- The Roots
The Roots performing in Toronto, Ontario on March 24, 2007.
Background information Also known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Genres Alternative hip hop, neo soul, soul, funk, alternative rock, jazz-rap Years active 1987–present Labels DGC, MCA, Interscope-Geffen-A&M, Def Jam Associated acts Soulquarians, Jill Scott, Martin Luther, Jaguar Wright Amel Larrieux, John Legend Dave Chappelle Website theroots.com Members Black Thought
Captain Kirk Douglas
Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson
Past members Kenyatta "Kid Crumbs" Warren
Josh "Rubberband" Abrams
The Roots is an American hip hop/neo soul band formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "?uestlove" 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.
The Roots released an independently produced debut album, Organix, in 1993. In 1995, with the label DGC Records, the band released Do You Want More?!!!??!. Two guest performers on Do You Want More?!!!??!, Rahzel and Scott Storch joined the group. Soon after, however, Storch left the band and was replaced by Kamal Gray. Their next album, Illadelph Halflife, was released in 1996. With Illadelph Halflife the band again gained members in Scratch and Dice Raw. The band's next album, Things Fall Apart, was a breakthrough album in that it was their first album to break the top 10 of the Billboard 200 (peaking at 4). Also in 1999, the band released an EP, The Legendary, and a live album titled The Roots Come Alive. Rahzel, Dice Raw, and Malik B. all parted from the band for differing reasons. In 2000, guitarist Ben Kenney joined The Roots and would stay with the band through their next album, Phrenology, before leaving to join rock band Incubus. After Phrenology, guest performer F. Knuckles became a permanent member and Captain Kirk Douglas replaced Kenney, while Scratch also decided to leave the group. The next album was 2004's The Tipping Point followed by Game Theory in 2006. During 2007, longtime member Leonard Hubbard decided to retire. He was replaced by Owen Biddle. Rising Down, the eighth studio album from The Roots, was released in 2008. Their next album, How I Got Over, was released on June 21, 2010. They announced in October 2011 that their next album (and first concept album), Undun, would be released on December 6, 2011.
They have collaborated with a wide range of artists from different genres, including John Legend, Roy Ayers and Cody Chesnutt. The Roots have generated a great deal of critical acclaim and influenced numerous rap and R&B acts. On March 2, 2009, The Roots became the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
- 1 Band history
- 2 Members
- 3 Touring and other work
- 4 Awards
- 5 Band members
- 6 Discography
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early history and Organix
The group's original lineup was formed when rapper Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) and drummer Questlove (Ahmir Thompson) became friends at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts around 1987. They began to do shows around Philadelphia and New York City with bassist Leonard "Hub" Hubbard and rapper Malik B. By 1991, Black Thought began attending Millersville University and established the line-up, under the collective name The Square Roots. In 1993, the Roots recorded an album Organix to promote at European concerts.
From the Ground Up EP
From the Ground Up is an EP released by The Roots in 1994. It was the group's first release on a major label, having recently been signed with Geffen Records.
Do You Want More?!!!??!
The Roots' first album for DGC, Do You Want More?!!!??!, was released in 1995. It was a moderate hit among alternative music fans due in part to the group's appearance at Lollapalooza. The band also performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival that year. Touring guests, beatboxer Rahzel and producer Scott Storch, joined the Roots.
The 1996 release Illadelph Halflife was the group's first album to crack the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart, spurred in part by MTV's airplay of the video for "What They Do" (a parody of rap video clichés) and "Clones," which was their first single to reach the top five on the rap charts. "What They Do" was also the group's first single to hit the Top 40 of Billboard's charts, reaching a peak of #34. While continuing on the path of live instrumentation, the album's sound was somewhat darker.
