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Watch Megan Thee Stallion, Public Enemy & Nas, DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, More Perform At A Very Different BET Awards

The awards show is changing. When you can't put dozens of celebrities in the same room for a live telecast, things don't work the same anymore. They look especially different when it comes to the BET Awards. Last night, the cable network aired its annual awards show, which was nothing like last year's … More »
Tags: Music, News, Nas, Yg, Public Enemy, The Roots, Rapsody, Black Thought, BET Awards, Jahi, DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, Megan Thee Stallion, Uestlove, Watch Megan Thee Stallion Public Enemy amp, Nas DaBaby Roddy Ricch

The Morning Watch: ‘Hamilton’ Reunion on ‘The Tonight Show’, VFX Artists React to ‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, the original cast of Hamilton reunites virtually on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. Plus, watch as visual effects artists react to the work done on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Looper, and ...
Tags: Movies, Jimmy-Fallon, Disney, Russell-Crowe, Ryan Gosling, The Tonight Show, Visual Effects, Edgar Wright, Hamilton, The Roots, Lin-manuel Miranda, Looper, Scott Pilgrim, Video Of The Day, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Abyss

Watch The Roots & Michelle Obama’s Virtual Roots Picnic Festival Feat. SZA, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, H.E.R., EarthGang, & More

The Roots' annual Roots Picnic music festival is going virtual this year, and they've partnered with Michelle Obama and her When We All Vote organization to get fans registered to vote. SZA, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, H.E.R., EarthGang, Polo G, G Herbo, and Kirk Franklin are among the artists who will perform, while … More »
Tags: Music, News, Michelle Obama, The Roots, Kirk Franklin, Roots Picnic, SZA, Earthgang, H.e.r, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, SZA Lil Baby

The Roots teach a 'Schoolhouse Rock!'-style lesson on slavery

The season premiere of the TV show black-ish featured this Schoolhouse Rock!-inspired history lesson about the ending of slavery in America. That alone would be cool but they went the extra mile and created animated versions of The Roots to tell the story. It's really well done and quite poignant. Sing along... to the tune of "I'm just a bill" (lyrics cribbed from the YouTube comment's section): I am a slave Yes, I'm only a slave They'll place my body in an unmarked grave In these confederate...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Youtube, America, Black-ish, The Roots, Juneteenth, Schoolhouse Rock, Real American History, Today I am still just a slave

20 Years Ago, Eminem’s “Stan” Predicted The Dark Side Of Modern Fandom

Eminem must have been trembling. It was 4 o'clock in the morning sometime last month, and he'd been awakened by a blaring alarm in his Detroit-area home. When he reached the bottom of the staircase, he came face to face with a stranger in his living room. Somehow this 26-year-old had evaded Em's security detail … More »
Tags: Music, Jimmy Fallon, Ben Affleck, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, David Bowie, Eminem, Queen, Harry Styles, Detroit, Kehlani, Goldie Hawn, The Roots, The Week In Pop, Onerepublic

Roots Founders Questlove, Black Thought Sign First-Look Deal at Universal TV, UTV Alternative Studio

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter of the iconic hip-hop collective The Roots and their production company, Two One Five Entertainment, have signed a first-look deal with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Universal Television. “The Roots are innovators and cultural tastemakers whose breadth of musical knowledge is unparalleled,” said Meredith Ahr, President, NBC […]
Tags: News, Thompson, The Roots, Trotter, Universal Television, Ahmir, Tarik, Meredith Ahr, Universal Television Alternative Studio, Two One Five Entertainment

‘Together at Home’ Producer Talks Landing the Rolling Stones, Uniting Networks, Ignoring WHO Politicization

You can sometimes get what you want — even an attention-grabbing appearance by the separate-but-united Rolling Stones — when you’re Global Citizen and there is seemingly no global superstar too big to turn down “One World: Together at Home.” Saturday night’s prime-time show included turns from a Beatle, Paul McCartney, too, as well as currently […]
Tags: News, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Fallon, The Rolling Stones, Sam Smith, Paul Mccartney, World Health Organization, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Global Citizen, The Roots, Lizzo, Eddie Vedder, Christine And The Queens, Hugh Evans, Burna Boy

Together At Home Highlights: Watch Billie Eilish, Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, & More

