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The Roots
The Roots performing in Toronto, Canada on March 24, 2007.
The Roots performing in Toronto, Canada on March 24, 2007.
Background information
Also known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots, The Foundation
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genre(s) Hip hop, jazz rap, neo soul, Experimental Music
Years active 1987–present
Label(s) MCA, Geffen, Def Jam
Website Official website
Members
Black Thought (MC)
Questlove (drums)
Kamal Gray (electronic keyboard)
F. Knuckles (percussion)
Captain Kirk Douglas (guitar)
Owen Biddle (bass guitar)
Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson (sousaphone)
Former members
Malik B.
Rahzel
Scott Storch
Ben Kenney
Scratch
Dice Raw
Hub

The Roots, a.k.a. The Legendary Roots Crew, are an influential, Grammy Award-winning American band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. They made their debut in 1993 and have gone on to collaborate with artists from a range of genres, such as Roy Ayers and Cody Chesnutt. Inspired by Stetsasonic, The Roots themselves have garnered critical acclaim and influenced later beat and R&B acts. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 346 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): The Roots User:Spellcast/Images Metadata... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Jazz rap is a fusion of alternative hip hop music and jazz, developed in the very late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a music genre and an umbrella term for current soul music. ... For experimental rock music, see experimental rock. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Def Jam Recordings is an American based hip-hop record label that operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. ... Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (b. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... ?uestlove (born Ahmir Khalib Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the drummer, producer and arranger for the Roots. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Kamal Gray American Hip Hop Musician Keyboardist for The Roots from 1995 to present joined the band as Scott Storchs replacement when he was still in high school he is responsible for The Rootss classics like The Next Movement, Sacrifice, and Section ... An electronic keyboard. ... Frank Walker A.K.A F. Knuckles, Frankie Knuckles, or just Knuckles is the percussionist for the hip hop band The Roots. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... Captain Kirk Douglas Amercian Guitarist Plays with the hip hop band The Roots. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Sousaphone player in Washington Square, New York City The sousaphone is a type of tuba often used in a marching band. ... Malik Abdul Basit-Smart is a hip-hop artist associated with The Roots from their beginning up until 2000-2001 when he mysteriously disappeared. ... Rahzel (full name Rahzel M. Brown) is probably best known in the semi-mainstream world as a member of the Roots, Rahzel is an MC that specializes in the fifth element of hip-hop culture -- beatboxing (which comes after graffiti spraying, DJing, MCing, and breakdancing). ... Scott Storch (born December 16, 1973) is a Canadian[1] record producer. ... Ben Kenney, (born on March 16, 1977), is an American musician, and the bassist for the rock band Incubus. ... Scratch (born Kyle Jones) is an American rapper. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Leonard Hub Hubbard of The Roots has been playing bass for the Philadelphia outfit since 1987. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Roy Ayers (born September 10, 1940, Los Angeles) is a funk, soul and jazz vibraphone player. ... Cody ChesnuTT Cody ChesnuTT is an American musician from Atlanta, Georgia, whose music blends elements of rock, funk, soul, hip-hop, and blues. ... Stetsasonic, appearing on the cover of their debut album, On Fire Stetsasonic was an American hip hop group formed in 1981 (see 1981 in music) in Brooklyn, New York. ...

Contents

History

Origins and Organix

The group's original lineup was formed in Philadelphia around 1987.[1] They began to do shows around Philly and in 1992 or 1993 left to perform in Europe. They rented out a flat in London and performed in Europe for approximately one year. In order to sustain themselves financially, The Roots released what would be known as their debut album: Organix. The album went on to sell about 150,000 copies. Following the release of Organix, several major record labels offered deals and the band signed with DGC Records, which at the time was better known for its grunge music releases. With their new record deal, the quintet travelled back to the states. For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... Organix is the debut album by The Roots. ... DGC Records was a subsidiary of Geffen Records, founded by David Geffen on March 20, 1990. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...


Do You Want More?!!!??!