Things Fall Apart
The group released Things Fall Apart in 1999 (named after Things Fall Apart, a novel by Chinua Achebe, which in turn was named after a line from The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats). This was their breakthrough album, peaking at #4 on the Billboard 200 charts and earning a gold record, signifying U.S. sales of at least 500,000 units. Mos Def contributed to the track entitled "Double Trouble." The track "Act Two" features Afropean singer Zap Mama and Common. The track "You Got Me", a duet with R&B singer Erykah Badu and Eve and Jill Scott intended by Black Thought for the "unconscious" population, peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. At the 42nd Grammy Awards "You Got Me" won the award for Best Performance By A Duo Or Group and the album was nominated for Best Rap Album.
Steve Huey of the website allmusic perceived "a strong affinity for the neo-soul movement" in the album. First-time cameos on TFA for Philly natives Beanie Sigel and Eve helped to earn them major record deals later (with Roc-A-Fella and Ruff Ryders, respectively). After this album, Dice Raw left the collective to record his solo debut album Reclaiming the Dead. In the summer, the band performed at the Woodstock '99 concert in New York state.
Several members, including long time member Malik B., left the group. In December 2001, the Roots backed Jay-Z for his MTV Unplugged concert. With heightened popularity came mounting pressure. The Roots released Phrenology (named after the pseudoscience of Phrenology) in 2002. Despite not charting as high as Things Fall Apart, reaching a peak of #28 on the charts, Phrenology was commercially successful, eventually going gold, and earning a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. At the time, however, there came rumors that the Roots were losing interest in their signing with MCA.
During this time the band also backed Jay-Z for his 2003 farewell concert in Madison Square Garden, and appeared in the accompanying "Fade to Black" DVD.
The Tipping Point
After Phrenology, Ben Kenney and Scratch both left the group; Kenney joined the rock band Incubus. This culminated with the release of 2004's The Tipping Point, the byproduct of several jam sessions. The album earned two more Grammy nominations: one for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the track "Star" and another for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for the track "Don't Say Nuthin'." The Tipping Point peaked at #4 on the Billboard album chart. In 2005, Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide To Understanding The Roots, Volumes 1 & 2, a two-disc compilation album, was released. The Roots were among several performers on the 2006 film Dave Chappelle's Block Party, whose event took place on September 18, 2004 and was released on film two years later.
Game Theory was released August 29, 2006, on Def Jam records. Questlove describes the album as being very dark and reflective of the political state in America. The first single from the album, "Don't Feel Right", appeared on the internet in May 2006, and is available for free download on several web sites. Various guest appearances had been rumored, but Scratch magazine confirmed only two: Peedi Peedi and Malik B. The album's first video, titled "The Don't Feel Right Trilogy", premiered on August 21, 2006, and features three songs, "In the Music", "Here I Come" and "Don't Feel Right". It earned an 83 on Metacritic and 2 Grammy Nominations. The late J Dilla is honoured on different occasions throughout the album. Track 1 is credited to be "Supervised by J Dilla". Track 13 "Can't Stop This" is totally devoted to his persona, the first part being an edited version of a track ("Time : The Donut of the Heart") of his Donuts album, released three days before his death. This version comprises vocals by Black Thought. Secondly, a string of kindred artists reminisce about J Dilla in the form of answering machine messages.
In the weeks before the album's release, the original first single "Birthday Girl", a radio-friendly collaboration with Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump was removed from the album reportedly because it didn't fit in with the album's tone. It remained as a digital download available from iTunes as a bonus track, as well as on international releases.
Picking up where Game Theory left off, the album maintains a dark and political tone, with Black Thought and several guests venting about the ills of society today. The album's guests include Chrisette Michele, Common, Mos Def, Saigon, Styles P, Talib Kweli, and Wale; it also features Philly favorites Dice Raw, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Peedi Crakk, P.O.R.N., and Truck North, as well as former member Malik B. Rising Down features the Roots incorporating a more electronic and synth-heavy feel into their sound. Rising Down was released to critical acclaim, garnering an overall score of 80 on Metacritic.