Yesterday was the One World: Together At Home concert, which was organized by Global Citizen and Lady Gaga as a fundraiser to support the World Health Organization and the healthcare workers that are fighting to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. It went on for a long time, with six hours of livestream pre-show and … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Fallon, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Chris Martin, Sam Smith, Elton John, Paul Mccartney, Jennifer Lopez, World Health Organization, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Keith Urban

Watch Black Thought Debut Three Songs In Tiny Desk Concert

For the past few weeks, The Tonight Show has moved to something that Jimmy Fallon films in his own apartment, and the members of Fallon's house band the Roots have been getting into their own projects. ?uestlove, for instance, has been playing Instagram Live DJ sets at home. And now Black Thought has turned up … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Jimmy Fallon, Fallon, The Roots, Black Thought, Tiny Desk Concert, Portugal the Man, Sean C

For Questlove, ‘Soul Train’ Is His Happy Place

A founding member of The Roots shares the TV shows, artists and “robe type things” that top his list of essentials.
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Philadelphia Street Named After The Roots

The Roots have been a Philadelphia institution for decades. ?uestlove and Black Thought, the two original members who are still in the band, formed the Roots in 1987, when they were both students and a Philly performing-arts high school. They played their first show -- not counting street-corner busking -- at a 1989 talent show, … More »
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Philadelphia Street Named in the Roots’ Honor

Philadelphia has honored long-running hometown hip-hop act the Roots by naming a stretch of a city street “Avenue of the Roots.” The sign on the stretch of East Passyunk Avenue between South Street and Bainbridge Streets, near where the group got their start, received one of the city’s distinctive red footnotes, according to the Philadelphia […]
Tags: News, Philadelphia, The Roots, South Street, Bainbridge Streets

Watch A Deranged-Looking Lil Wayne Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Lil Wayne wore the following things when he was the musical guest on The Tonight Show last night: A red beret with spikes sticking out of it, a giant fur coat with some kind of skatepunk-looking logo across the back, huge black sunglasses, and what appeared to be a white-and-plaid dress. He wore this dress … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Jimmy Fallon, Lil Wayne, Fallon, The Roots

Songs for Screens: Post Malone, Missy Elliott, Lil Nas X Lead Red-Hot Super Bowl Synch Market

With inventory beyond sold-out and the cost of 30-second spots soaring to as high as $5.6 million just to secure ad time, the demand for Super Bowl advertising continues to reach new peaks in an otherwise fractured media marketplace. And music licensing is following suit, with multiple synchs surpassing the $1 million threshold, and an […]
Tags: News, The Rolling Stones, Super Bowl, The Roots, Post Malone, Missy Elliott, Universal Music Publishing Group, MC Hammer, SONY/ATV Music Publishing, H.e.r, Music for Screens, Songs for Screens, Lil Nas X, Post Malone Missy Elliott Lil Nas

Grammys 2020: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

What a sad, fraught, fucked-up night of television. The week before this year's Grammy Awards, the show had already become a vast neon-lit symbol of everything that has always been wrong with the entertainment industry. In the days just before the show, Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan was kicked out of office, and … More »
Tags: Music, Usher, Bonnie Raitt, Nas, List, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Fka Twigs, Yg, Gwen Stefani, Diplo, Demi Lovato, John Legend, Misty Copeland, Grammys, Tyler The Creator

VOTD: The Cast of ‘Cats’ Remixed “Memory” with Jimmy Fallon and Won’t Haunt Your Dreams Like the Movie

While Emperor Palpatine returns to bring evil back to a galaxy far, far away, a different kind of nightmare is brewing in theaters this weekend alongside Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Cats arrives in theaters everywhere today, adapting the long-running hit Broadway musical of the same name. If the reviews are to be believed, this movie is nightmare fuel to the max. Thankfully, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon made the movie, or at least part of it, a little easier to swallow. The cast...
Tags: Movies, Taylor Swift, Cats, Jimmy-Fallon, Adaptation, Universal, Musical, James Corden, The Tonight Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jason Derulo, The Roots, Palpatine, Video Of The Day, Hoai Tran Bui, Jennifer-Hudson

Watch Wilco Play “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)” On Seth Meyers

There's something almost anti-glamorous about the way Wilco handle late-night TV performances. Other artists treat televised performances as make-or-break events, and they do everything they can to make an impression. Wilco roll up, rumpled and bedraggled, play some pretty music, and bounce This isn't new for them. More »
Tags: Video, Music, Wilco, Seth Meyers, The Roots

