The Roots, also variously known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots and The Foundation, are an influential, Grammy-winning hip-hop band based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. Inspired by the "hip-hop band" concept pioneered by Stetsasonic, The Roots themselves have garnered critical acclaim and influenced later hip-hop and R&B acts.
The Roots' original lineup included Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (MC) and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (drums), who were classmates at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. As they began to play at school and on the streets, they added a bassist named Josh "The Rubberband" Abrams, who went on to form the jazz group The Josh Abrams Quartet. They later added another MC named Malik Abdul Basit-Smart ("Malik B."), a new bassist Leonard Nelson Hubbard ("Hub"), and a keyboardist named Scott Storch, who eventually became one of the most prominent rap...
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(LiveDaily.com) The third-annual Roots Picnic--featuring headliner Vampire Weekend [ tickets ]--is set for June 5 at Philadelphia's Penn's Landing pier, according to the band's Okayplayer website. Roots drummer Questlove also hinted in a Twitter video that the suriviving members of Run D.M.C.... continued
(LiveDaily.com) Grammy-winning R&B singer Van Hunt [ tickets ] probably has been polishing his chops as long as he can remember. Though he's yet to achieve household-name status, Hunt continues to bide his time, touring and performing alongside such A-list artists as Coldplay [ tickets ], Kanye... continued
(LiveDaily.com) The traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells [ tickets ] will return this summer with headliners Nas [ tickets ], Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley [ tickets ], The Roots [ tickets ] and Common [ tickets ] set to appear.... continued
(LiveDaily.com) The Roots [ tickets ], Above & Beyond, Chromeo and Goldie are among the acts who will appear at next month's Audiotistic [ tickets ] 2009 festival in Southern California.... continued
(LiveDaily.com) Public Enemy [ tickets ], TV on the Radio and The Black Keys [ tickets ] will be among the acts to join The Roots [ tickets ] June 6 at the second annual Roots Picnic at Philadelphia's Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, according to the event
(LiveDaily.com) R&B artist John Legend [ tickets ] will unleash new material on the road later this year when he takes "Evolver," his forthcoming studio set, out for a run of theater shows.... continued
(LiveDaily.com) Alt-hip-hop outfits Gym Class Heroes [ tickets ] and The Roots [ tickets ] have made plans to co-headline a North American fall tour.... continued
(LiveDaily.com) The Roots [ tickets ], Gnarls Barkley [ tickets ] and The Black Keys [ tickets ] are among the highlights on the remaining dates of the free Southern Comfort Music Experience tour.... continued
(LiveDaily.com) "Hard Candy," the latest album from pop icon Madonna [ tickets ], sold about 280,000 copies during its first week in stores, enough to claim the top slot on the latest chart.... continued
(LiveDaily.com) With a new album right around the corner, hip-hop trailblazers The Roots [ tickets ] have added a slew of dates to their North American tour, including a hometown festival gig in Philadelphia.... continued
(LiveDaily.com) The Roots [ tickets ], Gov't Mule [ tickets ] and Ziggy Marley [ tickets ] highlight initial lineups revealed for eight concerts set to take place around the nation in April to celebrate Earth Day [ tickets ].... continued
(LiveDaily.com) Hip-hop trailblazers The Roots [ tickets ] are getting ready to drop their 10th album and will support the set with a North American tour.... continued
(LiveDaily.com) Langerado, South Florida's six-year-old little-music-festival-that-could, may soon be ready to compete with summer's mega-size music events. That is, as soon as it overcomes a few growing pains and logistical problems.... continued
(LiveDaily.com) Radiohead [ tickets ] will grab top billing for two of three nights at New Jersey's All Points West [ tickets ] Music & Arts Festival, with Jack Johnson headlining the remaining date.... continued
(LiveDaily.com) Organizers of the sixth annual Langerado Music Festival have announced the lineup for the spring 2008 event, with R.E.M. and Beastie Boys heading a list of over 80 names.
