1. Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel Rework 'Let It Go' Using Classroom Instruments: Watch

    March 04, 2014 2:45 AM EST Idina Menzel has had a whirlwind 24 hours. After the Frozen showstopper "Let It Go" won the Academy Award for original song Sunday, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots recruited Menzel for the latest performance using classroom instruments on Mon ...

  2. Roots Picnic 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    June 04, 2012 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Day two of Philadelphia's fifth annual Roots Picnic came with a couple of problems. The weather was uncooperative -- an afternoon downpour delayed the main stage sets and sent the entire crowd inside the already-cramped dance tent. To make matt ...

  3. Music, Laughs Served Up at 'Larry's Country Diner'

    May 24, 2012 2:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 There is a show business saying about knowing your audience. Larry Black definitely knows the country audience. Since the mid 1990s, he has been the brainpower behind the wildly successful "Country's Family Reunion" DVD series. He als ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Watch President Obama Slow-Jam The News with The Roots on 'Fallon'

    April 25, 2012 9:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 his ...

  6. Producer Dave Tozer Talks New John Legend Album

    January 25, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 John Legend is in a darker space for his fourth solo studio album. Following the 2008 release of his last solo LP "Evolver" and the socio-political "Wake Up!" collaboration with The Roots , Legend has teamed up yet again with pro ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. The Roots See New Album Becoming a Movie or Play

    December 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Also: Co-Founder Black Thought Regrets 'Misogynistic Tone' of Michele Bachmann Prank The Roots are hoping that their new "Undun," with its strong thematic and narrative string, will become more than just an album in the future. & ...

  9. The Roots Release 'Tip the Scale' Video: Watch

    November 08, 2011 10:06 PM EST 0 0 0 The Roots ' countdown to "Undun" continues with the video for "Tip the Scale." The black-and-white video is the latest preview of the hip-hop mainstays' December-due concept album about a "kid who becomes criminal, ...

  10. The Roots Plotting 'Orchestral' New Album

    June 03, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 For the follow-up to the Roots ' 2010 album, "How I Got Over," drummer ?uestlove says the veteran hip-hop band is planning a "concept album" with orchestral arrangements. "This is going to be our first full-fledged narr ...

  11. Karmin Performs 'Look at Me Now' with the Roots: Watch

    May 07, 2011 2:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Well, look at them now. Karmin, the YouTube sensation known for nailing Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne's flows with alarming skill, joined none other than the Roots onstage at a Tufts University show last weekend -- and of course, the duo captured ...

  12. Jill Scott Reps for Philadelphia in New 'Shame' Video

    April 15, 2011 11:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 Philadelphia's own, Jill Scott , pays homage to her hometown in the visuals for her track "Shame," off her fourth album, "The Light of the Sun." The Devin Hampton-directed video was shot in the Cecil B. Moore Recreaton Cente ...

  13. Video: Stephen Colbert, Taylor Hicks Sing Rebecca Black's 'Friday' on 'Fallon'

    April 02, 2011 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kicking off the weekend in style, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" hosted a fairly incredible performance of Rebecca Black's universally mocked hit "Friday" last night (April 1) that featured Stephen Colbert, Taylor Hicks , th ...

  14. Chuck D, The Roots Rock 'Fight the Power' on 'Fallon'

    March 31, 2011 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chuck D, Eclectic Method and Clyde Stubblefield -- AKA the Copyright Criminals All-Star Bad -- stopped by "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday night (Mar. 29) to play the Public Enemy classic "Fight the Power" alongside members ...

  15. The Roots Draft Nas, Wiz Khalifa for Fourth Philly Picnic

    February 28, 2011 10:11 PM EST 0 0 0 The Roots have drafted Nas , Wiz Khalifa and recent best new artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding for their fourth annual Roots Picnic concert, at hometown venue Festival Pier in Philadelphia, Pa. Also on the bill for the June 4 event are recentl ...

  16. DJ Soul Drops 'Big Pun Tribute' Mixtape

    February 08, 2011 2:41 PM EST 0 0 0 To celebrate his 11th death anniversary yesterday (Feb. 7), friend of the Juice DJ Soul finally dropped his " Big Pun Tribute" mixtape, which originally supposed to drop last year. Soul plans to release the tape on iTunes and donate all th ...

