Posts tagged "the roots"

The Roots Picnic 2015 Lineup: Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, the Weeknd, and More

Every year, Philadelphia native sons the Roots return to the City of Brotherly Love for their star-studded Roots Picnic, which'll be held on May 30…
By: Brennan Carley / March 10, 2015

Jimmy Fallon and the Roots Fill in for U2 With ‘Desire’ Cover

Yesterday, it was announced that U2's planned residency on the Tonight Show this week had been cancelled, due to Bono enduring a "cycling spill…
By: Andrew Unterberger / November 18, 2014

Nas Revisited ‘N.Y. State of Mind’ With the Roots on ‘Fallon’

After performing with the Roots at last month's Boston Calling Festival, Nas once again joined the band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last…
By: James Grebey / October 8, 2014

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…
By: Brennan Carley / October 2, 2014

Public Enemy Tore Up the ‘Tonight Show’ With the Roots

Jimmy Fallon's musical director needs to get a raise, because the acts he's been booking for the comedian's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon have been nothing short…
By: Brennan Carley / September 17, 2014

Meghan Trainor, Jimmy Fallon, and the Roots Perform ‘All About That Bass’ With Toys

On top of being a big part of The Summer of Ass, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" has made it so far into…
By: Dan Reilly / September 5, 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 acro…
By: Colin Joyce / August 12, 2014

Jay Z to Headline Cause-Driven Global Citizen Festival

We saw Jay Z keep the peace with Nas at Coachella earlier this year, performing onstage with his once rival. Now the Brooklyn native…
By: Colin Stutz / July 10, 2014

The Roots Battled Boyz II Men in High School Talent Shows

Picture, if you will, the Roots and Boyz II Men as teenagers in the late '80s, together at the Philadelphia High School for the…
By: Olivia Forman / June 27, 2014

Watch the Roots’ Black Thought Perform a ‘Harry Potter’ Rap

Just yesterday we commended the Roots for having a top-notch sense of humor to go along with their expert musicianship, after they joined Jimmy Fallo…
By: Dan Reilly / June 19, 2014

Watch Jimmy Fallon, the Roots, and E.T. Relive the ’80s on ‘Dance Avenue’

Time and time again, the Roots prove that they have a tremendous sense of humor on The Tonight Show, yet somehow it's still surprising…
By: Dan Reilly / June 18, 2014

Watch Dave Chappelle Talk Prince, Meeting Kanye on ‘The Tonight Show’

Based on last week's interview on Letterman, it seemed that Dave Chappelle's return might mark a mystical version of the performer, content to…
By: Colin Joyce / June 14, 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…
By: Olivia Forman / June 11, 2014

Dave Chappelle Enlists the Roots, Janelle Monae for New York Comeback

Dave Chappelle's return to standup has been pretty low-key, one widely publicized incident aside, and now we know he was working up to something big.
By: Marc Hogan / May 28, 2014

Watch the Roots Preach ‘Never’ With A-Trak on ‘Fallon’

The Roots' day job might be late-night TV, but they can still be deadly serious when left to their own devices. The iconic Philadelphia hip-ho…
By: Marc Hogan / May 21, 2014

The Roots Save Their Sour Notes for the Quizzically Bleak ‘…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’

In this post-Internet age of cross-platform synergy as condo down-payment survival, the Roots have flourished. There is the band on The Tonight Show Starring…
By: Mosi Reeves / May 19, 2014

10 Albums to Stream: Conor Oberst, the Roots, Coldplay, and More

Ease into the weekend by streaming new albums from Conor Oberst, Coldplay, the Roots, Deniro Farrar, and many more. Find details,…
By: Kyle McGovern / May 16, 2014

Rap Songs of the Week: Danny Brown Assists ZMoney on the Jittery ‘Jug N Finesse’

Big K.R.I.T., "Mt. Olympus"Here is Big K.R.I.T. pouring out more of that platonic country rap thing he does very, very well, with some added collegiate…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 2, 2014

Hear The Roots’ Soulful, Optimistic ‘Tomorrow’

The Legendary Roots Crew kicked off the lead-up to ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, their 11th studio LP, earlier this month with the…
By: Colin Joyce / April 26, 2014

Hear Pharoahe Monch and Black Thought’s Knocking ‘Rapid Eye Movement’

Pharoahe Monch's fourth solo album, PTSD, has the New York-based rapper analyzing how the often unseen traumas of life affect us all. That…
By: Phillip Mlynar / April 9, 2014
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