Happy Birthday to Tariq Trotter a.k.a. Black Thought, Born October 3, 1973
Mandinka people of Senegal. The Square Roots renamed themselves the Roots and released their debut . Black Thought, who co-founded The Roots with drummer Questlove (Ahmir Thompson), is widely lauded for The Roots album Organix in 1993. The Roots signed to DGC and followed up with Do You Want More?!!!??! in 1995 is the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots, as well as an occasional actor Square Roots: the other one was Malik B., whom Tariq met in college. In high-school, Black Thought
Happy Birthday to Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Born January 20, 1971
level, emulating his original street setups. The Roots' lineup was soon completed, with Questlove on " for her 2002 album Stripped. In 2002, he and The Roots released the critically acclaimed Phrenology The Roots , he had founded a band called The Square Roots (later dropping the word "square") with his friend You Want More?!!!??! and Illadelph Halflife, respectively. In 1999, The Roots had mainstream success Award-winning band The Roots. The Roots have been serving as the in-house band for The Tonight Show
PLAYLIST | Portrait of the Artist Volume 8: The Roots
-hop. In honor of The Roots’ prolific and consistently excellent discography to date, we’ve compiled —culled from their extensive recorded repertoire. To quote one of The Roots’ most recognizable tunes, you shall proceed to stream the playlist below or here, and join us in celebrating The Roots today and The Roots PLAYLIST | Portrait of the Artist Volume 8: The Roots calling as one of hip-hop’s most dynamic and innovative acts of all time. Indeed, the Legendary Roots watchable is its charismatic house band, The Roots. But for many of us whose formative musical
WATCH: Jimmy Fallon Channels ‘80s Era LL Cool J in Spot-On “Going Back to Cali” Clip
of The Roots crew. Watch the short clip below, followed by LL Cool J’s original video, and tune in Awards last night for the fifth consecutive year, LL makes a cameo appearance in the clip, as do members
LISTEN: Izo FitzRoy Shares “Day By Day” from Forthcoming Debut Album ‘Skyline’
Steeped in the roots of soul, funk and gospel, FitzRoy's latest single provides a window into the world of the raw, fiercely voiced singer-songwriter. the roots of soul, funk and gospel, this single provides a window into the world of a raw, fiercely
100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums: The Clash’s ‘The Clash’ (1977)
" could be played in a club today and have the dance floor full and jumping. The roots of punk rock's the punk wave and they rode it out until the end, always staying true to their roots and message. LISTEN:
PLAYLIST | Portrait of the Artist Volume 2: Erykah Badu
Roots, Wu-Tang Clan, among many others. Stream the playlist below or here, and join us in celebrating Rhymes, Common, D’Angelo, Robert Glasper, Guru, J Dilla, Talib Kweli, Janelle Monáe, OutKast, The
ALBUM REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle’s ‘Kids In The Street’ Extends His Career Ascension
his stuff. There's all the roots of classic country here: jail troubles, old houses, all without
Happy Birthday to Raphael Saadiq, Born May 14, 1966
-group. Saadiq also had his hand in producing material for the likes of Macy Gray, TLC, the Roots, and
100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums: Jill Scott’s ‘Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1’ (2000)
premier men in late ‘90s R&B. Rappers Common and The Roots were both finally enjoying some
Happy Birthday to Common, Born March 13, 1972
progressive hip-hop movement, Mos Def and Talib Kweli's Black Star and the Roots' Things Fall Apart Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Cee-Lo, and the Roots' Black Thought. The album was well
PLAYLIST | Portrait of the Artist Volume 5: Raphael Saadiq
, Snoop Dogg, and The Roots. The 70-track playlist also includes a solid sampling of other artists
Happy Birthday to Booker T. Jones, Born November 12, 1944
-based hip-hop/modern soul collective the Roots. Jones returned to Stax Records, now under the Concord Willie Nelson to John Lee Hooker, from Soul Asylum to the Roots. Booker T. Jones was born in Memphis
Remembering King Tubby Today on What Would Have Been His 77th Birthday (Born 1/28/41)
aforementioned Dub From the Roots set while King Tubby also joined forces with Lee Perry for Blackboard Dub From the Roots album, and more were featured on the follow-up, King Tubby Meets the Aggrovators at took on Ranking Joe and the Roots Radics for the excellent Dangerous Dub. It was to be one of the last concentrates on Brown's more roots-conscious work for the equally masterful Termination Dub. Another client Dub Station. Years later, the British Klik label reissued most of Roots as Shalom Dub, buttressed
PLAYLIST | Portrait of the Artist Volume 10: Hieroglyphics
fully intact. East coast icons De La Soul, Nas, The Roots, and the Wu-Tang Clan unequivocally
Happy Birthday to Erykah Badu, Born February 26, 1971
several tracks. The first single, "On & On," became a number one R&B hit in early 1997, and Baduizm for Baduizm, which also starred bassist Ron Carter and members of hip-hop avatars The Roots on
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Erykah Badu’s Debut Album ‘Baduizm’
of soul music during the late ‘90s and early 2000s. It was The Roots again who drove the neck The Roots would become the lynchpin of this sound, the eye at the center of this whirlwind of
Happy Birthday to Jill Scott, Born April 4, 1972
the Roots, who invited her to join the band in the studio, resulting in the co-composition "You Got Me
Loves of His Life: Albumism’s Justin Chadwick Selects the 10 Albums He Can’t Live Without
always will. The Roots | Do You Want More?!!!??! | 1995 | Buy | Musically, what initially struck me the mid ‘90s, and certainly not like anything you’ll hear today. The Roots are the quintessential
Happy Birthday to John Legend, Born December 28, 1978
another change of course. Wake Up!, in which he was backed by the Roots, was released in September 2010
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