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The Roots

Formed 1987.

seminal hip hop group

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The Roots are an American hip hop/neo soul band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots are known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments. Malik B., Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, and Josh Abrams were added to the band (formerly named "The Square Roots").

Since its first independent album-length release the band has released 10 studio albums, two EPs, two collaboration albums (with other artists), and also collaborated on recordings and in live shows with a wide variety of artists in many musical genres. The Roots served as the house band on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014, and in the same role (and accompanying show guest artists) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since 2014. The Roots' work has been consistently met with critical acclaim. About.com ranked the band #7 on its list of the 25 Best Hip-Hop Groups of All-Time, calling them "Hip-hop's first legitimate band."

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of undun

    undun 2011

    Reviewed by Marcus J. Moore
    The hip hop veterans prove they can tell a captivating story on their latest studio LP.
  2. Review of How I Got Over

    How I Got Over 2010

    Reviewed by Lou Thomas
    The seminal hip hop group’s ninth album is another classic-in-waiting.
  3. Review of The Tipping Point

    The Tipping Point 2004

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    ...the power of this band to move feet as well as minds remains undiminished.
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