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The Roots

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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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  • sjm26b

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

    26 Jul 3:11am 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 7:29pm Reply
  • damnroads

    ... and then you shoot your cousin

    3 Jul 8:30pm 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 9:27pm 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 10:50am Reply
  • John__Lemon

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

    18 Jun 10:09am Reply
  • piccochimusic

    The Roots ft Patty Crash - Never (Video) http://www.ok-tho.com/2014/06/the-roots-ft-patty-crash-never-video.html

    17 Jun 10:53pm Reply
  • KiDNaGi

    maybe sometimes less is more.. need more black thought? yall should be demanding for solo blackthought album.. wake up.. this is the roots on their musical trip.. deep stuff..

    17 Jun 11:35am Reply
  • John__Lemon

    5.5/10 for the new record. Not great. http://www.bensbigblog.com.au/2014/06/the-roots-and-then-you-shoot-your-cousin.html "The problem with ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is it is wildly inconsistent. There are moments of pure brilliance, and everytime Black Thought graces the microphone you shut up and listen because his demeanour demands attention. Each character he embodies takes on their own life, and he alone carries the concept to it's end. The rest of the band seem restless, jumping around through musical interludes that bare little resemblance to the overall mood. More Black Thought please, the man is a genius. "

    17 Jun 10:51am Reply
  • mlaclau

    New album is all over the place, not liking it at all. The whole opera angle and then going "Whats for breakfast?? Cheeseburgers!!" is jarring as hell. That Black Rock song with Dice Raw is off key, don't know whats up with that.

    16 Jun 2:32pm Reply
  • Irrelevant_C

    Can see why people don't like the new album. Definitely one of the worst I've heard by them

    15 Jun 2:42pm Reply
  • KempowyGuziec

    NEVER is perfection. [2]

    2 Jun 6:59am Reply
  • RaulRoque

    Review: http://railwayjourney.net/2014/05/31/sp16/

    31 May 5:45am Reply
  • fimikfimik

    ...more of an EP than an album. [2] The length of the album is just ridiculous. The Dark (Trinity) is the only track I can listen to, the rest are so weak and boring.

    31 May 4:18am Reply
  • vince_1523

    Not diggin the last album.

    29 May 10:22am Reply
  • Sele_Na

    NEVER is perfection.

    29 May 10:01am Reply
  • shaolin86

    biles is spot on; the new album isn't their best, but there are still some highs. The Dark (Trinity) is an outstanding track.

    29 May 6:44am Reply
  • shaolin86

    @IAmTheYan what a ridiculous thing to say. KingHeff is perfectly entitled to his opinion. I know how he feels, you make one negative comment about someone and immediately get shot down. I don't think it's possible to like an ENTIRE artist/band's back catalogue, especially one as vast and diverse as The Roots.

    29 May 6:42am Reply
  • pex

    new album <3

    28 May 11:35am Reply
  • Dead-Disnee

    Why do people constantly hate on How I Got Over? I thought it was a good album with a good message, overall.

    28 May 7:11am Reply
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