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Grammy Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots was formed in 1987 and has released a number of albums, though they are perhaps best-known as the house band for the TV show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots are known for a non-traditional hip-hop style... ... read more

The Roots Videos

The Roots - The Seed (2.0) ft. Cody ChesnuTT
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The Roots - The Seed (2.0) ft. Cody ChesnuTT 6,330,785 views
The Roots - You Got Me ft. Erykah Badu 5,532,015 views
The Roots - Clones 1,038,475 views
The Roots - Don't Say Nuthin' 1,124,534 views
Wake Up Everybody 2,343,510 views
Roots of Breakdance (Run DMC - It's Like That) 4,411,937 views
The Roots - You Got Me (Live) 735,796 views
The Roots "Don't Feel Right" trilogy video 937,408 views
The Roots - The Next Movement 2,668,960 views
The Roots - How I Got Over 1,589,931 views

The Roots Bio

The Roots

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots was formed in 1987 and has released a number of albums, though they are perhaps best-known as the house band for the TV show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

The Roots are known for a non-traditional hip-hop style in their music, regularly incorporating jazz, soul, live instruments, and other eclectic styles.

The band’s current members are Tariq Trotter, Ahmir Thompson, Malik B., Leonard Hubbard, Kamal Gray, F. Knuckles, Kirk Douglas, Damon Bryson, James Poysner, and Mark Keller.

The Roots have released nearly a dozen albums. Their 1996 album, Illadelph Halflife, was the first to make it into the Top 40 Billboard 200 charts, with the tracks “What They Do” and “Clones” both making it into the Top 5 rap charts.

Other albums include Things Fall Apart in 1999, which went gold and hit the number four slot on the Billboard 200. The track "You Got Me" from Things Fall Apart earned the group a Grammy that same year. The Roots went on to win three other Grammies from 10 nominations.

More recent albums include The Tipping Point (2004), Game Theory (2006), Rising Down (2008), How I Got Over (2010), and Undun (2011). Several of their songs and collaborative tracks have been featured in movies and TV shows.

The Roots User Comments

Skylar H. Feb 5, 2013
In addition to being a multi-talented group of musicians who brought a new flavor of live instrumentation to hip-hop, it needs to be mentioned that The Roots feature one of the most severely underrated MCs ever, Black Thought, whose lyrical performances will blow your mind, especially on the group's seminal albums Illadelph Halflife and Things Fall Apart. For me the Roots have always been the go-to group for those who say hip-hop isn't music. It's hard to not groove to the songs these guys put out, from the jazzier tunes to the hard-hitting tracks. An essential hip-hop group... I mean hip-hop band!
Sridevi R. Sep 6, 2012
The Seed (2.0) is such a great song to listen to driving through LA with your windows open.

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