The Roots

  1. Philly Fourth Of July Jam Partners With VH1 on Nat'l Broadcast, Live Streaming

    January 09, 2013 2:32 PM EST America's largest free concert is coming to your house to help you party it down The annual Philly Fourth of July Jam announced today it is partnering with VH1 for exclusive broadcast, digital and live streaming rights. The concert will be av ...

  2. ?uestlove, Universal Music's Harry Weinger To Teach 'Classic Albums' Course At NYU

    October 16, 2012 2:25 PM EDT An NPR intern's dismissive review of Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation..." inadvertently brings ?uestlove to the Ivory Tower Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson will soon be adding another job to his exhaustive list of titles: ...

  3. Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Re-Launch, New Albums By Danny!, Young Guru

    August 14, 2012 8:17 AM EDT Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru Dann ...

  4. 40 Under 40: Jonathan Cohen

    August 02, 2012 2:56 PM EDT Jonathan Cohen Music Booker, 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' Website: LateNightWithJimmyFallon.com Twitter: @BrainOfJoaCohen Worth Staying Up Since launching three years ago, "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" has exhibited a flair ...

  5. R&B Favorite D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo, stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies ...

  6. Backbeat: ?uestlove's Fried Chicken Invades David Chang's Momofuku For Charity

    May 22, 2012 11:18 AM EDT ?uestlove and David Chang pose at Momofuku. (Photo: Gabriele Stabile) Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of The Roots ' signature "Love's Drumsticks" got their 15 minutes this Sunday night, when Momofuku mastermind David Chan ...

  7. Video: Watch President Obama Slow-Jam the News With The Roots on 'Jimmy Fallon'

    April 25, 2012 10:08 AM EDT When "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" headed to the University of North Carolina for special taping on Tuesday (Apr. 24), the show received a very special, powerful guest: President Barack Obama. Among other things, the President turned hi ...

  8. Roots Grammy Jam Session Report: No-Shows Scuttled 'On the Fly' Whitney Houston Tribute, ?uestlove Says

    February 12, 2012 2:42 PM EST The Roots curating their annual Grammy Jam at the House of Blues Los Angeles. (Photo: Fred Shavies/3680 Photography) Despite a high-energy jam session that featured surprise guest performers like India Arie, Trombone Shorty, Childish Gambino, Warr ...

  9. Backbeat: Beyonce Steps Out, Nas Has Wings at Jay-Z's Carnegie Hall After Party @ 40/40

    February 07, 2012 7:58 AM EST Jay-Z performing at Carnegie Hall with a full-orchestra and the Roots' Questlove on drums (Photo: Gabriela Herman) NEW YORK -- What better way for Jay-Z to celebrate an iconic performance at Carnegie Hall than sharing laughs, glasses filled w ...

  10. Rap At the Grammys: An Overall Winner, But Major Category Loser

    January 23, 2012 9:08 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Since its beginnings in the 1970s, rap music has transformed from an underground, street-based sound to a definitive part of pop culture, transcending race and becoming one of the strongest - and most prolific - voices of today ...

  11. S.O.B.'s Annual MLK Day Show Canceled Due to Poor Ticket Sales

    January 17, 2012 3:48 PM EST On Sunday, Jan. 15, something strange happened at S.O.B.'s: for the first time in over a decade, the lower Manhattan club did not host a showcase in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on the night before the national holiday. A ...

  12. Backbeat: 5th Annual Okayplayer Holiday Party Pairs The Roots with Shaggy, Big Daddy Kane, Other Guests

    December 19, 2011 4:28 PM EST The Roots played host to the fifth annual Okayplayer Holiday Party last Thursday night at Brooklyn Bowl, featuring a string of surprise guests who stopped by to perform and hang out with the Philly-based hip-hop crew. Questlove founded the Okaypla ...

  13. Backbeat: Big K.R.I.T. Marketing Manager Steve-O Shares Daily Routine with Billboard

    December 12, 2011 4:49 PM EST "Which one do you like?" Steven "Steve-O" Brown asks this while scrolling through potential cover options for Big K.R.I.T.'s upcoming mixtape, "4 Eva N A Day," slated to drop in January. The covers differ slightl ...

  14. Questlove: NBC Clearing Roots Songs for Fallon

    December 08, 2011 7:24 PM EST NBC is now checking the songs the Roots play on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" after the band performed an off-color song during Michele Bachmann's show appearance last month. Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots says n ...

  15. Video: The Roots Greet Michelle Bachmann With Politically Loaded Fishbone Song on 'Jimmy Fallon'

    November 22, 2011 1:49 PM EST Jimmy Fallon's house band the Roots didn't have a warm welcome for Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann when she appeared on the NBC show early Tuesday. As Bachmann strode on to the stage at Fallon's "Late Night,& ...

  16. Roots Discuss New Album; Hefner Talks Music at Playboy Jazz Fest

    June 13, 2011 5:00 PM EDT "The Roots, the Roots, the Roots are on fire!" That one chant could be heard above the audience roar during the Roots' closing set on the opening night of the 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 11-12). Making their festival deb ...

  17. Roots Blow Roof Off Grammy Jam Session With Betty Wright, Sara Bareilles, Estelle: Photo Gallery

    February 13, 2011 4:00 PM EST At the Roots' seventh annual pre-Grammy jam Saturday, Betty Wright delivered a show-stopping performance of her minor 1975 hit "Tonight is the Night" as the Philadelphia hip-hop outfit took a Hennessy-sipping audience on historical ...

