Tariq Trotter

Tariq Trotter was born in inner-city South Philadelphia. His father, Tom Trotter, was a devout member of the Nation of Islam as well as a member of a criminal organization known as Philadelphia's "Black Mafia," tied to ... Read more »
Born: 10/03/1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016 (Movie)

The Roots (Actor)

The Jim Gaffigan Show 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Get On Up 2014 (Movie)

Pee Wee Ellis (Actor)

On the Inside 2014 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Stealing Cars 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Yelling to the Sky 2012 (Movie)

Roland (Actor)

White Wash 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Night Catches Us 2010 (Movie)

Bostic Washington (Actor)

100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Explicit Ills 2009 (Movie)

Kaleef (Actor)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love the '70s 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Music (3)

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

("The Seed 2.0") (Song)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Boom") (Song)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

("The Hurricane" (with The Roots)) (Song Performer)
Producer (2)

Philly 4th of July Jam 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

SoundClash 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Tariq Trotter was born in inner-city South Philadelphia. His father, Tom Trotter, was a devout member of the Nation of Islam as well as a member of a criminal organization known as Philadelphia's "Black Mafia," tied to auto theft, extortion and drug dealing, among other crimes. The elder Trotter was murdered in a gangland execution in 1973. Living with his Muslim mother (who was herself a member of the Black Mafia) during the week and his Christian grandmother on weekends, Trotter had a troubled childhood marked by violence and despair, with an older brother who spent more than half his life in prison. But he was also well educated in private schools, and showed promise as a visual artist.

EDUCATION

Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts

1987 - 1991
Visual Arts.

Milestones

2009

The Roots become house band on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon".

2000

First film role in Spike Lee's "Bamboozled".

1999

First Gold record, <i>Things Fall Apart</i>.

1996

The Roots' first Top 40 single, "What They Do".

1993

The Roots' first album, <i>Organix</i>.

Bonus Trivia

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Raps the verses of The Roots' 2006 song "Here I Come," which is used as the "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" theme, during the show's closing credits as the host rans through the studio audience.

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