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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.
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
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
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
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
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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