Track listing: Dilltastic Vol Won(derful)False MediaGame Theory (feat. Malik B.)Don't Feel Right (feat. Maimouna Youssef)In the Music (feat. Malik B. & Porn)Take It There (feat. Wadud Ahmad)Baby (feat. John-John of Nouveau Riche)Here I Come (feat. Dice Raw of Nouveau Riche & Malik B.)Long Time (feat. Peedi Peedi & Bunny Sigler)Livin' in a New World (feat. John-John of Nouveau Riche)Clock With No Hands (feat. Mercedes Martinez of The Jazzyfatnastees)Atonement (feat. Jack Davey of J*Davey)Can't Stop This
Track listing: No Hometro/Proceed 2 (feat. Roy Ayers)Distortion to Static (Black Thought mix)What They DoThe Next MovementGood MusicThe Lesson (feat. Dice Raw)StarThe Hypnotic (feat. D Angelo)Silent TreatmentYou Got Me (feat. Jill Scott and Eve)Clones (feat. Mars and Dice Raw)What You Want (feat. Jaguar Wright)Act Too (Love of My Life) (feat. Common)Do You Want More?!!!??!It's Comin (feat. Elo A.K. a Myself and Aj Shine A.K.)Double Trouble (feat. Mos Def)
Track listing: Sacrifice (live on BBC Radio One's Worldwide Show With Giles Peterson)No AlibiEssaywhuman?!!!!! (Organix version)Break You Off (Dub/Sound Check at Bogart's Cincinnati, OH, 2003)Quicksand MillenniumPass the Popcorn (Revisited)Don't Say Nuthin' (remix)Adrenaline (feat. Dice Raw & Beanie Sigel)The Lesson, Part 3 (feat. Dice Raw & Jaguar Wright)Y'All Know WhoThought@workBoom!The Seed/Melting Pot/Web (live on BBC Radio One's Worldwide Show With Giles Peterson)Din Da Da
Track listing: I Don't CareDon't Say Nuthin'Boom!Duck Down!Why (What's Goin On?)Guns Are DrawnSomebody's Gotta Do ItStay CoolStar/PointroThe Web
Track listing: PhrentrowRock You!!!!!!!Sacrifice (feat. Nelly Furtado)Rolling With Heat (feat. Talib Kweli)WAOK (AY) RollcallThought @ WorkThe Seed (2.0) (feat. Cody Chesnutt)Break You Off (feat. Musiq)WaterQuillsPussy GaloreComplexity (feat. Jill Scott)[silence][silence]Something in the Way of Things (In Town)Rhymes and Ammo (feat. Talib Kweli) / Thirsty![silence]
Track listing: Act Won (Things Fall Apart)Table of Contents, Parts 1 & 2The Next MovementStep Into the RealmThe SparkDynamite!Without a DoubtAin't Sayin' Nothin' NewDouble TroubleAct Too (The Love of My Life) (feat. Common)100% DundeeDiedre vs. DiceAdrenaline!3rd Acts:? vs. Scratch 2... Electric BoogalooYou Got Me (feat. Erykah Badu)Don't See UsThe Return to Innocence LostAct Fore...The End?
Track listing: IntroPanic!!!!!It Just Don't Stop? Vs. Scratch (The Token DJ Cut)ClonesUniverse at War (feat. Common)Dave vs. UsThe Great PretenderThe HypnoticItal (The Universal Side)One ShineThe Adventures in WonderlandOutroSectionConcerto of the DesperadoPush Up Ya LighterRespond ReactEpisodesWhat They DoNo Alibi
Track listing: Intro/There's Something Goin' OnDistortion to StaticMellow My ManI Remain Calm? vs. RahzelDo You Want More?!!!??!What Goes On, Part 7Essaywhuman?!!!??!Swept AwayThe Lesson, Part 1The UnlockingYou Ain't FlyLazy AfternoonDatskatSilent TreatmentProceed
Track listing: The Roots Is Comin'Pass the PopcornThe Anti-CircleWriter's BlockGood Music (Prelude)Good MusicGritsLeonard I-VI'm Out DeahESSAWAMAH? (Live at the Soulshack)There's a RIOT Goin' OnPopcorn RevisitedPeaceCommon DustThe Session (Longest Posse Cut in History 12:43)Syreeta's Having My BabyCarryin' On