How I Got Over
How I Got Over reflects the relief the band felt at the end of the Bush administration and the beginning of the Obama presidency. Guests include L.A. rapper Blu, Phonte of Little Brother and Patty Crash, whose song Serve This Royalty is covered on the album. Rather than relying on samples, the album was recorded live, with covers (including Celestial Blues, featuring the song's original artist, Andy Bey) being reinterpreted by the band. The album was released on June 22, 2010.
The Roots collaborated with R&B singer John Legend on the album Wake Up!. The album was released on September 21, 2010, and was publicized two days later with a live concert at Terminal 5 in New York City with John Legend and Jennifer Hudson that was streamed on YouTube. On October 30, 2010 The Roots and John Legend played live at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, D.C.
On February 10, 2011 The "Wake Up Radio" Mixtape was released. The mixtape is mixed by J.Period in conjunction with The Roots & John Legend. The mixtape features remixes of classic soul and R&B song, as well using different takes from songs used on "Wake Up" and "How I Got Over". The mixtape has new and old verses from hip hop legends such as Common, Blu, Dead Prez, Q-Tip, Rakim, Pete Rock, Kanye and (of course), Black Thought. Some classic soul artists used on mixtapes includes: James Brown, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin.
The Roots have announced their upcoming thirteenth album Undun, releasing via Def Jam Records on December 6th, 2011 . The first single "Make My" leaked on October 17, 2011.
The Roots' original lineup included Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (MC) and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (drums), who were classmates at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. As they began to play at school and on the streets, they added bassist Josh "The Rubberband" Abrams, who went on to form the jazz group The Josh Abrams Quartet. They later added another MC Malik Abdul Basit-Smart ("Malik B."), a new bassist, Leonard Nelson Hubbard ("Hub"), and keyboardist Scott Storch. MC Kenyatta "Kid Crumbs" Warren, was a part of the group for their first album, Organix, but did not appear on any later albums.Another MC, Dice Raw, joined on for cameos in later albums. The Roots filled Storch's position with keyboardist, Kamal Gray, who continues to be a member.
Beatboxer Rahzel was a member of the group from 1995 to 1999. Alongside Rahzel was vocal turntablist Scratch, who DJ'd for them during live concerts. However, he abruptly left in 2003. Malik B. left the group in 1999 due to drug problems but continued to record, making occasional cameos on future albums. Guitarist Ben Kenney, had a short stint with the group and contributed to their Phrenology album, but left to join Incubus as their bassist. A percussionist, F Knuckles, was added in 2002 and guitarist, Kirk Douglas (a.k.a. "Captain Kirk"), replaced Kenney. Martin Luther, a vocalist, toured with The Roots in 2003 and 2004 and contributed to the Tipping Point album. The group announced in August 2007, to the dismay of fans, that longtime bassist, Leonard Hubbard, was leaving the group. "One of our partners is leaving us tonight, ladies and gentlemen, Leonard Hubbard" (Black Thought @ moe.down 8/31/07).
The current members of The Roots are Black Thought (MC), Questlove (drums), Kamal (keyboard), Frank Knuckles (percussion) (also a former Protégé of Questlove), and Cap'n Kirk (guitar). Recently, they have toured with sousaphonist Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson and Game Theory producer and current bassist Owen Biddle. For their performances on the Jimmy Fallon show, keyboardist James Poyser contributes additional keyboards.
The band announced on August 25th, 2011 that Owen has left the band and will be replaced by Mark Kelley.
Because the band members hail from Philadelphia and its surrounding area, they showed their support for the Phillies during the 2009 World Series against the Yankees, displaying Phillies memorabilia when performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. On the episode which aired the day after the Yankees clinched the title, "Questlove" stated "No comment!" on the show's intro (when he usually states the episode number), and had a Yankees logo purposely displayed upside-down on his drumset. In 2010, the group showed support for the Flyers during their run to the Stanley Cup Final by having the team logo on their drumset.
