1. The Roots MC Black Thought's Philly Insider Tips on How Turn It Up for the Democratic National Convention

    July 25, 2016 5:36 PM EDT "Whenever people descend upon the city, Philly rolls out the red carpet," says Black Thought, the 44-year-old Roots MC and Philadelphia native. As the city gets ready to host the Democratic National Convention starting July 25, he gives  Billboard  some inside tips: "We're…

  2. 'Hamilton' To Be Filmed? Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Hopes So

    October 05, 2015 8:24 AM EDT Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hit Hamilton was the hottest ticket in town more or less the moment it opened -- but now, even those at the bottom of the waiting list will be able to see the hip-hop musical. Billboard Cover: 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Questlove and…

  3. The Weeknd's 'Can't Feel My Face' Gets the Black Simon & Garfunkel Treatment, With a Little Help From Art Garfunkel

    October 01, 2015 9:00 AM EDT "Black Simon and Garfunkel" has become one of The Tonight Show 's stand-by sketches, showcasing the comedic (and musical) talents of The Roots ' Questlove and Captain Kirk as they emulate the dulcet tones and sweet harmonies of legendary folk duo Simon and Garfunkel  while…

  4. The Roots' 4th of July Performance Proves Philly Has the Coolest Mayor

    July 06, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Philly hosted the original Fourth of July, so when the date comes around, the pressure's on to do it up. The city hosted its annual Fourth of July Jam Saturday night with a performance from the Roots . That's sounds great, but some unexpected local star power took the performance to…

  5. Erykah Badu and The Roots Pay Tribute to Hip-Hop in Concert With YG, The LOX, and Freeway: Exclusive

    June 24, 2015 11:05 AM EDT Erykah Badu  performing with The Roots is a special occasion all on its own -- add a 20-minute ode to hip-hop, complete with guest appearances from YG , the LOX, and Freeway , and it becomes one for the ages. At last month's 8th Annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia (May 30), Badu and the…

  6. Watch A$AP Rocky Perform 'L$D/Jukebox Joints' With The Roots on 'The Tonight Show'

    June 12, 2015 12:00 PM EDT A$AP Rocky brought some of the cuts from his new album At.Long.Last.A$AP to The Tonight Show last night (June 11), with a little assistance from the Roots.  Billboard Cover: A$AP Rocky on Grieving for A$AP Yams, Police Brutality and Why Drugs Help Him 'Cope With Life' As Jimmy…

  7. Erykah Badu Brings Soul to 8th Annual Roots Picnic: Concert Review

    June 01, 2015 10:10 AM EDT The idea of "soul music" has become a shell of its former self, bringing to mind only the legacies of aging greats and their halfhearted pop progeny. At Saturday's (May 30) eighth annual Roots Picnic, however, audience members received an almost therapeutic refresher on what…