The Roots News

  • Cover of Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Give Your Family For Christmas
    We want everyone to love hip-hop just as much as we do. That goes not only for all the brothers and sisters out there, but the grandmas, grandpas, mothersĀ and fathersĀ out there too!
  • Cover of #TBT: J. Dilla
    James Yancey accomplished more with his 32 years on this planet than most people could do with 5 lifetimes. He cultivated a sound that has influenced the finest producers of today.
  • Cover of Manager Of The Roots Rich Nichols Reportedly Passes Away [Update: The Roots Release Official Statement]
    According to several artists via Twitter, The Roots' manager Rich Nichols has passed away, although the details remain muddled.
  • Cover of Jay Z & The Roots To Perform At Global Citizen Festival
    This year's Global Citizen Festival has announced a pretty strong line-up, consisting of headliners Jay Z and The Roots, as well as Tiesto and No Doubt, there seems to be a little something for everybody.
  • Cover of Charts Don't Lie: June 1
    Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" is about to begin a summer takeover, if the Billboard charts are any indication. The rapper's lead single from The New Classic reached new heights this week, as it obtained the #1 spot on the Hot 100, making it Iggy's first #1 single.
  • Cover of Stream The Roots' New Album "…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin"
    Earlier today we received a stream for Michael Jackson's latest piece of work, Xscape, and this afternoon another album stream has been released, this one for The Roots' new concept album …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. 
  • Cover of The Roots Reveal Cover Art For "And Then You Shoot Your Cousin" [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
    The Roots will soon have another concept album under the belt, with And Then You Shoot Your Cousin scheduled for a May 20th release.
  • Cover of Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande Among Performers At The Roots' 4th Of July Jam
    The Roots are known for their annual picnics, the 2014 edition of which will be going down May 31st. Action Bronson, Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Jhené Aiko, Just Blaze, Rudimental, Araabmuzik, and Biz Markie, will be making appearances at that show, but the group have now announced another Philly-
  • Cover of Roots Picnic 2014 Announce Snoop Dogg, Jhene Aiko, Action Bronson & More To Perform
    The annual Roots Picnic is going down this year at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 31. The seventh annual event has announced the performers lined up today. Of course the Roots will be headlining, alongside Snoopp Dogg.
  • Cover of Black Thought Discusses Upcoming Roots Concept Album
    It's been a while since we've seen a full release from The Roots, the latest being Undun which was released in 2011, but far from disappearing during the interim, The Roots are more visible than ever, as they have appeared playing for numerous functions and The Late Show.
  • Cover of Questlove To Appear On "Law & Order: SVU" ... As A Corpse
    You read it right, folks - Questlove, The Roots' resident percussionist, historian and DJ, will play the role of a murder victim on an upcoming episode of police procedural drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which stars veteran emcee Ice-T.
  • Cover of Elvis Costello & The Roots Announce Collaborative "Wise Up Ghost" LP
    Although there have been earlier reports on this project, The Roots have officially announced a new collaborative album with English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello. For those who haven't heard, it's called Wise Up Ghost and is scheduled for release on September 17th via Blue Note Records.
  • Cover of Questlove & Stephen Starr To Open New Restaurant In NYC
    The Roots artist Questlove is trying his hand at a new venture, although one he's very passionate about: food. The Phildelphia native regularly keeps fans updated on Twitter with his latest meal during his travels, and has now turned his knowledge of good food into a business.
  • Cover of J. Cole & The Roots To Perform At Philadelphia's 4th Of July Jam
    As reported by HipHopDX, J. Cole, The Roots, Ne-Yo, Jill Scott and John Mayer will be headlining Philadelphia's free 4th of July Jam at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • Cover of Black Thought Recalls Short Lived Beef With Nas, Considered Slapping Him
    The Roots are not generally the types to be involved in beef. The Philly group have been working in the hip hop scene for two decades and have been able to steer clear of the feuds that many rappers end up engaging in.
  • Cover of Black Thought Of The Roots Plans Blues Solo Album
    The Roots already have a big year planned, with some big names being announced for their annual "Roots Picnic" this summer, as well as their next album & Then You Shoot Your Cousin, which is slated for release later this year.
  • Cover of The Roots To Headline Super Bowl Tailgating Party
    Beyonce may be performing on the world's biggest stage at this year's Super Bowl halftime show in New Orleans but The Roots will also be centerstage that day.
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