collin Robinson | February 22, 2019 - 11:43 am

The Week In Pop

Twenty One Pilots May Not Be For You (Because They’re For Everyone)

In 2015, Twenty One Pilots were the biggest band you've never heard of. By the end of the following year, they were the biggest band,…
Chris DeVille | October 11, 2018 - 9:23 am

List

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors…
Scott Lapatine | October 4, 2017 - 12:39 pm

More The Roots stories

The Who Did One Of Those Classroom Instruments Videos With Jimmy Fallon

The Who, foundational UK rock-monsters and noted weed haters, have never been cute. That has never been their appeal. Instead, they've always been a primal-scream…
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2019 - 8:49 am

Roots Picnic 2019 Lineup

Every year, eternal rap treasures the Roots bring a whole lot of musical acts to their Philadelphia hometown. Usually, the lineup of the group's Roots
Tom Breihan | March 12, 2019 - 9:26 am

Mark Ronson, Haim, & The Roots Are Recording A “Hit Song” With Howard Stern

Howard Stern has long proclaimed himself to be the "King of All Media," but after reaching the top in radio, TV, the big screen and…
Gil Kaufman / Billboard | January 29, 2019 - 1:46 pm

Watch Bad Bunny Perform “Mía” With Jimmy Fallon In A Puerto Rican Parade

There's no real reason why every late-night musical performance has to look the same. Every once in a while, we'll see an artist who finds…
Tom Breihan | January 16, 2019 - 9:04 am

Watch Ariana Grande Sing “Imagine” Live For The First Time On Fallon

Ariana Grande loves going on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show. She does it all the time. It seems to be the place where Grande, currently probably…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2018 - 10:27 am

Stream Black Thought & Salaam Remi’s New EP Streams Of Thought Vol. 2

A few months ago, Black Thought, longtime lead rapper for the Roots, released his first proper solo project. On his EP Streams Of Thought Vol.
Tom Breihan | November 26, 2018 - 9:39 am

Watch John Prine Play The Tonight Show With The Roots & Jimmy Fallon

Earlier this year, the songwriting legend John Prine came back with the new album The Tree Of Forgiveness, on which he shows why so many…
Tom Breihan | October 30, 2018 - 9:12 am

Watch Lil Wayne Talk Tha Carter V, Perform “Dedicate” With The Roots On Fallon

During his long exile from his recording career, Lil Wayne became a frequent guest on sports talk shows, to the point where Skip Bayless now…
Tom Breihan | October 3, 2018 - 9:07 am

Watch Meek Mill Talk Prison Reform, Perform “Dangerous” On Fallon

Meek Mill has been playing a double role since he was released from prison back in April. He'd been in prison based on a pretty…
Tom Breihan | September 5, 2018 - 10:02 am

Black Thought Raps The Plot To The Jurassic Park Movies

Lately, the world has had plenty of chances to remember that the Roots' Black Thought is a god-level rapper. There was the incredible Funkmaster Flex
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2018 - 9:52 am

Stream Black Thought’s Solo Project Streams Of Thought Vol. 1

Black Thought has been a great rapper for many, many years. He's a founding member of the Roots, whose debut album Organix turns 25 this…
Tom Breihan | June 1, 2018 - 8:50 am

Watch Ariana Grande Sing “No Tears Left To Cry” With The Roots On Nintendo Labo Instruments

Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show has a regular segment in which Fallon, his house band the Roots, and whatever famous guest he has that night will…
Tom Breihan | May 15, 2018 - 9:40 am
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