Roots Biography

The Roots are an American 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" Hubbard, 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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The Roots reveal album cover for 'And Then You Shoot Your Cousin'

The band have said previously the album will be another conceptual release

  • Apr 15, 2014

Questlove apologises for 'racist' Instagram posts

The Roots drummer seeks forgiveness via Facebook post and promises to do better in 2014

  • Dec 31, 2013

The Roots' ?uestlove writes heartfelt tribute to his closed fried chicken restaurant

The drummer quotes Shakespeare in ode to defunct Hybrid restaurant

  • Nov 7, 2013

The Roots' ?uestlove to teach classic albums course at NYU

Syllabus to include LPs by Led Zeppelin, Prince and Beastie Boys.

  • Oct 18, 2012

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Roots Music Videos

Holiday Jammin‘ Play Video

Holiday Jammin‘

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Holiday Jammin‘ Play Video

Holiday Jammin‘

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Never Play Video

Never

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Creation Play Video

Creation

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Mama Ethiopia Play Video

Mama Ethiopia

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Roots Reviews

The Roots - 'Redford'

The Roots - 'Redford'

A wickedly cacophonous four-piece movement

  • Dec 6, 2011

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