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Roots News

The Roots announce new album featuring Joanna Newsom, Dirty Projectors and Monsters Of Folk

'How I Got Over' will be released on June 22

  • May 28, 2010

The Roots announce new album release date

'How I Got Over' set to come out on June 8

  • Mar 5, 2010

Roots man blogs from ambulance following tour bus crash

'We are sooo alive right now' says ?uestlove

  • Nov 20, 2008

Roots Manuva tests V Festival audience 'fitness'

Rapper teases Staffordshire crowd with biggest hit

  • Aug 17, 2008

The Roots announce UK dates

Grammy award winning hip-hoppers due here later this year

  • Jul 22, 2008

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Roots Music Videos

Saba Play Video


Extrait de l'album Foutou Sauce Graine, 200% succès de Côte d'Ivoire - Aboutou Roots on Espace Africa

Belief (Radio Edit) Play Video

Belief (Radio Edit)

Official music video for Belief by Arcane Roots

Walk Us UPTOWN Play Video


Watch the official Walk Us UPTOWN video by Elvis Costello And The Roots in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Dusted Play Video


Watch the official Dusted video by Leftfield;Roots Manuva in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Authentic Dubwise Play Video

Authentic Dubwise

Authentic Dubwise is track 02 from the single "Authentic Music" which is available on Tuff Scout.

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Roots Reviews

Roots  : London Camden Jazz Cafe

Roots : London Camden Jazz Cafe

Trust us: the full tour in March will be legend

  • Feb 4, 2003

Boston Avalon

This is more of a [b]Roots[/b] 'experience' than a [b]Roots[/b] concert...

  • Oct 6, 2000

London WC2 Astoria

[B]The Roots[/B] play to an audience which was theirs anyway, but which they bust several sweats to win over...

  • Mar 30, 1999

Things Fall Apart

Erudite, literate and keenly aware of their surroundings, Philadelphia's [B]The Roots[/B] have become an anomaly in hip-hop...

  • Feb 23, 1999

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Roots Biography

The Roots are an American Grammy Award-winning hip hop/neo soul band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots are known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments. Malik B., Leonard "Hub", and Josh Abrams were added to the band (formerly named "The Square Roots").

Since its first independent album-length release the band has released 10 studio albums, two EPs, two "collaboration" albums (with other artists), and also collaborated on recordings and in live shows with a wide variety of artists in many musical genres. The Roots served as the house band on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014, and in the same role (and accompanying show guest artists) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since 2014. The Roots' work has been consistently met with critical acclaim. About.com ranked the band #7 on its list of the 25 Best Hip-Hop Groups of All-Time, calling them "Hip-hop's first legitimate band."

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