Despite being ignored among the hip-hop fanbase, The Roots' first album for DGC, Do You Want More?!!!??! (recorded live without the use of samples), was a moderate hit among alternative music fans, partially due to the group's appearance at Lollapalooza.[1] Also lauded for its jazziness, the album was equal parts jazz improv/instrumentation and beat box. It featured the songs "Distortion to Static" and "Proceed". Breakdance, an early form of hip hop dance, often involves battles, showing off skills without any physical contact with the adversaries. ... Do You Want More?!!!??! is the sophomore album from Hip Hop band The Roots. ... This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ... The term alternative rock or alternative music1 was coined in the early 1980s to describe bands which didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... Lollapalooza is an American music festival featuring rock, alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ...


Illadelph Halflife

The 1996 release Illadelph Halflife was the group's first album to crack the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart[1], spurred in part by MTV's airplay of the video for "What They Do" (a parody of rap video clichés) and "Clones," which was their first single to reach the top five on the rap charts. "What They Do" was also the group's first single to hit the Top 40 of Billboard's charts, reaching a peak of #34. While continuing on the path of live instrumentation, the album's sound was somewhat darker. Attempting to appeal to a wider audience, the band began integrating programmed drums and samples into their sound, though they only sampled their own music. It was also The Roots' first album to include prominent guests, such as Common on "UNIverse At War", D'Angelo and Erykah Badu on "Hypnotic" and Q-Tip on "Ital (The Universal Side)." Illadelph Halflife, released in 1996, is the third full length album from The Roots. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... For other uses, see DAngelo (disambiguation). ... Erykah Badu (born Erica Abi Wright, February 26, 1971, in Dallas, Texas) is an American neo-soul, R&B/hip hop artist whose work crosses over into jazz. ... Q-Tip (born Jonathan Davis in Brooklyn, New York), USA, is a North American hip-hop emcee, actor, and hip hop producer who was the leader of the critically acclaimed group A Tribe Called Quest. ...


Things Fall Apart

The group released Things Fall Apart in 1999 (named after Things Fall Apart, a novel by Chinua Achebe). This was their breakthrough album, peaking at #4 on the Billboard 200 charts and earning a gold record, signifying U.S. sales of at least 500,000 units. The track "You Got Me," duet with R&B singer Erykah Badu and Eve peaked inside the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and earned them a Grammy award for Best Performance By A Duo Or Group. Things Fall Apart released in 1999 is a hip hop album by the Philadelphia based group The Roots. ... For other uses, see Things Fall Apart (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Novel (disambiguation). ... Chinua Achebe (pronounced [1]), born Albert Chinualumogu Achebe on November 16, 1930, is a Nigerian[2] novelist, poet and critic. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The description Gold Album is applied to recorded music albums that have sold a minimum number of copies (in the US, currently 500,000 sales). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Erykah Badu (born Erica Abi Wright, February 26, 1971, in Dallas, Texas) is an American neo-soul, R&B/hip hop artist whose work crosses over into jazz. ... Eve Jihan Jeffers (born November 10, 1978), better known as Eve or E-V-E, is an American rapper, singer, and actress. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


Like "Illadelph Halflife", TFA was not quite as jazzy as previous works, instead incorporating more neo soul influences. First-time cameos on TFA for Philly natives Beanie Sigel and Eve helped to earn them major record deals later (with Roc-A-Fella and Ruff Ryders, respectively). After this album, Dice Raw left the collective to record his solo debut album, Reclaiming the Dead. Illadelph Halflife, released in 1996, is the third full length album from The Roots. ... Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a music genre and an umbrella term for current soul music. ... This article refers to the rapper Beanie Sigel. For the gangster, see Bugsy Siegel. ... Eve Jihan Jeffers (born November 10, 1978), better known as Eve or E-V-E, is an American rapper, singer, and actress. ... Roc-A-Fella Records, one of the largest United States hip hop/rap record labels, was co-founded in New York City by hip hop mogul Damon Dash and now multi-platinum rapper Jay-Z in 1995. ... Ruff Ryders Entertainment is a New York-based record label and management company, specializing in hip hop music. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The group's popularity continued to rise through the album. With a Grammy under their belts, they were able to perform an extended set at the now infamous "Woodstock '99". Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Woodstock 1999 was the second rock concert (after Woodstock 1994) that attempted to emulate the success of the original Woodstock concert of 1969. ...


