Kendrick is the best MC in the world right now, straight up. He doesn't make the best pop songs, but neither do The Roots. However, the both represent the realest hip hop from their eras while still keeping a form of mainstream appeal. The two acts linked up for a cut of "Swimming Pools" on Jimmy Fallon's Late Night show, but it would be killer to see a full set from this collab.
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Joey Bada$$ linked up with The Roots a couple times on Jimmy Fallon's talk shows, but we'd like to see the crew really tackle a full set of that vintage hip hop flavor Joey brings to the table. Something tells me Black Thought and Quest could probably teach the young man a couple things too.
Let's face it, these dudes are getting a little old. They can still put on a great show, but the energy isn't like it was in their 20s and that's okay. We'd like to see them take it down a notch and perform some of those classic cuts without trying to hype up the party too much. Instead, enlist The Roots, take it down a notch and perform the songs in the cleanest way possible. And then occasionally get it live like this rendition of "Rock 'n' Roll!"
Questlove was a member of the Soulquarians, a collective that helped to pioneer the neo-soul and alternative hip hop sound of the late 90s early 2000s. The crew was comprised of Questlove, Bilal, Common, Roy Hargrove, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, James Poyser, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Pino Palladino, and J Dilla (RIP).
While it is a totally out of the question for this cast to get together and do a tour currently, maybe they can put money and ego aside to give the Soulquarians a last hurrah. Could you imagine seeing Common and D'Angelo do "So Far To Go" before Erykah Badu and Talib Kweli do "The Blast"? That's the stuff dreams are made of.
The young Bishop Nehru is another MC who is enlisting vintage beats and style to put his own spin on the music of the 90s. His flow would be perfect alongside Quest and the crew.
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This is who we'd like to see The Roots back up in concert.
The Roots have collaborated with nearly everyone in hip hop. As the rap scene's resident band, they've made music with everyone from Jay Z and Kanye to Rae Sremmurd and Miley Cyrus. There's literally nobody they can't pair up with, and their residency on Jimmy Fallon's talk shows has proven that.
But once upon a time, The Roots used to be on TV less and in concert halls more. While we're super stoked that the band has reached this point, a selfish part of us wishes they would pair up with our favorite MCs and hit the road so we can see some great hip hop music performed live. If you frequent rap concerts, you know they can be very hit or miss, but The Roots are masters of their craft.
We'd like to see them team up with other masters of the hip hop world for some memorable live shows. Some of these MCs they've collaborated with before for full shows, some for only for one song on the Tonight Show. Either way, this is who we'd like to see The Roots back up in concert.