From The Roots' House to the White House

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(L-R)  Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter of the Roots attend the Wawa Welcome America! Concert Announcement at Philadelphia City Hall on April 12, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

From The Roots' House to the White House

The Roots push the culture forward while always representing hip-hop.

PUBLISHED ON : NOVEMBER 1, 2016 / 11:56 AM

  1. The Founders of The Roots Crew!
    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06:  Questlove and Black Thought of 'The Roots' attend "Hamilton" Broadway Opening Night at Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jenny Anderson/Getty Images)

    The Roots Crew was founded back in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, bringing something new to the Philadelphia music scene.

  2. Things Fall Apart
    (Photo:  Geffen Records)
    (Photo: Geffen Records)

    The crew had their breakthrough with the album Things Fall Apart back in 1999, which is named after the novel by Chinua Achebe. The album ended up making it to No. 4 on the Billboard charts. 

  3. Dice Raw Leaves The Group
    PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 31:  Dice Raw of The Roots visits the Reebok booth during The 7th Annual Roots Picnic at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing on May 31, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Reebok)
    (Photo: Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Reebok)

    After Dice decided to leave, The Roots, he went on to start his own indie label Raw Life Records, where he released his solo project The Greatest Rapper Never. He also signed prominent battle rapper Rone, who released an album under Raw Life Records titled The First Story.

  4. Phrenology
    (Photo: Geffen Records/MCA Records)
    (Photo: Geffen Records/MCA Records)

    Phrenology marked a new era for The Roots, with several members of the group, including Malik B., leaving. 

  5. Game Theory
    (Photo: Def Jam Recordings)
    (Photo: Def Jam Recordings)

    The Roots got political back in 2006 with the release of Game Theory. Black Thought described this album as being very reflective of the political landscape of the country at the time. 

  6. How I Got Over
    (Photo:  Def Jam Recordings)
    (Photo: Def Jam Recordings)

    The Roots' How I Get Over was the exhale we were all looking for. The album reflected the relief that we felt as we left the George W. Bush era and ushered in the Obama presidency. 

  7. The Roots Gave Us A Movie Too!
    (Photo: S-Curve Records)
    (Photo: S-Curve Records)

    The Roots put some respek on their album with Betty Wright. Back in 2011, they collaborated with the queen of soul on Betty Wright: The Movie.

  8. Undun Marks The Roots 13th Album
    (Photo: Def Jam Recordings)
    (Photo: Def Jam Recordings)

    The Roots released their 13th album, Undun, via Def Jam Records on December 6, 2011. The album told the story of a semi-fictional character's life. 

  9. They Showed Out At The White House!
    AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 23:  Drummer Questlove of The Roots performs onstage in support of Usher during the Formula 1 USGP at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2016 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
    (Photo: Rick Kern/WireImage)

    Questlove and The Roots Crew have had a lot of evolution over the years, but they've always provided hip-hop that moves the culture forward and breathes life into the city of Philadelphia.

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)


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