The Roots News

Watch Every BET Awards 2016 Performance
Watch Every BET Awards 2016 Performance Jun 27, 2016 at 11:12am
Sunday night's BET Awards was one of the show's best iterations in years. Performers included Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Young Thug, Future, Bryson Tiller, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, & Anderson. Paak -- and that doesn't even include any of the Prince tributes, which were bountiful and glorious. Sadly, the scheduled D'Angelo Prince tribute never came to pass. Otherwise, the show was nearly flawless.
10 Collaborations We Need
10 Collaborations We Need Jun 19, 2015 at 08:53am
Advancements of the infinite tool that is the Internet have made collaborating among musicians exponentially easier. Gone are the days where it was nearly impossible to create music without musicians being in the same studio at the same time. Now artists and producers are able to collaborate despite being in different parts of the country, or even across the globe. One can simply email over a verse or an instrumental that can be worked with, and tweaked, into a musical masterpiece. This makes any collaboration possible and has resulted in some incredible creations recently.
"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.
10 Artists Who Might Have Influenced "Surf"
10 Artists Who Might Have Influenced "Surf" Jun 5, 2015 at 01:09pm
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's Surf is a diverse collection of sounds ranging from downtempo jazz to upbeat, theatrical hip hop. The crew is undoubtably influenced by tons of different artists, but who are they? First and foremost, you can tell that the SOX was influenced by the cast of features that helped them make the album. J. Cole's consciousness, Erykah Badu's soulfulness, Migos' modern swagger, and Busta Rhymes' spitfire are all present on the album, and not just when they themselves are unleashing it.
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.
Lee Andrews, R&B Singer & Father Of Questlove, Has Passed Away
Lee Andrews, R&B Singer & Father Of Questlove, Has Passed Away Mar 17, 2016 at 10:11am
Our hearts go out to longtime drummer of The Roots and all-around great dude Questlove, whose father Lee Andrews passed away yesterday. He was 79. Lee Andrews was the frontman for the Philadelphia-based R&B group Lee Andrews & the Hearts, a classic doo-wop group that charted on the Billboard charts all the way back in the 1950s.
The Roots Ex-Bassist Reportedly Suing Over Unpaid Royalties
The Roots Ex-Bassist Reportedly Suing Over Unpaid Royalties Jan 28, 2016 at 04:46pm
You may remember Leonard “Hub” Hubbard as the dude in The Roots holding down the groove in the back, chew stick dangling from his mouth, in the classic film Dave Chappelle's Block Party. Hub played bass in The Roots from 1992 until 2007, when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a common form of blood cancer. According to TMZ, Hubbard has filed a lawsuit against Qustlove, Black Thought, and the band's current manager for unpaid royalties.
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.
Usher & Future To Headline Annual Roots Picnic 2016
Usher & Future To Headline Annual Roots Picnic 2016 Feb 2, 2016 at 12:11pm
The Roots Picnic happens every June, and has continued to grow in profile and popularity each year. This year is no different, as we’ve got some truly impressive artists playing the 2016 iteration.
#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.
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.
Classic Rotation: J Dilla's "Donuts"
Classic Rotation: J Dilla's "Donuts" Feb 7, 2016 at 01:49pm
Depending on how cool your social media feeds are, you probably saw some posts last week celebrating the legacy of the legendary producer J Dilla. February was declared "Dilla Month" by Stones Throw Records to commemorate the loss of James "J Dilla" Yancey, who died of a rare blood disease on February 10, 2006. His death came just days after his birthday as well the release of Donuts, arguably the greatest instrumental hip-hop album ever.
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.
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.
The Roots Pull Out Of David Bowie Tribute Concert In NYC
The Roots Pull Out Of David Bowie Tribute Concert In NYC Mar 31, 2016 at 02:39pm
Starting tonight, the famed NYC musical institution Carnegie Hall will play host to the first of two tribute concerts in honor of the late David Bowie. The second show will take place tomorrow night at Radio City Music Hall. The names on the bill include the Pixies, Laurie Anderson, Mumford & Sons, and many more. The Roots were also scheduled to take part in the event, but yesterday, drummer Questlove announced that his band would be pulling out due to "Bitchassness," alluding to an apparent dispute over shared musical equipment. 
#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?"