The Roots News

  • "The Mixtape About Nothing" Vs. "More About Nothing" Vs. "The Album About Nothing"
    "The Mixtape About Nothing" Vs. "More About Nothing" Vs. "The Album About Nothing"
    Apr 9, 2015 at 10:29am
    Wale's Projects About Nothing demonstrated his love for Seinfeld mixed in with a healthy dose of alternative hip hop. The Mixtape About Nothing kicked off the love affair with 19 tracks, mostly containing Best Kept Secret production, but the tape also had some music from The Roots, J Dilla, Lil Wayne, and The Budos Band for healthy measure.
  • Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Give Your Family For Christmas
    Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Give Your Family For Christmas
    Dec 17, 2014 at 01:52pm
    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, mothers and fathers out there too! It might not be the easiest thing to pick out a record for every family member, especially when personal preference is clouding your perception (no, your gandma won't like 2 Chainz). But this culture is eclectic, and we know it. There are tons of R&B and hip-hop records out there, so there has to be one for everybody in your family.
  • Charts Don't Lie: June 1
    Charts Don't Lie: June 1
    Jun 1, 2014 at 09:00am
    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.
  • Manager Of The Roots Rich Nichols Reportedly Passes Away [Update: The Roots Release Official Statement]
    Manager Of The Roots Rich Nichols Reportedly Passes Away [Update: The Roots Release Official Statement]
    Jul 18, 2014 at 08:41am
    According to several artists via Twitter, The Roots' manager Rich Nichols has passed away, although the details remain muddled. Artists like Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, Phonte and Questlove each expressed their condolences and mourned the loss of their friend through social media platforms. Questlove shared an old text message with Nichols with the caption "Sharing Memories." However, others, including a Baltimore-based musician by the name of John Pinder, have stated that Nichols is still alive, although he is very ill and may be passing away soon.
  • Stream The Roots' New Album "…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin"
    Stream The Roots' New Album "…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin"
    May 13, 2014 at 03:59pm
    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. 
  • Rap Industry Recap: March
    Rap Industry Recap: March
    Apr 1, 2015 at 08:02am
    Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
  • #TBT: J. Dilla
    #TBT: J. Dilla
    Oct 30, 2014 at 03:34pm
    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. Enough can't be said about this man's influence. Dudes like ?uestlove and Kanye West, who are amongst the most influential members of the hip-hop culture, damn-near worship the ground this dude walked on. From his days as a youth to the days of making beats while laid up in his hospital bed, J. Dilla did nothing but advance the culture.
  • The Roots Reveal Cover Art For "And Then You Shoot Your Cousin" [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
    The Roots Reveal Cover Art For "And Then You Shoot Your Cousin" [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
    May 8, 2014 at 04:30pm
    The Roots will soon have another concept album under the belt, with And Then You Shoot Your Cousin scheduled for a May 20th release. Black Thought previously shared some of his own thoughts on the forthcoming album, during which he stated, "It’s conceptual; it’s another concept album in the spirit of Undun, but it’s not just about just one kind of character, we create quite a few different characters in this record.
  • 10 Rappers We Want To See Live With The Roots
    10 Rappers We Want To See Live With The Roots
    Mar 31, 2015 at 03:53pm
    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.
  • Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande Among Performers At The Roots' 4th Of July Jam
    Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande Among Performers At The Roots' 4th Of July Jam
    May 5, 2014 at 03:28pm
    The Roots are known for their annual picnics, the 2014 edition of which will be going down May 31st. Action Bronson, Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Jhené Aiko, Just Blaze, Rudimental, Araabmuzik, and Biz Markie, will be making appearances at that show, but the group have now announced another Philly-based celebration for the 4th of July.
