The Roots, Joell Ortiz & Busta Rhymes Perform "My Shot" On Jimmy Fallon
After weeks of heavy promotion, Lin-Manuel Miranda finally released the soundtrack to the wildly successful Broadway Musical “Hamilton” last Friday, which featured a star-studded lineup consisting of Nas, Usher, Wiz Khalifa, Dave East, Chance The Rapper, The Roots, John Legend, and many more. On Monday night, Joell Ortiz, Busta Rhymes & The Roots stopped by Jimmy Fallon and performed track #2 off the soundtrack called “My Shot” live for the very first time together.
Watch The Trailer For BET Special "Barack Obama's Block Party"
Last month, Barack Obama hosted an event at the White House called "BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration." "Everyone there was black and it was beautiful," Dave Chappelle said of the event.
Vince Staples Performs "Smile" On Fallon
Vince Staples' Prima Donna EP is the greatest thing since sliced bread. The Long Beach rapper/provocateur stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday evening to promote the project with a Roots-backed performance of "Smile." In a pre-recorded segment, Staples revealed the first (and best) concert he attended: Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl.
Seth Rogen Does Drake's "Hotline Bling" and The Roots' "Mellow My Man" On Lip Sync Battle
Drake & The Roots
Seth Rogen has been known to do some pretty memorable rap parodies, most notably, he and James Franco's faithful recreation of Kanye West's "Bound 2" video. When he guested on Jimmy Fallon last night, participating in lip sync battle, he made sure to put the same unique spin on the songs. Rogen started things of by asking The Roots to play their classic record, "Mellow My Man," from Do you Want More, as he lip synced surprisingly well to Black Thought's live vocals.
Rae Sremmurd Perform "Look Alive" On Jimmy Fallon
Rae Sremmurd was the special musical guest last on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The brother duo of Slim Jimmi and Swae Lee performed an exuberant rendition of their new single "Look Alive." The song is low-energy compared to the majority of the songs they have released to the date, but they kept the energy level high, getting their gig on on stage with help from The Roots.
The Roots Recap "Game Of Thrones" With A Fire Rap
Game of Thrones returned for its sixth season on Sunday. It was an action-packed episode (par for the course) -- plenty of death, gore, boobs -- and more!! For GoT devotees who didn't catch the first episode and won't be able to watch it before the second one airs this weekend, The Roots put together a quick rap recap to let the people know how shit went down.
The Roots Make Rap Songs Out Of Super Bowl Tweets
The Super Bowl is more than great theater -- it's an excuse to get together with friends and family and gorge yourself on as much food as possible. Jimmy Fallons asked fans to come up with #SuperBowlRaps, many of the responses heavily involved food. Fallon had The Roots perform these brief raps on last night's episode of The Tonight Show. From a chicken wing-inspired remix of "Hotline Bling" to a Peyton Manning-inspired remix of "Ignition (Remix)," these #SuperBowlRaps were all pretty fire.
Wiz Khalifa Performs "Bake Sale" On Jimmy Fallon
Wiz Khalifa is currently in NYC pimping his new album Khalifa. Amber Rose made an appearance at the official Khalifa listening party Wednesday night to show support for Sebastian's dad. Thursday night he stopped by 30 Rock to perform "Bake Sale" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Mike Tyson Sings Drake's "Hotline Bling" On Jimmy Fallon
Drake's "Hotline Bling" video produced a multitude of memes, but the best thing to come out of the video's fallout so far (including the video itself) is Mike Tyson singing the track on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Nelly Performs "The Fix" On Jimmy Fallon
Nelly turned heads when he dropped a new single "The Fix" feat. Jeremih out of nowhere this summer. After dropping the visual a couple weeks ago, he headed to 30 Rock last night to perform the single on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," minus Jeremih, plus The Roots.
ASAP Rocky Performs "LSD" & "Jukebox Joints" On Fallon
To promote his new album At.Long.Last.A$AP, ASAP Rocky made his way by Jimmy Fallon Thursday night and served as the evenings musical guests.
Watch Erykah Badu Bring Out The LOX And YG At The Roots Picnic
Once again this weekend's Roots Picnic in Philly was a joyous affair, with a top notch lineup that included A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, and Rae Sremmurd. The highlight of the entire event came at the end when Erykah Badu, decked out in her trademark outsize afro wig and sunglasses and backed by The Roots, brought out The LOX and YG as surprise guests.
Snoop Dogg & The Roots Do "So Many Pros" On Jimmy Fallon
Snoop Dogg & The Roots
This week marked the release of Snoop Dogg and Pharrell's smooth funk album BUSH, and to celebrate, Snoop was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform the single "So Many Pros." Pharrell wasn't around, but The Roots were, and so the song got the full band treatment.
Ludacris & The Roots Perform Acoustic Version Of "What's Your Fantasy"
When we named ten artists that we'd like to see tour with The Roots last week, Ludacris didn't make the cut, and it wasn't until just now that we realized how much of an oversight that was.
Meek Mill & The Roots Perform At "Roots Jam Session 2015"
With Grammy weekend upon us, The Root held their annual pre-party Jam Session concert in Philadelphia Friday night, where things got live real quick. Returning to the stage for the first time since being incarcerated, Meek Mill joined The Roots on stage and put on an impromtu performance for his hometown audience. Instead of running through his normal hit set list though, Meek kept things quite brief, teasing fans with a new verse which he straight up bodies.
Big K.R.I.T. Performs "Soul Food" On The Tonight Show
Big K.R.I.T. released his sophomore album, Cadillactica to much praise last year, which earned him the honor of performing with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show last night.
Bobby Shmurda Performs "Hot Nigga" On Jimmy Fallon
Except for the day that he began to see his YouTube views skyrocket this June, yesterday was probably the biggest day of 2014 for Bobby Shmurda. First, the breakout star hosted a flash mob in Midtown Manhattan, then he released his new single, "Bobby Bitch," and capped off the night with a casual performance on the Tonight Show.
Nas Performs "N.Y. State Of Mind" On Jimmy Fallon
Although Nas hasn't released new music since 2012's Life Is Good, 2014 has been exceptionally kind to him, seeing a documentary, tour, guest spots and TV appearances added to his already-lengthy resume. The bulk of that is due to an extended 20th birthday party for his landmark debut, Illmatic (seriously, this thing has gone on for months), which continued last night on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."
The Roots' Harry Potter Rap (Live On The Tonight Show)
When The Roots aren't making some of the dopest, most experimental, hip-hop on the market, they're having a hell of a good time as the in-house band on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show. While traditionally used for backing music, the group occasionally gets highlighted in their own skits, such was the case on tonight's "Suggestion Box." Taking suggestions from the audience, Fallon draws a viewer's request that The Roots record a track about Harry Potter. If Black Thought wasn't in your top ten lyricists of all time, this may be the moment where you become a convert.
The Roots Feat. Patty Crash "Never" Video
The Roots Feat. Patty Crash
Questlove and company are back with the latest visuals from their acclaimed album ...and then you shoot your cousin. Not your traditional hip-hop video, this artistic interpretation of the song's lyrics depicts a young man literally on his own in the world, hoping for better but finding happiness out of reach. The imagery supports Black Thought's lyrical content, in which the narrator describes this world as "damnation," "infinity's fork in the road." It's as deep and thought-provoking as it is lyrically complex.