The Roots

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Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea, Calls ‘Fancy’ the Song of the Summer

Questlove is speaking out in defense of Iggy Azalea’s brand of hip-hop and even calling her Charli XCX-assisted song “Fancy” a “game-changer” for the genre.

07/24/2014

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The Roots’ Longtime Manager and Producer, Richard Nichols, Passes Away at 56

He transformed the Roots from a Philly act into a national mainstay.

07/18/2014

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Watch the Roots’ Post-Apocalpytic Take on America in ‘Never’

For the first music video from their new concept album, the Roots have been crafted a rather conceptual visual from director Dano Cerny. The track is one of the more nihilistic on an already dark album and the video does not deviate.

06/11/2014

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Live: The Roots Debut ‘…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’ With NYC Performance Art Piece

Last night (May 13) at New York’s Public Theater, fans of The Roots gathered for a performance by the legendary hip-hop group showcasing their upcoming album, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, due out next Tuesday (May 19). But no one seemed to know exactly what the performance was going to be.

05/14/2014

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The Roots to Drop New Album, Hear First Single ‘When the People Cheer’

How do they do it? The Roots are Jimmy Fallon’s house band on “The Tonight Show” all week long and apparently have been keeping themselves occupied in the off hours with a new album.

04/08/2014

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The Roots, Snoop Dogg & Janelle Monáe to Headline 7th Annual Roots Picnic

The Roots are bringing out all their friends for their 7th annual Roots Picnic.

03/03/2014

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Robin Thicke Joins Jimmy Fallon & The Roots For Unique ‘Blurred Lines’ Rendition

When Robin Thicke was recording “Blurred Lines” last year it’s doubtful he ever envisioned the song to be played with instruments you’d likely see in an elementary school classroom. But last night on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ this is exactly what happened.

08/02/2013

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The Roots & Elvis Costello To Release Collaborative Album ‘Wise Up Ghost’

“We had 13 or 14 songs, but then we said, ‘Ooh! Wait a minute! Let’s replace four of these songs with four better songs!” Questlove said.

05/29/2013

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Questlove Goes ‘Meta’ In New Memoir

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the Roots co-founder, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon band leader, and harbinger of all things cool, is drumming up a new memoir called Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove. According […]

02/28/2013

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Frank Ocean In Six-Way Tie For Most GRAMMY Noms

He stands with Kanye West, Jay-Z, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, fun., and Mumford & Sons as the six artists who have six nominations each, topping all other artists.

12/06/2012

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