  17. Ghostface Killah's 'Apollo Kids' Track-By-Track

    December 15, 2010 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 After releasing offbeat R&B exploration "Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City" last year, Wu-Tang Clan MC Ghostface Killah returns to creating pummeling street rap with "Apollo Kids," his ninth studio album set for a D ...

  18. John Legend and The Roots 'Wake' Everybody Up

    August 19, 2010 12:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 John Legend and The Roots are rousing everyone up today (Aug. 19) with the first official video from their collaborative album "Wake Up!" Video: John Legend and The Roots' "Wake Up Everybody" The "Wake Up Everybody" ...

  19. Roots Picnic / June 5, 2010 / Philadelphia (Festival Pier at Penn's Landing)

    June 07, 2010 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 In only its third year, the Roots Picnic has established itself as Philadelphia's premiere outdoor summer festival thanks to a mix-and-match collection of bands and relaxed atmosphere. Although a few aggravating scheduling problems threatened t ...

  20. Run-DMC Reunion Out, Wu-Tang In For 2010 Roots Picnic

    May 06, 2010 5:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 A planned reunion gig by Run-DMC at this summer's Roots Picnic has been scrapped, drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson revealed today during a live interview with Billboard.com. Instead, The Roots will serve as backing band for a trio o ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Vampire Weekend Anchors Third Roots Picnic Fest

    March 01, 2010 11:07 PM EST 0 0 0 V ampire Weekend will headline the third annual Roots Picnic, which will also feature a performance by the Philadelphia-based Roots plus two associated side projects from drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and rapper Tariq "Black Thou ...

  23. Roots To Debut New Single On 'Jimmy Fallon'

    June 23, 2009 5:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Roots will debut the title track from their upcoming album, "How I Got Over," tomorrow (June 24) on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," where they currently serve as the house band. The group shot a video for the track earlier th ...

  24. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets an international launch. Egrem enters the U.K. market with 10 CDs released through a deal with Beckenham, 2004 - For the first time in its 60-year history, ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Styles P Preps 'Supa' Solo CD, Lox Reunion Disc

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A new solo album and a fresh LOX effort means we'll be hearing a lot from New York rapper Styles P in the near future. A new solo album and a fresh LOX effort means we'll be hearing a lot from New York rapper Styles P in the near future. T ...

  27. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets an international launch. Egrem enters the U.K. market with 10 CDs released through a deal with Beckenham, 2004 - For the first time in its 60-year history, ...

  28. Prince, Andre 3000 Bolster West's 'Never Forget'

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dr. Cornel West's upcoming album, "Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations," touches down at a time when renewed debate over hip-hop lyrics and video imaging is still swirling post-Don Imus. Prince, Ta Dr. Cornel West's upcoming a ...

  29. All Politics is Funkalicious

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 I think that it was their detailed account of how the U.S. supported Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war -- told in the form of a butt-bumping block-party dance anthem -- that convinced me the Cou I think that it was their detailed account of ho ...

  30. Vegoose's 'Roots'

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Roots storm the stage at Vegoose. Black Thought of the band the Roots' performs at the Vegoose Music Festival on Oct. 29 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. News Black Thought ...

  31. The Roots / Sept. 27, 2006 / Jacksonville, Fla. (Plush)

    October 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Being routinely called the Best Live Act In Hip-Hop is a little like being the Best Post-WWII Cubs Playoff Team: not only is the talent pool something that could charitably be called shallow, it's pro Being routinely called the Best Live Act In ...

  32. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>New York's hip-hop community comes out at New York's New Age Cabaret in support of the Black August Hip-Hop Collective. The organization's third-annual benefit concert features appearanc 2004 - For the first ...

  33. Roots Get Back In The 'Game' On New Album

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Roots' long-in-the-works debut for Def Jam, "Game Theory," will be released Aug. 29. Group members ?uestlove and Black Thought were joined by Def Jam chairman Jay-Z at a media playback of the set The Roots' long-in-the-works ...

