The Roots

Hip Hop

Sun  1 September 2013
00:15 - 01:30
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The Roots

Hip hop/neo soul band The Roots originated in Philadelphia and was formed in 1987 by Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter en Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson. The band is famed for their jazzy approach to hip hop with live instruments. Besides making their own albums, the band is also known for their many collaborations with artists such as Jay-Z, John Legend and Betty Wright, with whom they released the album Betty Wright: The Movie in 2011. During their years of existence, The Roots have been nominated for and received many Grammy and other awards. Well-known singles were 2003’s The Seed (2.0) featuring Cody ChestnuTT and 2010’s Wake Up Everybody, with John Legend, Common and Melanie Fiona. In 2009, The Roots became the house band on popular talkshow Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.