The Roots

Madonna attends WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards

Madonna Performs ‘Holiday’ With Fallon & The Roots on Children’s Instruments: Watch

Madonna is taking us all on a holiday with this cutesy version of her classic hit.


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The Roots Crafted a Rap Based on ‘Game of Thrones’: Watch

Warning: may cause sudden urge to poison someone.


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GZA, Tom Morello Bring ‘The Mexican’ to ‘Tonight Show’ Stage: Watch

Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA took the Tonight Show stage last night assisted by Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello for a performance of his new single, “The Mexican.”


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The Tupac & Outkast Collaboration The World Missed Out On

Oh, what could have been.


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One Direction Sit on the Floor with Jimmy Fallon: ‘This Is How We Always Hang Out’

One Direction return to the Tonight Show for a chat with Fallon while sitting…on the floor.


Questlove at GRAMMY Awards

Questlove Challenges Musicians to Write More Protest Songs

The drummer makes a plea for more songs that question what’s going on in the world in light of Ferguson, Eric Garner verdicts.


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Jimmy Fallon & the Roots Fill In for U2, Cover ‘Desire’: Watch

Meanwhile, U2 is planning U2-less videos of every track on their “Songs of Innocence” album.


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Meghan Trainor Brings Booty Back With a Little Help from Jimmy Fallon & The Roots: Watch

With kiddie instruments in hand, Trainor, Fallon and The Tonight Show band, The Roots put a cutesy spin on the sassy body empowerment anthem.


Ace Frehley performs with the Roots (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Watch Ace Frehley Jam with the Roots on ‘New York Groove’

Space Ace, promoting his upcoming album Space Invader, sat in with Questlove and co. last night on The Tonight Show.


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Questlove Remembers Robin Williams and the Two-Minute Moment That Meant The World To Him

With a photo of Williams from Mork & Mindy, The Roots drummer started his Instagram post by writing, “Man. The smallest gesture can mean the world to you. Robin Williams made such an impact on me and didn’t even know it.”


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St. Vincent Subbing for Fred Armisen on ‘Late Night’ Next Week

On Monday and Tuesday of next week, August 11 and 12, her holiness St. Vincent will start as bandleader on Late Night with Seth Meyers, as Fred Armisen apparently can’t work every single day of his life.


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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.


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

Richard Nichols, the man who transformed The Roots from a Philly act into a national TV mainstay as the house band for both Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night and Tonight Show, has died after a long battle with Leukemia. He was 56 years old.


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

For the first music video from their first concept album, director Dano Cerny has crafted The Roots a rather conceptual visual.


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Stream the Roots’ ‘And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’ in Full

The album, the band’s 11th, is a loose narrative concept record.


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Watch Future & Pusha T ‘Move That Dope’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

Dressed in all-white with a leather jacket and his signature shades, Future kept things simple, just letting his rhymes and Mike Will Made It’s beat do the talking.