The Roots

Philadelphia soul/hip-hop collective the Roots delivered hip-hop that merges soul and jazz with old school-influenced beats and socially conscious lyrics that helped them ascend from the rap underground to mainstream ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1992 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Music (31)

Zoolander No. 2 2016 (Movie)

("Here I Come") (Song Performer)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Battle of the Year 3D 2013 (Movie)

("Boom") (Song Performer)

Don't Divorce Me! Kids' Rules fo Parents on Divorce 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Original Music

Grudge Match 2013 (Movie)

("Here I Come") (Song Performer)

Philly 4th of July Jam 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Music

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 2011 (Movie)

("At A Medium Pace") (Song Performer)

White Wash 2011 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Night Catches Us 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

The Karate Kid 2010 (Movie)

("Here I Come") (Song Performer)

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 2002 - 2003, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Music

Hancock 2008 (Movie)

("Here I Come") (Song Performer)

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

('The Seed 2.0") (Song Performer)

Stomp the Yard 2007 (Movie)

("In The Music") (Song Performer)

Superbad 2007 (Movie)

("Here I Come") (Song Performer)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Boom") (Song Performer)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006 (Tv Show)

Performer

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Performer

Chasing Liberty 2004 (Movie)

("The Seed") (Song Performer)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

("The Seed 2.0") (Song Performer)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("Act Too (Love Of My Life)") (Song Performer)

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

("Mantan Show Music" "Burn Hollywood Burn") (Song Performer)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

("The Anti-Circle") (Song Performer)

The Best Man 1999 (Movie)

("What You Want" (featuring Jaguar)) (Song Performer)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

("The Hurricane") (Song Performer)

Down in the Delta 1998 (Movie)

("Let It Go") (Song Performer)

The Watermelon Woman 1997 (Movie)

("Silent Treatment") (Song Performer)

High School High 1996 (Movie)

("The Good the Bad and the Desolate") (Song Performer)
Actor (27)

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

Performer

NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The Comedy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Nickelodeon Mega Music Fest 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Performer

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2010 (Tv Show)

Performer

The 2010 Miss Universe Pageant 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Performer

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

Themselves (Actor)

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Chasing Liberty 2004 (Movie)

Themselves (Actor)

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Chappelle's Show 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hard Rock Live 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Performer

Reverb 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 News Special: The New Soul Generation 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! 2001 (Movie)

Themsleves (Actor)

Brooklyn Babylon 2001 (Movie)

Themselves (Actor)

Red Hot + Rhapsody 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Philadelphia soul/hip-hop collective the Roots delivered hip-hop that merges soul and jazz with old school-influenced beats and socially conscious lyrics that helped them ascend from the rap underground to mainstream status as the house band for "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" (NBC, 2014- ). The group began as a duo - drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and rapper Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter - that began performing together while students at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. With the addition of bassist Leon "Hub" Hubbard and rapper Malik B., the Roots began performing at East Coast clubs, and released a debut album, <i>Organix</i>, in 1993. Their mix of hip-hop with live instruments and relatively few samples drew industry attention and led to a contract with DGC, which resulted in their major-label debut, <i>Do You Want More?!!!??!</i>. The album generated considerable interest from the alternative hip-hop community, which helped to boost its follow-up, <i>Illadelph Halflife</i> (1996), to the Top 40 on the <i>Billboard</i> 200. By the release of their third LP, <i>Things Fall Apart</i>, the Roots had added producer Scott Storch, vocalist Dice Raw and beatboxing veteran Rahzel to their lineup, and honed their sound to a blend of jazz-driven rhythms and poetic, socially astute observations; the result was their first gold record and Grammy Award for the single "You Got Me," which featured Erykah Badu and Eve. A series of high-profile assignments, including performing with Jay-Z at his 2003 concert at Madison Square Garden, preceded a string of critically and commercially successful studio albums, including the Top 5 records <i>The Tipping Point</i> (2004), as well as more experimental releases like the politically minded <i>Game Theory</i> (2006) and <i>Undun</i> (2011), which traced the downfall of a would-be criminal from his death to the events that led to it. Between these efforts were collaborations with John Legend on <i>Wake Up!</i> (2010) and Elvis Costello on <i>Wise Ghost</i> (2013), but the band's most high-profile project was as the house band on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (NBC, 2009-2014), which provided them with a mainstream showcase for their versatility. In 2014, the Roots followed Fallon to "The Tonight Show," where in addition to composing and performing its theme song, the band backed Fallon on numerous skits ("Slow Jam the News," where Fallon, Tariq and guests, including President Barack Obama, rhymed over a slow-boiling funk track) and the Classroom Instruments sketches, where the band played children's instruments behind musical guests like Mariah Carey and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Milestones

2014

The Roots became the "Tonight Show" house band when Fallon took over the show

2009

Jimmy Fallon tapped the band to serve as his house band on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

2003

Backed Jay-Z for his MTV special and Madison Square Garden appearances,

1996

Reached the <i>Billboard</i> Top 5 with <i>Things Fall Apart</i>

1993

The band released its first album, <i>Organix</i>

1993

Signed with DGC for second album, <i>Do You Want More?!!!??!</i>

1989

Questlove and Black Thought began performing together as The Square Roots

Bonus Trivia

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The band hosts the Roots Picnic, an annual music festival held in Philadelphia.

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Questlove's father was Lee Andrews, a R&B singer who performed with a doo-wop group called the Hearts.

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Featured in the 2006 documentary "Dave Chappelle's Block Party."

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The band was the first hip-hop act to perform at Lincoln Center (2002).

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Served as the backing band for soul legend Betty Wright on BettyWright: The Movie (2013).

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Received the "Heroes Award" from the Philadelphia branch of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2004.

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A lawsuit from a folk group called the Square Roots forced the band to adopt the moniker of "The Roots."

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