Touring and other work
The band tours extensively, and their live sets are frequently hailed as the best in the genre. Recently, the band played a concert in NYC's Radio City Music Hall with Common, Nas, Talib Kweli and Big Daddy Kane. They also backed Jay-Z a third time, for his Reasonable Doubt Concert, a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the release of his first album.
In 1994, the Roots appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. The album, meant to raise awareness and funds in support of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the African American community, was heralded as "Album of the Year" by Time magazine. They have been highly involved in many other Red Hot Organization productions, including the 1998 album, Red Hot + Rhapsody and the 2001 album Red Hot + Indigo, a tribute to Duke Ellington.
The Roots have been featured in four movies: Dave Chappelle's Block Party, both performing album songs and playing as a backing band for other artists; Spike Lee's Bamboozled; Marc Levin's Brooklyn Babylon, in which Black Thought plays the protagonist, Solomon, and former band member Rahzel narrates; and Chasing Liberty, starring Mandy Moore. Black Thought and Questlove were both featured in the movie Brown Sugar. Black Thought also made an appearance in the film Love Rome as Tariq Trotter, and Questlove currently appears in the recent documentary movie about TBC Brass Band called From the Mouthpiece on Back, which lists The Roots as one of the executive producers of the movie.
The band guest performed on August 25 and 26 with the Dave Matthews Band during their 2007 summer tour. Members of The Roots played in various forms as well as a whole band on DMB's back to back concerts at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. In 2007 the band also performed at an NAACP tribute to Bono, covering U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)". Black Thought mixed in lines form the band's own "False Media."
The group hosts a highly-anticipated Jam Session every year the night before the Grammys. The Roots Jam Session, produced by Okayplayer, Goodtime Girl Entertainment and Keldof, has been attended by everyone from Jay-Z, Beyoncé Knowles and Tom Cruise to Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven and Prince with impromptu performances from Snoop Dogg and Corrine Bailey Rae to Queen Latifah, Matisyahu, Fall Out Boy and Dave Chappelle.
Billed as The Roots, Questlove, Kirk and Owen made an appearance on The Colbert Report on April 15, 2008 when Stephen Colbert spent a week in Philadelphia prior to the 2008 Pennsylvania Democratic primary. During the appearance, they performed the intro song to the show, and closed the episode with a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
The song "Here I Come" was featured in the movies Superbad and Hancock. "Here I Come" is also featured in many video games including Project Gotham Racing 4. The song "The Seed 2.0" featuring Cody ChesnuTT was featured in the movies Collateral and I Think I Love My Wife. The song "Don't Say Nuthin" was featured in the first season episode, "Busey And The Beach" of HBO's Entourage.
They have also performed on the popular kids show Yo Gabba Gabba, performing "Lovely, Love My Family" in 2008.
In March 2009, The Roots became the new official house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, with "Here I Come" as the show's theme.
The Roots host an annual all day music festival in Philadelphia, PA every June.
The Roots recently collaborated with John Legend on an album entitled Wake Up, which was released in September 2010. Inspired initially by the historic Presidential election campaign of 2008, 'Wake Up!' primarily revives soul and funk tracks from the late-Sixties and early-Seventies that boasted lyrical themes of change, hope and activism.
The Roots are currently working on their 13th studio album, titled Undun, which is due for late 2011.
- Grammy Awards
- 1999: Won for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "You Got Me" (featuring Erykah Badu and Eve)
- 2002: Nominated for Best Rap Album for Phrenology
- 2004: Nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Star"
- 2004: Nominated for Best Rap Performance By a Duo/Group for "Don't Say Nuthin'"
- 2007: Nominated for Best Rap Album for Game Theory
- 2007: Nominated for Best Rap Performance By a Duo/Group for "Don't Feel Right"
- 2011: Won for Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance for Shine
- 2011: Won for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Hang on in There" (with John Legend)
- 2011: Won for Best R&B Album for Wake Up!