  34. THE COUP, "Pick a Bigger Weapon"

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Longtime funk/hip-hop collective the Coup relocates to the punk outpost Epitaph for a set full of the fist-up militantism both outlets have become synonymous with. Longtime funk/hip-hop collective the Coup relocates to the punk outpost Epitaph for a ...

  35. The Coup Loads Up With Kweli, Biafra

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Funk/rap duo the Coup will crown a new deal with Epitaph with the April 25 release of its fifth studio album, "Pick a Bigger Weapon." Funk/rap duo the Coup will crown a new deal with Epitaph with the April 25 release of its fifth studio al ...

  36. Hip-Hop Heavyweights

    November 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Several notable hip-hop artists are dropping new albums this week, led by up-and-coming Houston rapper Chamillionaire's "The Sound of Revenge." Several notable hip-hop artists are dropping new albums this week, led by up-and-coming Ho ...

  37. Linkin Park's Shinoda Rears Fort Minor

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Linkin Park principal Mike Shinoda will unveil his side project, Fort Minor, with the upcoming album "The Rising Tied." Linkin Park principal Mike Shinoda will unveil his side project, Fort Minor, with the upcoming album "The Rising T ...

  38. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>New York's hip-hop community comes out at New York's New Age Cabaret in support of the Black August Hip-Hop Collective. The organization's third-annual benefit concert features appearanc 2004 - For the first ...

  39. Billboard Bits: LaToya London, Summer Storm, McClinton

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on LaToya London, Summer Storm, McClinton Third-season "American Idol" finalist LaToya London will release her debut album, "Love & Life," Sept. 20 via Concord. First single "Appreciate" features a guest spot f ...

  40. The Tipping Point

    July 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On its sixth studio set, the Philadelphia-based quartet—drummer ?uestlove, MC Black Thought, keyboardist Kamal and bassist Leonard Hubbard—returns to hip-hop basics. On its sixth studio set, the Philadelphia-based quartet—drummer ?uestlove, MC Black ...

  41. Hot Product

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Roots 'Point' Taken On its sixth studio set, "The Tipping Point," Philadelphia-based quartet the Roots -- drummer ?uestlove, MC Black Thought, keyboardist Kamal and bassist Leonard Hubbard-- returns to hip-hop basics. An homa ...

  42. The Roots Kicking Out The Jams

    October 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In keeping with its unconventional ways, the Roots have been hosting a series of jam sessions to inspire its forthcoming Geffen set, "Tipping Point." In keeping with its unconventional ways, the Roots have been hosting a series of jam sess ...

  43. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Bruce Springsteen fans flock to stores for the release of "The Rising," the Boss' first album with the E Street Band since 1987. 2002 - Bruce Springsteen fans flock to stores for the release of "The Risi ...

  44. Quality

    December 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With two albums under his belt via collaborations with Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek, underground darling Talib Kweli makes his solo debut with Quality. RELEASE DATE: Nov. 19 With two albums under his belt via collaborations with Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek, unde ...

  45. Black Star Alum Kweli Offers 'Quality'

    October 03, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Talib Kweli, the New York-based rapper who rose to fame via two high-profile collaborative albums on Rawkus Records -- "Black Star" (with Mos Def) and "Reflection Eternal" (with producer Hi-Tek) -- wi Talib Kweli, the New York-ba ...

  46. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Rappers Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule are charged with using indecent language during performances in the resort town of Montego Bay. 2001 - Rappers Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule are charged with using indecent language during performanc ...

  47. Springsteen Soars To No. 1 With 'The Rising'

    August 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" (Columbia) rockets to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after selling 525,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to earn the Boss his best week ever in the SoundScan era Bruce Springsteen's "Th ...

  48. The Embodiment of Instrumentation

    June 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Vocal turntablism—more commonly known as beatboxing—has long taken a back seat to the other elements of hip-hop. But no more. Vocal turntablism—more commonly known as beatboxing—has long taken a back seat to the other elements of hip-hop. But no mor ...

  49. The Roots' Scratch Goes Solo

    May 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Scratch -- a member of Philadelphia-based hip-hop band the Roots -- takes his love of the art of beatboxing, or "vocal percussion," as it is often called, to the next level with his solo debut, "The E Beatboxing, or "vocal percus ...

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