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Philadelphia, United States (1993 – present)

The Roots, also known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Square Roots and The Foundation, are an influential, Grammy winning hip hop group based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. Inspired by the “hip-hop band” concept pioneered by Stetsasonic, the Roots themselves have garnered critical acclaim and influenced later hip-hop and R&B acts.

The Roots’ original lineup included Black Thought (MC vocals) and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), who were classmates at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. As they began to play at school and on the streets, they added another MC named Malik B., bassist Leonard Hubbardand keyboardist Scott Storch. Another MC, Dice Raw, frequently made album appearances with the group from 1995 to 1999 before leaving to record a solo album. Scott Storch also left to pursue career as a producer following the Do You Want More?!!!??! album, He produced songs such as Still D.R.E. by Dr Dre. The Roots filled his void with another keyboardist, KAMAL who is still a member. A beatboxer named Rahzel also joined the group and contributed from 1995-1999. Alongside Rahzel was vocal turntablist, Scratch who greatly contributed to The Roots’ sound, most notably in live concerts. He left the group in 2003. Malik B. left the group in 2000. A guitarist, Ben Kenney, enjoyed a short stint with the group and contributed to their Phrenology album, but left to join Incubus.


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  • B-Roz

    If you were worried 'bout where I been or who I saw or what club I went to with my homies baby don't worry you know that you got me

    4 Mar 7:19pm Reply
  • agentzerooo

    I've lost a lot of sleep to dreamsssss

    20 Feb 12:25am Reply
  • Harry_01

    Damn, Game Theory is really great.

    18 Jan 2:13pm Reply
  • Viktor247

    "i really adore them, but that the seed is by far their most popular song is actually an insult to what they did in all those years..." i kinda agree. But i really do think it's a great song but the roots are so much more!

    11 Jan 10:33pm Reply
  • -GS-

    I feel like TYSYC is their best since Game Theory. Which was the best since Things Fall Apart, which, while some consider that their best, I'd give that to either Game Theory, Do You Want More?!!!??! or Illadelph Halflife.

    8 Jan 2:03am Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Gonna stir up the ol' shoutbox. The Roots : Still are Jimmy Fallon's bitches. Happy New Year everyone.

    1 Jan 9:36pm Reply
  • piccochimusic

    Black Thought & J Period Perform 'Fire' At The Boombox's 16 Bars

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Luky7

    Slovak Hip-Hop

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MathianSim

    Getting to see The Roots everyday on Fallon makes life a little bit better.

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • punkyboom

    De puta madre!!

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • AndrewCG

    The Dark (Trinity) is very deep. awesome...

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • fekko

    in my opinion the new record is actually the best they did in a very, very long time.

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    my nigguz

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • sjm26b

    I really dont understand their new album. Really liked undun, though.

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • fekko

    i really adore them, but that the seed is by far their most popular song is actually an insult to what they did in all those years...

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • damnroads

    ... and then you shoot your cousin

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • KiDNaGi

    well .. the last 2 albums are conceptual... building specific atmosphere during the entire album.. not for everyday listening.. looking at it as a whole imho &TYSYC successfully fulfilled its purpose

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Yeah_Brah

    @KiDNaGi - thats the thing tho - there is nothing deep about the new album. I think it's aiming for "deep" or experimental but it fails hard. I'm sure that many people are scared to say that they don't like the last 2 albums cuz somebody is going to tell them that they "don't get it". We all see that they are on their musical trip, it's just that the trip has been boring for a while.

    29 Jun 2014 Reply
  • John__Lemon

    I'd love a black thought solo. Any chance though?

    18 Jun 2014 Reply
  • piccochimusic

    The Roots ft Patty Crash - Never (Video)

    17 Jun 2014 Reply
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