Phrenology

A hectic time ensued for The Roots; several members left; including long time member Malik B. Their popularity increased with their sales and a spot backing Jay-Z for his live MTV Unplugged album. With heightened popularity came mounting pressure. The Roots released Phrenology (named after the pseudoscience of Phrenology) in 2002. Despite not charting as high as Things Fall Apart, reaching a peak of #28 on the charts, Phrenology was commercially successful, eventually going gold, and earning a Grammy nomination for Best Album. At the time, however, there came rumors that the Roots were losing interest in their signing with MCA.[1] Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Phrenology (Released November 26, 2002) is the sixth album from The Roots. ... A typical 18th century phrenology chart. ... Phrenology (from Greek: φρήν, phrēn, mind; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is a theory which claims to be able to determine character, personality traits and criminality on the basis of the shape of the head (i. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


During this time the band also backed Jay-Z for his 2003 farewell concert in Madison Square Garden, and appeared in the accompanying "Fade to Black" DVD.


Tipping Point

After Phrenology, Ben Kenney and Scratch both left the group. Their major label deal with Geffen began to sour as pressures were mounted on the group to sell more records. This culminated with the release of 2004's The Tipping Point, which took its name from a 2000 book The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. The album earned two more Grammy nominations: one for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the track "Star" and another for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for the track "Don't Say Nuthin'." Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... The Tipping Point (released July 13, 2004) is the seventh album from The Roots. ... The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (ISBN 0-316-31696-2) is a book by Malcolm Gladwell, first published by Little Brown in 2000. ... Malcolm Gladwell Malcolm Gladwell (born September 1, 1963) is a United Kingdom-born, Canadian-raised journalist now based in New York City who has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. ...


It debuted at #4 on the Billboard album chart, selling over 100,000 copies in its first week of release, but failed to go gold. Subsequently, the group left the label after the album's release. Contractual obligations resulted in the release of Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide To Understanding The Roots, Volumes 1 & 2 in 2005, a two-disc compilation album. In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of sales albums and singles have made. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Game Theory

Game Theory was released August 29, 2006, on Def Jam records. ?uestlove describes the album as being very dark and reflective of the political state in America.[2] The first single from the album, "Don't Feel Right", appeared on the internet in May 2006, and is available for free download on several web sites. Various guest appearances had been rumored, but Scratch Magazine confirmed only two: Peedi Peedi and Malik B. The late J Dilla also produced one song on the album. The album's first video, titled "The Don't Feel Right Trilogy", premiered on August 21, 2006, and features three songs, "In the Music", "Here I Come" and "Don't Feel Right". Despite critical acclaim and a Grammy nomination, Game Theory has sold significantly less than the band's previous releases. Game Theory is the seventh studio album from Philadelphia hip hop group The Roots, their first on Def Jam Records. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Def Jam Recordings is an American based hip-hop record label that operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. ... Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born on January 20, 1971), known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. ... May 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → May 1, 2006 (Monday) Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association outraged Vatican by planning to ordain another bishop, Liu Xinhong in Anhui Province. ... Nas, The Game and will. ... Pedro Zayas (born September 25, 1978), formerly known as Peedi Crakk and later Peedi Peedi, is an American rapper from Pennsylvanias North Philadelphia neighborhood later nicknamed Ice City. He was once a member of State Property alongside Beanie Sigel, longtime friend Freeway, Young Gunz, Oschino Vasquez and Omillio Sparks... Malik Abdul Basit-Smart is a hip-hop artist associated with The Roots from their beginning up until 2000-2001 when he mysteriously disappeared. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: J Dilla James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974–February 10, 2006), better known as J Dilla, or Jay Dee, was an American hip hop producer and MC, who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip-hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. ... is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Game Theory is the seventh studio album from Philadelphia hip hop group The Roots, their first on Def Jam Records. ...


