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Stream Black Thought’s New EP Streams of Thought, Vol. 1

Six months after his incredible Hot 97 freestyle, The Roots' Black Thought has released Streams of Thought, Vol. 1, a project he's billing as his "debut EP" and…
Anna Gaca / June 1, 2018

Questlove Spotted Wearing “Kanye Doesn’t Care About Black People” T-Shirt

Questlove isn't sure about Kanye's recent support of Donald Trump. During his performance with the Roots Friday night at the Concert for Peace And Justice…
Rob Arcand / April 29, 2018

Rock Hall of Fame 2018: Andra Day, Lauryn Hill, and the Roots Pay Tribute to Nina Simone

Last night, Nina Simone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and as part of the induction ceremony, Andra Day and Lauryn…
Rob Arcand / April 15, 2018

NBC Moves to Dismiss Racial Discrimination Suit Against Questlove and Send It to Arbitration

A lawsuit filed against NBC and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson by two former Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon camera operators alleging racial discrimination and defamation by…
Dan Rys, Billboard / March 21, 2018

The Roots’ SXSW Show Canceled After Bomb Threat [UPDATE]

The Roots & Friends show at SXSW was canceled Saturday night (March 17) because of security issues. "Due to a security concern, we…
Billboard / March 18, 2018

Questlove Denies “Ridiculous Allegations” That He Racially Discriminated Against White Tonight Show Cameramen

Questlove has responded to a report that two white former camera operators at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon have sued him and NBC for racial discrimination. The Roots'
Tosten Burks / January 24, 2018

Watch Camila Cabello and The Roots Perform “Havana” With Children’s Instruments on Fallon

Camila Cabello returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday to perform her solo smash "Havana" in the style of the show's "Classroom Instruments"
Tosten Burks / January 18, 2018

Watch Black Thought’s Ridiculously Virtuosic 10-Minute Hot 97 Freestyle

Don't be fooled by his current status as the leader of the Jimmy Fallon house band or his recent acting role on The Deuce: Black Thought…
Andy Cush / December 14, 2017

Phrenology at 15: How the Roots Hit a New Peak With Their “Anti-Roots” Album

Before they were Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots were generally remembered as being part of a vanguard of artists in the ‘90s…
Brian Josephs / November 28, 2017

Watch The Roots’ NPR Tiny Desk Concert

The Roots crew recently paid a visit to NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters and managed to fit themselves behind the Tiny Desk to deliver a short performance.
Brian Josephs / October 30, 2017

The Roots Teach a Schoolhouse Rock-Style History Lesson About Slavery on black-ish

On Tuesday night's season premiere of black-ish, an episode centered around a musical history lesson on Juneteenth, an animated version of The Roots gave viewers a…
Monique Melendez / October 4, 2017

Watch Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and More Perform at Charlottesville Benefit

Last night, A Concert for Charlottesville, an all-star benefit concert hosted by Charlottesville natives Dave Matthews Band, was livestreamed on various platforms. The show took place…
Winston Cook-Wilson / September 25, 2017

Watch Pete Townshend, Alfie Boe, & The Roots Play “Love Reign O’er Me” On Fallon

Pete Townshend and tenor Alfie Boe teamed up in 2015 for Classic Quadrophenia, an orchestral reimagining of the Who’s classic 1973 double-LP. And last night, they…
Peter Helman, Stereogum / September 9, 2017

Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, and Dave Matthews Band to Perform at Free Charlottesville Concert

Dave Matthews Band will host a concert in their hometown of Charlottesville, VA in response to the white supremacist protests that claimed the life of…
Brian Josephs / September 6, 2017

Watch Kesha and the Roots Play “House of the Rising Sun”

About a week ago, Kesha appeared on the Tonight Show to perform "Praying" and promote her new album Rainbow. Today, the show released some bonus content from…
Anna Gaca / August 18, 2017
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