Watch Alicia Keys Bring Out Jay Z During Surprise Times Square Concert

Two days after performing with Beyoncé at the final Formation World Tour date, Jay Z joined Alicia Keys on stage for "Empire State of Mind"
Taylor Berman / October 10, 2016

Did the Roots Sneak in a Dig at Donald Trump on Fallon Last Night?

Last night, Jimmy Fallon fuzzled Donald Trump's hair on TV like an attention-starved child who'd just met a giant, racist Pomeranian. House band the Roots were just across…
Anna Gaca / September 16, 2016

The Roots’ New Song ‘Bittersweet’ Will Change Your Perception of Reality, Supposedly

The Roots took a break from their long-running gig at The Tonight Show to make music you can taste. Today, the band released two versions of their…
Brian Josephs / August 3, 2016

The Roots, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, and More Honor Prince at the BET Awards

The BET Awards marked the late Prince tonight, with tributes from the Roots, Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, Jennifer Hudson, Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Bilal, and…
Anna Gaca / June 27, 2016

Musicians and Artists Mourn Prince’s Death on Twitter

Update: Sheila E. has issued a brief statement on Prince's death. My heart is broken. There are no words. I love you!
Anna Gaca / April 21, 2016

?uestlove Remembers How Phife Dawg Changed His Life

As word spread of Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor's death late last night, tributes to the late A Tribe Called Quest rapper came pouring in. ?uestlove posted…
Anna Gaca / March 23, 2016

Listen to ?uestlove and Carrie Brownstein Talk ‘Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl’

Shortly after the release of her memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein participated in the latest edition of the Talkhouse Music…
Rachel Brodsky / November 4, 2015

Hear Icona Pop and ?uestlove’s Cover of Nu Shooz’s ‘I Can’t Wait’

If you own a TV or a computer and regularly watch commercials, chances are you've already seen Target's new "Plaid" ad campaign, which is soundtracked…
Rachel Brodsky / October 16, 2015

Black Simon and Garfunkel Did ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ With the Actual Art Garfunkel

Black Simon and Garfunkel — that'd be ?uestlove and Captain Kirk Douglas of the Roots — rejoined forces on last night's episode of The Tonight Show to…
Brennan Carley / October 1, 2015

Q&A: ?uestlove Talks Philly’s Eighth Annual Roots Picnic Festival

A man who truly needs no introduction, Philly-born 44-year-old Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson is one of the most famous drummers in the world and certainly the…
Dan Weiss / May 12, 2015

Instagram Unveils Music Channel @Music

Instagram has revealed @music, a channel devoted to — you guessed it — music. "For the past four years, we have become the home for artists…
Harley Brown / April 29, 2015

Watch the Roots ‘Shake It Off’ as ‘Black Simon and Garfunkel’

Black Simon and Garfunkel are probably Jimmy Fallon's favorite band, if only because the duo consists of Roots' musicians "Captain" Kirk Douglas and the brilliantly…
Brennan Carley / October 2, 2014

?uestlove Recounts an Unforgettable Elevator Ride With Robin Williams

As news spread of Robin Williams' apparent suicide Monday night, a number of appreciations of his work and life began to pop up across the…
Colin Joyce / August 12, 2014

Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy,’ the ‘Song of the Summer’

With Saul Williams claiming that Tupac musicals are doomed to fail in a society that supoprts Iggy Azalea, the controversy surrounding the Southern-sounding rapper from Australia…
Olivia Forman / July 23, 2014

The Roots Brew American Terror and Heartbreak in ‘Never’ Video

The Roots have released a visual rendering of the message behind "Never," which furthers their recent descent into dark themes of American desolation. Their new album,…
Olivia Forman / June 11, 2014
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