Rising Down

The Roots' eighth studio album (10th overall), was released on April 29, 2008, coinciding with the 16-year anniversary of the Rodney King riots of 1992. In the weeks before the album's release, the original first single "Birthday Girl", a radio-friendly collaboration with Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump was removed from the album's tracklisting due to not fitting in with the rest of the album's tone. It remained on the iTunes version of the album as a bonus track, as well as on international releases. Picking up where Game Theory left off, the album maintains a dark and political tone throughout, featuring Black Thought and several guests venting off about the ills of society today. The album's guests include Chrisette Michele, Common, Mos Def, Saigon, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Wale, Philly favorites Dice Raw, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Peedi Crakk, P.O.R.N., and Truck North, as well as former member Malik B. Musically, Rising Down features the Roots delving into new musical territory incorporating a more electronic and synth-heavy feel into their sound. The album's first single is Rising Up featuring Chrisette Michele and D.C. rapper Wale. Rising Down was released to critical acclaim, garnering an overall score of 80 on Metacritic. is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Chrisette Michele Payne (born December 22, 1982), known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is an American R&B singer on the Def Jam Recordings record label. ... Look up common in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973), better known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American rapper and actor. ... Brian Daniel Carenard (born June 1, 1977), better known by his stage name Saigon, is an American rapper. ... David Styles (born November 28, 1974), better known as Styles P is an American based rapper. ... Talib Kweli Greene (born October 3, 1975), better known as Talib Kweli, is an American MC from Brooklyn, New York. ... Wale Wale, (pronounced wah-lay, born September 21, 1983), is a Washington, DC hip hop artist who has recently gained national and international attention for his mixture of hip hop and go-go music. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... DJ Jazzy Jeff (born Jeffrey A. Townes on January 22, 1965 in Philadelphia) is an American hip hop and R&B record producer and turntablist. ... Peedi Crakk (also known as Peedi Peedi) (born Pedro Zayas) is a rap music singer from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Malik Abdul Basit-Smart is a hip-hop artist associated with The Roots from their beginning up until 2000-2001 when he mysteriously disappeared. ... Chrisette Michele Payne (born December 22, 1982), known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is an American R&B singer on the Def Jam Recordings record label. ... Wale Wale, (pronounced wah-lay, born September 21, 1983), is a Washington, DC hip hop artist who has recently gained national and international attention for his mixture of hip hop and go-go music. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ...


Members

The Roots' original lineup included Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (MC) and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (drums), who were classmates at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. As they began to play at school and on the streets, they added a bassist named Josh "The Rubberband" Abrams, who went on to form the jazz group The Josh Abrams Quartet. They later added another MC named Malik Abdul Basit-Smart ("Malik B."), a new bassist Leonard Nelson Hubbard ("Hub"), and a keyboardist named Scott Storch, who eventually became one of the most prominent rap producers in the industry. Another MC, Kenyatta "Kid Crumbs" Warren, was a part of the group for their first album, Organix, but did not appear on any later albums. Yet another MC, Dice Raw, joined on for cameos in later albums. Scott Storch also left to pursue a producing career following the Do You Want More?!!!??! album. The split, however, was on amicable terms: Storch continues to produce tracks for Roots albums to this day. The Roots filled his void with another keyboardist, Kamal Gray, who is still a member. Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (b. ... Rap redirects here. ... Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born on January 20, 1971), known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts is a magnet school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Malik Abdul Basit-Smart is a hip-hop artist associated with The Roots from their beginning up until 2000-2001 when he mysteriously disappeared. ... Leonard Hub Hubbard of The Roots has been playing bass for the Philadelphia outfit since 1987. ... Scott Storch (born December 16, 1973) is a Canadian[1] record producer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Do You Want More?!!!??! is the sophomore album from Hip Hop band The Roots. ... Kamal Gray American Hip Hop Musician Keyboardist for The Roots from 1995 to present joined the band as Scott Storchs replacement when he was still in high school he is responsible for The Rootss classics like The Next Movement, Sacrifice, and Section ...

