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The Roots

Though popular success has largely eluded the Roots, the Philadelphia group showed the way for live rap, building on Stetsasonic's "hip-hop band" philosophy of the mid-'80s by focusing on live instrumentation at their concerts and in the studio. Though their album works have been inconsistent affairs, more intent on building grooves than pushing songs, the Roots' live shows are among the best in the business.

The Roots' focus on live music began back in 1987 when rapper Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) and drummer ?uestlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) became friends at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. Playing around school, on the sidewalk, and later at talent shows (with ?uestlove's drum kit backing Black Thought's rhymes), the pair began to earn money and hooked up with bassist Hub (Leon Hubbard) and rapper Malik B. Moving from the street to local clubs, the Roots became a highly tipped underground act around Philadelphia and New York. When they were invited to represent stateside hip-hop at a concert in Germany, the Roots recorded an album to sell at shows; the result, Organix, was released in 1993 on Remedy Records. With a music industry buzz surrounding their activities, the Roots entertained offers from several labels before signing with DGC that same year.

The Roots' first major-label /album, Do You Want More?!!!??!, was released in January 1995; forsaking usual hip-hop protocol, the album was produced without any samples or previously recorded material. It peaked just outside the Top 100, but was mostly ignored by fans of hip-hop. Instead, Do You Want More?!!!??! made more tracks in alternative circles, partly due to the Roots playing the second stage at Lollapalooza that summer. The band also journeyed to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Two of the guests on the album who had toured around with the band, human beatbox Rahzel the Godfather of Noyze -- previously a performer with Grandmaster Flash and LL Cool J -- and Scott Storch (later Kamal), became permanent members of the group.

Early in 1996, the Roots released Clones, the trailer single for their second album. It hit the rap Top Five, and created a good buzz for the album. The following September, Illadelph Halflife appeared and made number 21 on the album charts. Much like its predecessor, though, the Roots' second LP was a difficult listen. It made several very small concessions to mainstream rap -- the bandmembers sampled material that they had recorded earlier at jam sessions -- but failed to make a hit of their unique sound. The Roots' third album, 1999's Things Fall Apart, was easily their biggest critical and commercial success; The Roots Come Alive followed later that year.

The long-awaited Phrenology was released in late November 2002 amid rumors of the Roots losing interest in their label arrangements with MCA. In 2004, the band remedied the situation by creating the Okayplayer company. Named after their website, Okayplayer included a record label and a production/promotion company. The same year, the band held a series of jam sessions to give their next album a looser feel. The results were edited down to ten tracks and released as The Tipping Point in July of 2004. A 2004 concert from Manhattan's Webster Hall with special guests like Mobb Deep, Young Gunz, and Jean Grae was released in early 2005 as The Roots Present in both CD and DVD formats. Two volumes of the rarities-collecting Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots appeared at the end of the year.

A subsequent deal with Def Jam fostered a series of riveting, often grim sets, beginning with Game Theory (August 2006) and Rising Down (April 2008). In 2009, the group expanded its reach as the exceptionally versatile house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The new gig didn't slow their recording schedule; in 2010 alone, they released the sharp How I Got Over (June), as well as Wake Up! (September), where they backed John Legend on covers of socially relevant soul classics like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody" and Donny Hathaway's "Little Ghetto Boy." The next year, as they remained with Fallon, the Roots worked with Miami soul legend Betty Wright on November's Betty Wright: The Movie, and followed it weeks later with their 13th studio album, Undun.

Work on the group's next studio album was postponed as an unexpected duet album with Elvis Costello took priority for the group in 2013. Originally planned as a re-interpretation of Costello's songbook, the album Wise Up Ghost turned into a full-fledged collaboration and was greeted by positive reviews upon its September 2013 release on Blue Note. ~ John Bush & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Comments

nicko252008 so they are a great band and play on Jimmy Fallons show so that makes them sell outs. LOL you are a moron. You lost respect because of that. That means you never had any respect for there talent.
These vibes will live on
the roots are an awesome bunch of musicians.th e y are great on jimmy fallon,jimmy c
nicko252008
Great group, lots of classics. But playing on jimmy fallon is some sell out s**t. Lost mad respect from me when they did that.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
The need to come to OKC!
Your in my world like hip hop
I ♥ Black Thoughts! He's a great rapper!!!
REAL MUSIC
So much love for The Roots!!! Real artist...=)
One of the greatest bands ever!
the jimmy fallon cover band.
Classic
Real hop never dies
GO GET IT
Dope
Guess that's the roots for real
From the rooter to the totter all day
Y'all know who, Thought BLACk
Yea......... . . r o o t s crew
Such lyrically conscious cats. So well versed and determined to inspire... Love it!
forumtek
When are they going to be in NY?
forumtek
When are they going to be in NY?
forumtek
When are they going to be in NY?
forumtek
This is fantastic art!
forumtek
So relaxing
forumtek
When are they going to be in NY?
This is real hip hop!!, not that bull&$t they play on the radio nowadays.
Ex told me I f**k like the bassline...t h a t ' s some headstrong ish
black thought is the most slept on and under appreciated rapper
dirn2000
The Roots - You Got Me

Am I the only one who thought the hook said If you were worried back there, I've been a whore all summer LoL
Gotta love the roots
deedee_macke y
The Roots is THE ULTIMATE. .
Classic track!
so beautiful. jill scott = goddess.
acg20t
Dope ish
They have longevity. How many can say that?
classic
Black Thought is a really good rapper!
Love the bass sound! The Roots - real Philly cats . Me/ Ooow !
Condom queen ?
Unnecessary comment , too bad you couldn't put a condom over ya mouth ! Quest love and The Roots have been around for decades but Fallon gave them a huge opportunity and They most certainly have capitalized on it ... It was a win win because without question there the best band on Tv ... Stop all the hate ....
Jill Scott put it down on this track!!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
ughhh i looovveee the roots! they are from my hometown..Ph i l l y stand up!!
Philly goes way beyond cheese steaks
But....Jimmy Fallon's show helped to introduce the Roots to a greater (crossover) audience who probably had never heard of them before! Black Thought is such a great rapper!!
Define 'Popular Success. Pleeeez, the Roots did not need the white boy, Fallon, to become popular.
Popular success has largely eluded The Roots....? Really? Theyre Jimmy Fallon's house band, Quest Love has been on Chapelle's Show and theyre one of the hottest acts in hip hop since the mid 90s...Pandor a plays some great music but they really need to write better bios
Clones is one of the hardest songs.
asus10r
This s**t hot
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