- 2011: Nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Wake Up Everybody"
- 2011: Nominated for Best Rap Album for How I Got Over
- MTV Video Music Awards
- 2003: Nominated for MTV2 award for "The Seed 2.0"
- mtvU Woodie Awards
- 2004: Nominated for Road Woodie and Welcome Back Woodie
- BET Awards
- 2005: Nominated for Best Group
- 2009: Nominated for Best Group
- NAACP Image Awards
- 2005: Nominated for Outstanding Duo or Group
- 2007: Won for Outstanding Duo or Group
- 2011: Won for Outstanding Collaboration for Wake Up!
- 2011: Won for Outstanding Album for Wake Up!
- Named one of the "twenty greatest live acts in the world" by Rolling Stone, 2003
- Won a "Heroes Award" from the Philadelphia chapter of the Recording Academy, 2004
- First Hip-Hop group to perform at Lincoln Center in January, 2002
- Won Max Stevenson International Hip-Hop Award for Game Theory album, 2007
- Black Thought – MC (1987–present)
- Questlove – Drums (1987–present)
- Kamal Gray – Electronic keyboard (1995–present)
- F. Knuckles – Percussion (2002–present)
- Captain Kirk Douglas – Electric guitar (2003–present)
- Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson – Sousaphone (2007–present)
- James Poyser – Electronic keyboard
- Mark Kelley - Bass (2011-present)
- Former members
- Malik B. – MC (1987–1999)
- Kid Crumbs (Kenyatta Warren) – MC (1993)
- Rubberband (Josh Abrams) – Bass (1988–1990)
- Rahzel – Beatbox (1995–1999)
- Dice Raw – MC (1995–2000)
- Scott Storch – Electronic keyboard (1995)
- Ben Kenney – Electric guitar (2000–2003)
- Martin Luther – MC (2003–2004)
- Scratch – Beatbox (1998–2003)
- Leonard Hub Hubbard – Bass (1992–2007)
- Owen Biddle – Bass (2007–2011)
- Studio albums
- 1993: Organix!
- 1994: From the Ground Up (EP)
- 1995: Do You Want More?!!!??!
- 1996: Illadelph Halflife
- 1999: Things Fall Apart
- 1999: The Legendary (EP)
- 2002: Phrenology
- 2004: The Tipping Point
- 2006: Game Theory
- 2008: Rising Down
- 2010: How I Got Over
- 2010: Wake Up! (with John Legend)
- 2011: Undun
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- The Roots' official website
- The Roots at Allmusic
- Retrospective of The Roots @ DefJam
- Timeline The Roots Band of Brothers
- How I Got Over review at Cream
The Roots Black Thought · Captain Kirk Douglas · Damon "Tuba" Bryson · F. Knuckles · Kamal Gray · Mark Kelley · James Poyser · Questlove
Owen Biddle · Hub · Ben Kenney · Malik B. · Rahzel · Martin Luther · Dice Raw · Scratch · Scott Storch
Studio albums Live albumsThe Roots Come Alive (1999) · Jay-Z: Unplugged (2001) Extended playsFrom the Ground Up (1994) · The Legendary (1999) Songs"The Next Movement" (1999) · "You Got Me" (1999) · "The Seed (2.0)" (2002) "Wake Up Everybody" (2010) "Doin' It Again" (2011) Related articlesDiscography · Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Soulquarians The Roots · Bilal · Common · D'Angelo · Erykah Badu · J Dilla · James Poyser · Mos Def · Q-Tip · Talib Kweli Albums See also Late Night Late Night with David Letterman · Late Night with Conan O'Brien (episodes) · Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (episodes) Hosts Announcers/sidekicks Music SketchesDavid Letterman's sketches · Conan O'Brien's sketches · Jimmy Fallon's sketches See also
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