The Roots performing

A beatboxer named Rahzel also joined the group and contributed from 1995 - 1999. Alongside Rahzel was vocal turntablist Scratch, who DJ'd for them during live concerts. He abruptly left in 2003. Malik B. left the group in 1999 due to drug problems but continued to record, making occasional cameos on future albums. A guitarist, Ben Kenney, had a short stint with the group and contributed to their Phrenology album, but left to join Incubus as their bassist. A percussionist, F Knuckles, was added in 2002 and guitarist, Kirk Douglas (a.k.a. "Captain Kirk"), replaced Kenney. A vocalist, Martin Luther, toured with The Roots in 2003 and 2004 and contributed to their Tipping Point album. The group announced in August 2007, to the dismay of fans, that longtime bassist, Leonard Hubbard, was leaving the group. "One of our partners is leaving us tonight, ladies and gentlemen, Leonard Hubbard" (Black Thought @ moe.down 8/31/07). The current members of The Roots are Black Thought (MC), ?uestlove (drums), Kamal (keyboard), F Knuckles (percussion), and Captain Kirk (guitar). Recently, they have toured with sousaphonist Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson and Game Theory producer and current bassist Owen Biddle. Download high resolution version (800x931, 241 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: The Roots ... Download high resolution version (800x931, 241 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: The Roots ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rahzel (full name Rahzel M. Brown) is probably best known in the semi-mainstream world as a member of the Roots, Rahzel is an MC that specializes in the fifth element of hip-hop culture -- beatboxing (which comes after graffiti spraying, DJing, MCing, and breakdancing). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Scratch (born Kyle Jones) is an American rapper. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ben Kenney, (born on March 16, 1977), is an American musician, and the bassist for the rock band Incubus. ... Incubus is a five-piece American alternative rock band based out of Calabasas, California. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Martin Luther McCoy is an American musician and actor. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 2007 is the eighth month of that year. ...


All members have worked with PETA to promote compassion for animals and the vegetarian lifestyle.[3] People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals logo People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an animal rights organization based in the United States. ... For animals adapted to eat primarily plants, sometimes referred to as vegetarian animals, see Herbivore. ...


Chronologically Numbered Tracks

The Roots albums starting from Organix have consistently to their most recent album released, Rising Down, featured the track listings on the back of their CDs and LPs in a continuous order. [4]


Organix the Roots debut album lists tracks 1-17 followed by Do You Want More?!!!??! listing tracks 18-33 and the Roots third album, Illadelph Halflife, lists tracks 34-53.


The Roots fourth album Things Fall Apart lists trcks 54-70 and was the first to contain a hidden track. This hidden track is number 71, Act Fore...The End. Thus the tracks listed on the outside of Things Fall Apart number to 70, with track 71 being alluded to underneath the disc hub. This track is located at approximately 7:10 into track 70 Return to Innocence Lost.


A five track EP entitled The Legendary contains numbered tracks 72-76. It contains no hidden track.


The complete tracks 77-86 can only be found on the Roots Limited Edition 2 disc pressing of their first live album to date entitled The Roots Come Alive. Disc 2 is no longer in print and contains tracks 81-86. Track 80 is a hidden track and appears on Disc 1 after You Got Me(lasting approximately until 8:50) and Encore (8:51-13:48) track 80 appears at approximately 14:24, it completes Disc 1.


The Roots 2002 album, Phrenology, lists tracks 87-100. It contains two hidden tracks. 101. Rhymes and Ammo which appears after 2 :20 soundless tracks are played. The disc then counts backwards with 101 beginning at -7:19. Track 102, Thirsty, appears at -2:46. Thirsty is the last track on Phrenology.


The Tipping Point lists tracks 103-112. Tracks 113 is a hidden track fading in at approximately 4:38.


Game Theory contains tracks 114-127. Track 127 Bread and Butter is only available on iTunes and the Japanese CD edition.


Rising Down was released on April 29, 2008 containing tracks 128-141. Track 142 is a hidden track. The Pow Wow 2.


Notes:


The two volumes of Homegrown! count from a negative number and reach 0. A CD entitled The Roots Best of Mixtape mixed by DJ J. Period does not follow the chronologically numbered tracks and is numbered 1-50. This album was a promotional mixtape put out to promote Game Theory in 2006.


Tracks that appear in the live performance on The Roots Come Alive that were from previous albums retain their original numbers. The earliest being track 10. Essaywhuman?!! (Originally on Organix, performed live) and most recent a live performance of Things Fall Apart's "You Don't See Us", number 69.


Touring and Other Work

The band tours extensively, and their live sets are frequently hailed as the best in the genre. Recently, the band played a concert in NYC's Radio City Music Hall with Common, Nas, Talib Kweli and Big Daddy Kane. They also backed Jay-Z a third time, for his Reasonable Doubt Concert, a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the release of his first album. Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... Talib Kweli Greene (born October 3, 1975), better known as Talib Kweli, is an American MC from Brooklyn, New York. ... Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a record producer/rapper from the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn, New York. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ...


