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The Roots
The Roots

Background information
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genre(s) Hip-hop
Years active 1987—present
Label(s) Def Jam Recordings
Geffen Records
Interscope Records
Island Def Jam Music Group
MCA Records
DGC Records
Website Website
Black Thought
Kamal Gray
F. Knuckles
Captain Kirk Douglas
Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson
Owen Biddle
Former members
Ben Kenney
Kenyatta "Kid Crumbs" Warren
Josh "Rubberband" Abrams
Malik B.
Scott Storch
Martin Luther
Dice Raw

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The Roots Overview


The Roots is an American hip hop band formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are famed for beginning with a jazzy, eclectic approach to hip hop which still includes live instrumentals. Malik B., Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, and Josh Abrams were added to the band, originally called The Square Roots.

Wake Up! (2010) How I Got Over (2010) Rising Down (2008) Game Theory (2006) The Tipping Point (2004) Phrenology (2002) The Roots Come Alive (1999) The Legendary (1999) Things Fall Apart (1999) Illadelph Halflife (1996)

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Amy Winehouse Forms New Band With The Roots

July 2, 2010
Amy Winehouse has formed a new band with The Roots drummer ?uestlove. The singer will front the as-yet-unnamed group, which also features producer Raphael Saadiq.  Read more 

Julian Casablancas And The Roots Team Up For Christmas Performance

December 22, 2009
Julian Casablancas teamed up with The Roots to perform his cover of 'I Wish It Was Christmas Today' on US TV last night. The Strokes star was also joined for the performance by Jimmy Fallon, the show's host, and comedian Horatio Sanz.  Read more 

The Roots Survive Horrendous Double Decker Bus Crash

November 21, 2008
The Roots escaped unhurt on Wednesday night (November 19th) after their double-decker bus flipped onto its side after colliding with a van. The crash occurred on the outskirts of Paris where the group were due to support Kanye West.  Read more 

Gym Class Heroes Announce Co-Headlining Tour With The Roots

August 11, 2008
Gym Class Heroes have announced a co-headlining tour with hip-hop superstars The Roots and support from R&B singer Estelle. The tour kicks off October 3 in Baltimore, Maryland and wraps up on November 1 in Albany, New York.  Read more 

The Roots Drop Fall Out Boy Song From New Album

April 9, 2008
The Roots have dropped the song ‘Birthday Girl’, which features Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, from their new album ‘Rising Down’. Speaking to Billboard, drummer Ahmir Questlove said that the song was "sticking out like a sore thumb” on the album tracklisting.  Read more 

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