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The Roots

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The Roots are an American hip hop band formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots serve as the house band on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, having served in the same role on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014.

The Roots are known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip hop featuring live musical instruments and the group's work has consistently been met with critical acclaim. ThoughtCo 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."In addition to the band's music, several members of the Roots are involved in side projects, including record production, acting, and regularly serving as guests on other musicians' albums and live shows.

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August 22, 2022

The Big Climate Thing Festival Postponed to 2023

The climate change-minded festival was set to include performances by Haim, Sheryl Crow, The Roots and more.

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August 22, 2022

The Big Climate Thing Festival Postponed Until 2023

The Roots, HAIM, and Sheryl Crow were set to headline the climate advocacy event in mid-September

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August 12, 2022

Black Thought and Danger Mouse Drop Album 'Cheat Codes' f/ ASAP Rocky, MF Doom, and Run The Jewels

Black Thought of The Roots and Danger Mouse have shared their collaborative album 'Cheat Codes,' which features ASAP Rocky, MF Doom, and Run The Jewels.

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August 12, 2022

Black Thought and Danger Mouse’s ‘Cheat Codes’ Will Make Old-School Heads Feel Seen

The Roots rapper and super producer deliver lush beats and bring on some high-end guests. But Black Thought's genius sometimes gets a little buried in the mix

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August 12, 2022

Madonna says she’d love to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar: “His new record is history-making”

Madonna made the comment while appearing on 'The Tonight Show', where she also performed 'Music' on toy instruments with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon The post Madonna says she’d love to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar: “His new record is history-making” appeared first on NME.

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August 11, 2022

Madonna Joins Jimmy Fallon, The Roots to Perform ‘Music’ With Classroom Instruments

The pop singer also revealed her desire to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar

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August 11, 2022

Madonna and Jimmy Fallon Give the Gift of ‘Music’ on ‘Classroom Instruments’

The queen of pop and the prince of late-night TV came together Wednesday (Aug. 10) to give the gift of “Music”– performed on classroom instruments. Night owls scored a special rendition of “Music,” the title track from Madonna’s 2000 album, which she performed with Jimmy Fallon and his Tonight Show house band The Roots. In […]

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June 29, 2022

Haim, The Roots, The Flaming Lips, Sheryl Crow and more to play climate-themed music festival in New York

Other acts slated to play The Big Climate Thing Festival include Khruangbin, The Weather Station and Courtney Barnett The post Haim, The Roots, The Flaming Lips, Sheryl Crow and more to play climate-themed music festival in New York appeared first on NME.

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June 27, 2022

The Roots, Haim, and Sheryl Crow Announced for The Big Climate Thing Festival

The New York festival also features climate talks and performances from the Flaming Lips, the Weather Station, Khruangbin, and more

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June 20, 2022

Chaka Khan, The Roots, Earth Wind & Fire, Billy Porter, and More Celebrate Juneteenth at the Hollywood Bowl

The best photos from backstage, in the crowd, and onstage at a joyful evening of culture and history in Hollywood

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June 15, 2022

Afropunk Brooklyn 2022: The Roots, Burna Boy, Isaiah Rashad, Earl Sweatshirt, More

Tierra Whack, Bartees Strange, Freddie Gibbs, and others are also slated to perform

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June 14, 2022

Afropunk Festival Makes 2022 Return With The Roots, Burna Boy, Isaiah Rashad, Lucky Daye

Tierra Whack, Bbymutha, Earl Sweatshirt, Adekunle Gold, and more will perform at the in-person Brooklyn festival in September

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June 13, 2022

Eddie Vedder Adds ‘Encore’ Weekend to Ohana Fest with Alanis Morissette, Black Keys, Haim

Haim, Julieta Venegas, The Roots, and Band of Horses are among those on the new lineup

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June 2, 2022

Jhené Aiko, Questlove, Killer Mike and more to perform at Juneteenth concert

Mickey Guyton, Earth Wind & Fire and The Roots will also take the stage on June 19 The post Jhené Aiko, Questlove, Killer Mike and more to perform at Juneteenth concert appeared first on NME.

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April 25, 2022

Watch Pusha T perform ‘Dreamin Of The Past’ with The Roots

The song appears on T's new album 'It’s Almost Dry' The post Watch Pusha T perform ‘Dreamin Of The Past’ with The Roots appeared first on NME.

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April 22, 2022

Pusha T Links Up With The Roots for ‘Dreamin of the Past’ Performance on ‘Tonight Show’: Watch

With his closing remarks, Pusha, also known as King Push, was seemingly manifesting a Grammy win for his work.