The Roots have been featured in three movies: Dave Chappelle's Block Party; both performing album songs and playing as a backing band for other artists, Spike Lee's Bamboozled, and Marc Levin's Brooklyn Babylon, in which Black Thought plays the protagonist, Solomon, and former band member Rahzel narrates. Black Thought and ?uestlove were both featured in the movie "Brown Sugar," Black Thought also made an appearance in the film "Love Rome" as Tariq Trotter, and ?uestlove currently appears in the 2008 documentary movie about TBC Brass Band called From the Mouthpiece on Back, which lists The Roots as one of the executive producers of the movie. Dave Chappelles Block Party (aka Block Party) is a documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award - winning, and Academy Award - nominated American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... For the teletext, see Bamboozle. ... Marc Levin, is a Jewish filmmaker best perhaps best known for his film SLAM which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 1998. ... Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (b. ... Rahzel (full name Rahzel M. Brown) is probably best known in the semi-mainstream world as a member of the Roots, Rahzel is an MC that specializes in the fifth element of hip-hop culture -- beatboxing (which comes after graffiti spraying, DJing, MCing, and breakdancing). ...


The band guest performed on August 25 and August 26 with the Dave Matthews Band during their 2007 summer tour. Members of The Roots played in various forms as well as a whole band on DMB's back to back concerts at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Dave Matthews Band (also known by the acronym DMB) is a United States-based rock band, originally formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1991 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews. ... Possible meanings: Dave Matthews Band Diamond Mind Baseball Digital Multimedia Broadcasting DMB Consulting Services This page expands a three-character combination which might be any or all of an abbreviation, an acronym, an initialism, a word in English, or a word in another language. ... The Alpine Valley Music Theatre is a 35,300-capacity ampitheatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. ... East Troy is a village located in Walworth County, Wisconsin. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


The group made an appearance on The Colbert Report on April 15, 2008 when Stephen Colbert spent a week in Philadelphia prior to the 2008 Pennsylvania Democratic primary. During the appearance, they performed the intro song to the show, and closed the episode with a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. The Colbert Report (IPA ) is an American satirical television program that airs from 11:30 p. ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about Stephen Colbert, the actor. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... Nicholson took the copy Key gave him to a printer, where it was published as a broadside on September 17 under the title The Defence of Fort McHenry, with an explanatory note explaining the circumstances of its writing. ...


Awards

  • Grammy awards
    • 1999: Won for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "You Got Me" (featuring Erykah Badu and Eve)
    • 2002: Nominated for Best Rap Album for Phrenology
    • 2004: Nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Star;" nominated for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Don't Say Nuthin'."
    • 2007: Nominated for Best Rap Album for Game Theory; nominated for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Don't Feel Right."
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 2003: Nominated for MTV2 award for "The Seed 2.0"
  • mtvU Woodie Awards
    • 2004: Nominated for Road Woodie and Welcome Back Woodie
  • BET Awards
    • 2005: Nominated for Best Group
  • NAACP Image Awards
    • 2005: Nominated for Outstanding Duo or Group
    • 2007: Won for Outstanding Duo or Group
  • Named one of the "twenty greatest live acts in the world" by Rolling Stone in 2003
  • Won a "Heroes Award" from the Philadelphia chapter of the Recording Academy in 2004
  • First Hip-Hop group to perform at Lincoln Center in January, 2002
    • 2007: Won for Max Stevenson International Hip-Hop Award for 'Game Theory' album