Watch EarthGang Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Back in September, about an hour after they released their debut album Mirrorland, I watched the Atlanta rap duo EarthGang play a sweaty, energetic set in a converted Raleigh movie theater. While they were up there, something occurred to me: EarthGang are going to be on the lineup of every single big outdoor festival next … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Jimmy Fallon, Atlanta, Fallon, The Roots, Earthgang

Watch Angel Olsen Sing A Goosebump-Inducing “All Mirrors” With An Orchestra On Fallon

Today, Angel Olsen releases All Mirrors, her absolute stunner of a new album. It's one of 2019's best. Last night, she gave the LP a grand rollout on network television. Olsen was the musical guest on The Tonight Show, and she brought a whole orchestra -- or at least a giant string section … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Fallon, Fallon, The Roots, Olsen, Angel Olsen

Watch Robbie Robertson & The Roots Play “Let Love Reign” On Fallon

Before last night, Robbie Robertson, longtime frontman of the Band and general all-around rock legend, hadn't played on a late-night show in about eight years. But last night, Robertson fixed that. These days, the man has a lot going on. He scored the much-anticipated new movie The Irishman, the latest from Robertson's Last Waltz-era buddy … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Jimmy Fallon, Fallon, The Roots, Robertson, Robbie Robertson, The Band

The Who Did One Of Those Classroom Instruments Videos With Jimmy Fallon

The Who, foundational UK rock-monsters and noted weed haters, have never been cute. That has never been their appeal. Instead, they've always been a primal-scream sort of band -- miserable bastards with prodigious pill appetites who have always used all the technology at their disposal to make colossal, elemental noise. But right now, … More »
Tags: Music, UK, Jimmy Fallon, The Who, The Roots

Questlove Shares Hilarious Story About DJing for Obama at The White House

On the latest episode of their Broken Record podcast, Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin sit down with the one and only Questlove. In the two-part interview, Quest discusses working on D’Angelo’s Voodoo and the genius of Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall, the evolution of his drumming style and his tenure on the The Tonight Show, and much more. Read more after the jump… The highlight, however, is when Questlove talks about that time he DJed for Obama at The White House. It’s a story you might h...
Tags: Obama, Interviews, Montana, White House, Barack Obama, Jazz, Michael Jackson, Lol, D'angelo, Questlove, Malcolm Gladwell, The Roots, Rick Rubin, Donna Summer, Broken Record

The 2019 Roots Picnic Lineup Has Been Revealed

With The Roots, H.E.R, Raphael Saadiq, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Ari Lennox, (podcast) Joe Budden, and more.
Tags: News, Jazz, The Roots, Joe Budden, Raphael Saadiq, Savage Lil Baby Ari Lennox

The Roots to Perform ‘Things Fall Apart’ in Full at Roots Picnic 2019

Things Fall Apart, the Grammy-nominated, Platinum-certified album that turned The Roots into a household name, turned 20 last month (this oral history by Questlove is a must-read). To celebrate, they’re performing the LP in its entirety at this year’s Roots Picnic. Read more after the jump… Questlove said the performance will include “special guests.” Given that Mos Def is already on the lineup as part of Black Thought and J. Period’s Live Mixtape showcase, while the Soulquarians — the ne...
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Roots Picnic 2019 Lineup

Every year, eternal rap treasures the Roots bring a whole lot of musical acts to their Philadelphia hometown. Usually, the lineup of the group's Roots Picnic festival is a fascinating pile-up: Young rap insurgents, aging rap legends, random indie rockers. But now the Roots have announced the lineup for this year's festival, and … More »
Tags: Music, News, Philadelphia, The Roots, Roots Picnic

Siri How Do I Delete Someone Else’s YouTube

Tags: Video, Music, Jimmy Fallon, Siri, Weezer, A-ha, The Roots

Things Fall Apart Turns 20

Many people only know the Roots as Jimmy Fallon’s band on The Tonight Show. While that should be a criminal offense, it exemplifies how underrated and underappreciated the Roots’ legacy in hip-hop (and all of music) is. There are no prodigious sales numbers to boast. There is no pile of Grammys. Yet solely from an … More »
Tags: Music, Jimmy Fallon, Questlove, The Anniversary, The Roots