  18. How the Music of 'Jimmy Fallon' Whips Its Late-Night Competition

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST When Bruce Springsteen decided to crash late night and whip his hair in November, it was as sure a sign as any that "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" has emerged as a highly coveted platform for musical guests. Since the Nov. 16 episode tha ...

  19. BACKBEAT: Bruno Mars, John Legend, and The Roots Perform @Billboard's AMP'D Up!

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard.com hosted its AMP’D Up! event Sept. 27 at the Best Buy Theater in New York as part of Advertising Week 2010. The event drew in key players from the entertainment, advertising and technology industries who networked while being entertain ...

  20. BACKBEAT: John Legend, The Roots' ?uestlove and Spike Lee At Billboard Live! Panel During 2010 Advertising Week

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Advertising Week 2010 Kicked off in NYC on September 27 and Billboard was there to present Billboard Live! which hosted Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from the Roots, John Legend , director Spike Lee , American Express’ Courtney Kelso and Momentum’s J ...

  21. Spike Lee to Direct John Legend, The Roots Live Webcast

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spike Lee will direct a live webcast of a concert featuring John Legend and the Roots. The concert, to be held in New York on Sept. 23, is the second part of "Unstaged," a live concert series presented by American Express Co. The first w ...

  22. BACKBEAT: American Airlines' Blackatlas.Com hosts John Legend and The Roots

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT American Airlines’ BlackAtlas.com hosted an intimate concert on Aug. 30 at Bowery Ballroom in NYC with Grammy Award-winning recording artist John Legend and Grammy Award-winning super-group The Roots , in celebration of their new album WAKE UP! du ...

  23. Vampire Weekend Anchors Third Roots Picnic Fest

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vampire Weekend will headline the third annual Roots Picnic, which will also feature a performance by the Philadelphia-based Roots. The event will be held June 5 at Philadelphia's Festival Pier; tickets go on sale Friday (March 5) via LiveNat ...

  24. TV On The Radio, Public Enemy Set For 'Roots Picnic'

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TV On The Radio, Public Enemy, the Black Keys and Santigold are among the acts handpicked by The Roots to play the band's second annual hometown "Roots Picnic" on June 6 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Public Enemy will perform th ...

  25. The Roots Gear Up For 'Late Night'

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fans of The Roots can rest easy. The Philadelphia-based band has started work on a new album and still plans to tour. But the Grammy Award-winning group's primary focus right now is its new gig as the house band for "Late Night with Jimm ...

  26. The Roots Onboard For Red Bull Soundclash

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Roots, who were recently named the house band for Jimmy Fallon's upcoming talk show on NBC, "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," will perform at a Red Bull sponsored event at the end of January. The show, on Jan. 29 at the Roxy in Bo ...

  27. Kanye West, NIN Bring Lollapalooza To A Close

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West and Nine Inch Nails closed Lollapalooza 2008 in grand fashion Sunday (Aug. 3) in Chicago's Grant Park, with the former regaling his hometown crowd with hit after hit and the latter band offering a tour-de-force of intense industria ...

  28. The Roots Head Stateside

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Roots' current trek behind their upcoming album "Rising Down" is in full swing and will carry the band through spots in the midwest, Canada, Texas, the East Coast and New Orleans, before wrapping in New Jersey in August. The ban ...

  29. The Roots 'Rise' On Upcoming Album

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Roots' ?uestlove and Black Thought hosted a private listening session on Thursday (March 6th) of their upcoming 10th album, "Rising Down," set for an April 29 release via Def Jam. "Rising" features guest appearances fr ...

  30. The Roots, Brandi Carlile To Headline VH1 Tours

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT VH1 is preparing to announce two multi-artist tours, Billboard.biz has learned. The first is based on the cable music channel's annual Hip Hop Honors awards show, which debuted in 2004. The inaugural edition of the Hip Hop Honors tour will fe ...

  31. Verizon Extends Online Mixing Campaign

    July 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promotion was spearheaded by ad agency R/GA. Verizon is extending its "Richer, Deeper, Broader" campaign with the just-launched Verizon Beatbox Mixer. The interactive video and music tool, located on Verizon's broadband portal, rich ...

  32. Global Pulse

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Roots duo Hush cements its popularity with five Danish Music Award nominations. Read Tom Ferguson's column. Roots duo Hush cements its popularity with five Danish Music Award nominations. Read Tom Ferguson's column. News Tom Ferguson ...

  33. MTVU Announces Woodie Nominees

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With three nods, Coheed & Cambria lead the nominees for the first mtvU Woodie Awards, which will recognize artists who have made an impact on the college-music scene. College TV network mtvU will With three nods, Coheed & Cambria lead ...

  34. Buffett Drives 'License' To Top Of Billboard 200

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Roots bow at No. 4 with 'The Tipping Point' The Roots bow at No. 4 with 'The Tipping Point' News ...

  35. Beats & Rhymes

    February 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Roots partner with multimedia design/entertainment firm Decon to form Okayplayer Records. The Roots partner with multimedia design/entertainment firm Decon to form Okayplayer Records. News ...

  36. Beats & Rhymes

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Roots partner with multimedia design/entertainment firm Decon to form Okayplayer Records. The Roots partner with multimedia design/entertainment firm Decon to form Okayplayer Records. News ...

  37. Roots Launch Okayplayer Records

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Roots have formed a label, Okayplayer Records, in partnership with Decon, a multimedia design/entertainment company. Distribution is by RED. The Roots have formed a label, Okayplayer Records, in partnership with Decon, a multimedia design/ente ...