The Roots

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.

12/04/2014

Jimmy Fallon (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

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.

11/18/2014

(Courtesy of Epic Records)

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.

09/05/2014

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.

08/13/2014

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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.”

08/12/2014

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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.

08/06/2014

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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

(Ben Watts for Def Jam Records)

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.

07/18/2014

(Ben Watts for Def Jam Records)

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.

06/11/2014

(Ben Watts for Def Jam Records)

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

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

05/13/2014

(Courtesy of Epic Records)

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.

04/24/2014

(Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)

Lorde, The National, Nas & The Replacements To Play Boston Calling

Other acts performing at the festival, which was co-curated by The National’s Aaron Dessner, are Neutral Milk Hotel, Childish Gambino, Girl Talk, The War on Drugs, The Hold Steady, Future Islands and Sky Ferreira.

04/23/2014

(Ben Watts for Def Jam Records)

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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Watch Idina Menzel, The Roots & Jimmy Fallon Perform ‘Let It Go’ from ‘Frozen’

Idina Menzel rocked everybody’s socks off with her performance of “Let It Go” at the Oscars, but last night (March 2) the Frozen star found a new way to perform the Disney hit, complete with kiddie instruments.

03/04/2014

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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

(Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Watch Barry Gibb Perform with The Roots on ‘Fallon’

Gibb—introduced by Fallon as Barry effin’ Gibb— showed that even after more than 50 years, he can still hit those high notes with no problem.

01/28/2014

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