The Roots

Hip Hop Band

Formed in 1987 by rapper Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the nine-piece band from Philadelphia were originally named The Square Roots. Despite their revolving-door lineup, the group has released nine studio albums, including their latest How I Got Over, and collaborated with artists ranging from Jill Scott to Jay Z. In March 2009, the Grammy-winners became the house band on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. In 2012, Questlove announced that hip hop's legendary band was working on their 11th studio album, titled & Then You Shoot Your Cousin, which Black Thought confirmed would be released May 2014 via Twitter. Along with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots moved toThe Tonight Show in 2014. 

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The Score: Memorable Movie Soundtracks

These movies just wouldn't have been the same without the music.

Jay Z to Headline Global Citizen Festival

Hov, The Roots and more billed to take the stage in Central Park for the annual free concert.

Kanye West Gives Surprise Performance at Dave Chappelle Show

Kanyeezy hits the stage for comedian's first NYC run in over a decade.

Give the Drummer Some

A look at some influential percussionists in Black music, from Clyde Stubblefield to Sheila E. to Questo and Travis Barker.

Dave Chappelle Enlists Erykah Badu, The Roots for Radio City Music Hall Shows

Comedian commemorates 10th anniversary of his Block Party with a three-night gig at the NYC landmark.

The Rundown: The Roots, ...and then you shoot your cousin

A track-by-track look at the crew's eleventh album.
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