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Discography

Main article: The Roots discography

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External links

References

  1. ^ a b c d Bush, John (2008). The Roots - Biography. All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2008-04-27.
  2. ^ ?uestlove Game Theory Interview. Retrieved on July 17, 2006.
  3. ^ The Roots PETA article. Retrieved on July 17, 2006.
  4. ^ The Roots Archive. Retrieved on August 1, 2006.
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Kamal Gray American Hip Hop Musician Keyboardist for The Roots from 1995 to present joined the band as Scott Storchs replacement when he was still in high school he is responsible for The Rootss classics like The Next Movement, Sacrifice, and Section ... ?uestlove (born Ahmir Khalib Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the drummer, producer and arranger for the Roots. ... Leonard Hub Hubbard of The Roots has been playing bass for the Philadelphia outfit since 1987. ... Ben Kenney, (born on March 16, 1977), is an American musician, and the bassist for the rock band Incubus. ... Malik Abdul Basit-Smart is a hip-hop artist associated with The Roots from their beginning up until 2000-2001 when he mysteriously disappeared. ... Rahzel (full name Rahzel M. Brown) is probably best known in the semi-mainstream world as a member of the Roots, Rahzel is an MC that specializes in the fifth element of hip-hop culture -- beatboxing (which comes after graffiti spraying, DJing, MCing, and breakdancing). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Scratch (born Kyle Jones) is an American rapper. ... Scott Storch (born December 16, 1973) is a Canadian[1] record producer. ... Organix is the debut album by The Roots. ... Do You Want More?!!!??! is the sophomore album from Hip Hop band The Roots. ... Illadelph Halflife, released in 1996, is the third full length album from The Roots. ... Things Fall Apart released in 1999 is a hip hop album by the Philadelphia based group The Roots. ... Phrenology (Released November 26, 2002) is the sixth album from The Roots. ... The Tipping Point (released July 13, 2004) is the seventh album from The Roots. ... Game Theory is the seventh studio album from Philadelphia hip hop group The Roots, their first on Def Jam Records. ... Rising Down will be the tenth album from Philadelphia-based hip-hop collective The Roots. ... This is a live recording album in Zurich, Sweden. ... From the Ground Up is an EP released by the Roots in 1994. ... The Legendary is an EP released by the Roots in 1999. ... Soulquarians (common misspelling: Soul Aquarians) was a neo soul-informed hip hop musical collective with members from Philadelphia, Detroit, Richmond and Chicago. ... Black Star is an alternative hip hop group formed by MCs Mos Def and Talib Kweli. ... Reflection Eternal is a hip hop duo composed by rapper Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek. ... Slum Village circa 2000 Slum Village is the name of a hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan. ... The Randy Watson Experience is a collaborative venture between two hip-hop/R&B musicians/record producers. ... Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born on January 20, 1971), known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. ... Bilal (born Bilal Sayeed Oliver on August 23, 1979, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) is a neo soul musician and member of the musical collective known as Soulquarians. ... Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... For other uses, see DAngelo (disambiguation). ... Erykah Badu (born Erica Abi Wright, February 26, 1971, in Dallas, Texas) is an American neo-soul, R&B/hip hop artist whose work crosses over into jazz. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: J Dilla James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974–February 10, 2006), better known as J Dilla, or Jay Dee, was an American hip hop producer and MC, who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip-hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. ... James Poyser is an English1 (though he moved to America when he was 8) songwriter, record producer, and keyboardist based in Philadelphia, known for his hip-hop and R&B productions. ... Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973), better known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American rapper and actor. ... Q-Tip (born Jonathan Davis in Brooklyn, New York), USA, is a North American hip-hop emcee, actor, and hip hop producer who was the leader of the critically acclaimed group A Tribe Called Quest. ... Talib Kweli Greene (born October 3, 1975), better known as Talib Kweli, is an American MC from Brooklyn, New York. ... Things Fall Apart released in 1999 is a hip hop album by the Philadelphia based group The Roots. ... Voodoo is a neo soul album by DAngelo, released on January 11, 2000 (see 2000 in music). ... Like Water for Chocolate is an album by rapper Common, released in March 2000. ... Mamas Gun is the third album by American nu soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 2000 (see 2000 in music). ... 1st Born Second is a 2001 album by singer Bilal. ... Phrenology (Released November 26, 2002) is the sixth album from The Roots. ... This article is about a music album. ... The Native Tongues Posse is a collective of late 1980s and early 1990s hip-hop artists known for their positive-minded, good naturedly-Afrocentric lyrics, and for pioneering the use of eclectic sampling and later jazz-influenced beats. ... Q-Tip The Ummah is a music production collective, composed of members Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, and the late Jay Dee (also known as J Dilla) of the Detroit based group Slum Village. ...

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