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April 22, 2022

Pusha T Performs ‘Dreamin Of The Past’ With The Roots on ‘Fallon’

Rapper's appearance coincides with the release his first studio album in four years

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March 29, 2022

Questlove Says He ‘Wasn’t Aware’ of Will Smith’s Slap at the Oscars

The Roots frontman explained why he didn't know what happened until after he took the stage to accept his best documentary award.

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March 29, 2022

Michelle Obama Congratulates Questlove on ‘Summer of Soul’ Oscar Win: ‘Barack and I Were So Moved’

The Roots drummer told 'Tonight Show' boss Jimmy Fallon on Monday night that he was meditating until the moment before he won.

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March 28, 2022

Questlove Wins Oscar for ‘Summer of Soul’ Documentary

The Roots legend was overcome with emotion during his speech.

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March 8, 2022

The Roots, Mitski, the National to Headline Pitchfork Music Festival 2022

Indie publication's annual event will also feature Spiritualized, Earl Sweatshirt, Japanese Breakfast, Lucy Dacus, and Tierra Whack

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March 8, 2022

Mitski, The National & The Roots to Headline 2022 Pitchfork Festival

Pitchfork's signature Chicago music festival will return this July with additional performances from Japanese Breakfast, Lucy Dacus, Toro Y Moi and more.

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March 8, 2022

Pitchfork Music Festival 2022 Lineup and Dates Announced

Tickets on sale March 11 for Chicago fest taking place July 15-17, headlined by The National, Mitski, and The Roots

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February 15, 2022

The Roots Picnic 2022: Jazmine Sullivan, Mary J. Blige, Wizkid, and More

Kamasi Washington, Mickey Guyton, Serpentwithfeet, and others are also on the bill for the Philadelphia festival

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February 15, 2022

Diana Ross, Billie Eilish & More Announced for the Hollywood Bowl’s 100th Season

The Hollywood Bowl announces performances by Diana Ross, Billie Eilish & The Roots for its 100th season.

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February 15, 2022

The Roots Picnic Returns In-Person With Mary J. Blige, Wizkid, Kirk Franklin & More

The Roots Picnic is set to kick off at Philadelphia's Mann Center at Fairmount Park on June 4 and 5.

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February 8, 2022

Questlove Nominated for Best Original Documentary at 2022 Oscars

The Roots drummer is recognized for his directorial debut Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

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January 11, 2022

The Roots, Gregory Porter & More Slated for 2022 Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival

Formerly the Playboy Jazz Festival, the two-day fest will take place late July at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

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January 10, 2022

Black Thought: My Life in 20 Songs

The Roots' longtime MC digs back nearly 30 years to detail the behind-the-scenes stories behind the group's most indelible songs and deep cuts beloved by hardcore fans

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December 17, 2021

Leonard ‘Hub’ Hubbard, Longtime Bassist for The Roots, Dies at 62

Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, the former longtime bassist for The Roots, died after a long battle with cancer on Dec. 16 at the age of 62.

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Discs

Do You Want More?!!!??! (Deluxe Version)

June 25, 2021

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Lazy Afternoon (Alternate Version) / Silent Treatment (Street Mix)

February 5, 2021

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Silent Treatment (Street Mix)

January 22, 2021

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This Land (Remix) [From The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon] [feat. Black Thought]

January 24, 2020

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Feel It (You Got It)

November 22, 2019

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Black-ish – Juneteenth (Original Television Series Soundtrack)

September 29, 2017

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Wonderful Christmastime

September 22, 2017

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My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] [from The Hamilton Mixtape]

November 4, 2016

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Champion

May 27, 2016

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...and then you shoot your cousin

May 19, 2014

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Undun

December 2, 2011

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Betty Wright: The Movie

November 15, 2011

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Wake Up [Digital 45]

December 6, 2010

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Wake Up!

September 17, 2010

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How I Got Over

June 22, 2010

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Rising Down

April 28, 2008

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Marathon Man (Remix)

January 1, 2007

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Game Theory

August 29, 2006

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Pre-Game

January 1, 2006

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Game Theory Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)

January 1, 2006

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?uest vs. Knuckles (Edited Version)

January 1, 2005

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The Tipping Point

July 13, 2004

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Don't Say Nuthin

June 19, 2004

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Break You Off

January 1, 2002

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Phrenology

January 1, 2002

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The Roots Come Alive

November 2, 1999

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You Got Me (Drum & Bass Mix)

February 23, 1999

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We Got You (Extended Version) / You Got Me (Drum & Bass Mix)

February 23, 1999

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New Years @ Jay Dee's / We Got You (Extended Version) / You Got Me (Drum & Bass Mix)

February 23, 1999

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Things Fall Apart

February 23, 1999

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Things Fall Apart (Deluxe Edition)

February 23, 1999

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Illadelph Halflife

September 24, 1996

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Do You Want More?!!!??!

January 17, 1995

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From The Ground Up

April 5, 1994

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Deeper Roots

September 23, 1975

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