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The Roots and Jimmy Fallon Perform Olivia Rodrigo‘s ‘Driver’s License’ as a Sea Shanty

Singing like a 19th-century pirate is one of the latest and oddest TikTok trends, and Jimmy Fallon and The Roots jumped on board (arggg) with…
Katherine Turman / January 26, 2021

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Phish’s Trey Anastasio Was the First Late-Night TV In-Studio Guest Since March

Phish singer Trey Anastasio has had a busy year — even in quarantine. Phish released a new album, Sigma Oasis, earlier this year and while alone…
Daniel Kohn / August 11, 2020

Questlove and Black Thought Pay Tribute to Former the Roots Bandmate Malik B.: ‘The World Just Lost a Real One’

The Roots co-founder Malik B. died Wednesday at age 47. After his cousin, Don Champion, delivered the news, tributes from the music community began to pour…
Daniel Kohn / July 29, 2020

Malik B, The Roots Founding Member, Dies at 47

Malik B., an early member of The Roots and a celebrated Philadelphia emcee, has died at the age of 47. His death was initially reported Wednesday…
Brenton Blanchet / July 29, 2020

Billy Idol Joins Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for ‘Social Distancing Remix’ of ‘Dancing With Myself’

Quarantine is causing everyone to question...well, everything. That includes reworking classic songs to reflect these times. On The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on…
SPIN Staff / May 22, 2020

Betty Wright, Soul Hitmaker and ‘Clean Up Woman’ Singer, Dies at 66

R&B singer Betty Wright, best-known for a string of soulful hits in 1970s and early 1980s, including "Clean Up Woman" and "Where Is the Love?",…
Ryan Reed / May 10, 2020

Sting Joins Jimmy Fallon and The Roots for Remixed Version of ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’

If there's a song that fits the times we're living in, it's The Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me." On Thursday's edition…
SPIN Staff / April 10, 2020

The Roots to Reissue Things Fall Apart, Do You Want More ?!!??!, and Illadelph Halflife for Albums’ Anniversaries

The Roots have announced a series of anniversary reissues for seminal albums Things Fall Apart, Do You Want More ?!!??! and Illadelph Halflife. The…
Israel Daramola / August 16, 2019

Watch Natalie Merchant Sing 10,000 Maniacs’ “These Are Days” With The Roots on The Tonight Show

In all the ’90s retrospectives that have been going around lately, not too many people have been talking about 10,000 Maniacs, the hugely popular early-’90s…
Tom Breihan, Stereogum / August 9, 2019

Hole, Questlove, and Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Respond to Destruction of Recordings in Universal Studios Fire

Artists whose master recordings were destroyed in a 2008 warehouse fire at Universal Studios, as reported today in an explosive New York Times Magazine story that shows Universal…
Tosten Burks / June 11, 2019

Roots Picnic 2019 Lineup: 21 Savage, Yasiin Bey, H.E.R., Lil Baby, More

The Roots' Philadelphia-based festival Roots Picnic has announced its 2019 lineup. The Roots, of course, are headlining the day-long party, which is scheduled to take…
Winston Cook-Wilson / March 12, 2019

Watch Weezer, Jimmy Fallon & the Roots Perform A-Ha’s “Take On Me” With Classroom Instruments

Weezer took The Tonight Show in a time machine to the 80s on Thursday (Feb. 28) by joining Jimmy Fallon and the Roots to…
Rania Aniftos, Billboard / February 28, 2019

Watch Ice Cube Perform “That New Funkadelic” With the Roots on Fallon

Ice Cube joined the Roots in a performance of "That New Funkadelic," the song from his upcoming LP Everythang's Corrupt on last night's episode of…
Rob Arcand / December 8, 2018

Stream Black Thought’s New EP Streams of Thought, Vol. 2

In June, The Roots’ Black Thought released a solo "debut EP," Streams of Thought, Vol. 1.  The project was produced by 9th Wonder and The Soul Council, and was billed as the…
Israel Daramola / November 26, 2018

Video: Black Thought – “Rest in Power”

Black Thought, MC and frontman of The Roots, has released a new song entitled "Rest in Power" in conjunction with the forthcoming documentary series produced…
Israel Daramola / July 24, 2018
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