  • #TBT: The Roots
    #TBT: The Roots
    Mar 26, 2015 at 08:16pm
    The Roots are the greatest hip hop band of all time, hands down. From the streets of Philadelphia to late night TV, they have conquered each and every stage they've graced over their twenty-eighty year career. Questlove is a cultural icon, an authority on hip hop, accomplished author, a real-deal DJ, and elite drummer. Black Thought is a great MC, occasional actor, lethal feature, and globetrotting hip hop representative. The Roots are what you should show your grandmother, or grand-daughter, if they ask, "What is hip hop music?"
  • J. Cole & The Roots To Perform At Philadelphia's 4th Of July Jam
    J. Cole & The Roots To Perform At Philadelphia's 4th Of July Jam
    May 9, 2013 at 08:49pm
    As reported by HipHopDX, J. Cole, The Roots, Ne-Yo, Jill Scott and John Mayer will be headlining Philadelphia's free 4th of July Jam at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • The Roots Picnic 2015 Announces Line-Up
    The Roots Picnic 2015 Announces Line-Up
    Mar 11, 2015 at 08:57am
    The Roots will be putting on their 8th annual Roots Picnic this coming summer in Philadelphia. They've tapped a dope line-up for this year, with a mix of rap and r'n'b, mainstream and indie, albeit, mostly indie. The Roots Picnic headliners will be The Roots and The Weeknd. In addition, you'll be able to catch A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Erykah Badu (backed by The Roots), Hudson Mohawke, DJ Mustard, Raury, Bishop Nehru, Marc E. Bassy, Rae Sremmurd and more.
  • Questlove To Appear On "Law & Order: SVU" ... As A Corpse
    Questlove To Appear On "Law & Order: SVU" ... As A Corpse
    Feb 23, 2014 at 09:00pm
    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. "It's my fantasy to play a dead body on Law & Order," Questlove told US Weekly last November as part of their ongoing "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" series. 
  • Roots Picnic 2014 Announce Snoop Dogg, Jhene Aiko, Action Bronson & More To Perform
    Roots Picnic 2014 Announce Snoop Dogg, Jhene Aiko, Action Bronson & More To Perform
    Mar 3, 2014 at 01:45pm
    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. Other artists tapped to perform include Action Bronson, Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Jhené Aiko, Just Blaze, Rudimental, Araabmuzik, and Biz Markie, among others. Peep the full line-up in a flyer in the gallery above. Does it look like a solid line-up to you? Who'll be attending?
  • Black Thought Discusses Upcoming Roots Concept Album
    Black Thought Discusses Upcoming Roots Concept Album
    Feb 28, 2014 at 05:09pm
    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. However, their "hiatus" ends with the release of their upcoming concept album, & Then You Shoot Your Cousin.
  • Jay Z & The Roots To Perform At Global Citizen Festival
    Jay Z & The Roots To Perform At Global Citizen Festival
    Jul 9, 2014 at 01:51pm
    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. The Global Citizen Festival is in support of the Global Poverty Project, a charity aimed to rid the world of extreme poverty by 2030. This year's festival goes down in New York's Central Park on September 27th.
  • The Roots To Headline Super Bowl Tailgating Party
    The Roots To Headline Super Bowl Tailgating Party
    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:11am
    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. Besides recording their 13th studio album and their day job as the in-house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, it has been announced that The Roots, which is perhaps one of the hardest working bands in the business, will headline Rolling Stone magazine-hosted Jeep Heroes Tailgate.
  • Black Thought Recalls Short Lived Beef With Nas, Considered Slapping Him
    Black Thought Recalls Short Lived Beef With Nas, Considered Slapping Him
    Apr 22, 2013 at 07:21pm
    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. Black Thought revealed in a recent interview, however, that there was some bad blood between him and Queensbridge emcee, Nas, early on. 
  • Questlove & Stephen Starr To Open New Restaurant In NYC
    Questlove & Stephen Starr To Open New Restaurant In NYC
    May 15, 2013 at 11:51am
    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. The Roots leader will soon open his own restaurant in New York City.
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