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Direct from The Tonight Show
The Roots, the legendary GRAMMY® Award-winning hip hop crew and arguably the hardest working musicians in popular culture, turn 25 this year. The brainchild of childhood friends Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, The Roots began their career playing bucket drums and freestyling on the streets and competing with Boyz II Men for top honors at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Named one of the greatest live acts by Rolling Stone, their career evolved to include a weekly gig as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, hosting sold-out jam sessions across country, collaborating on new works for contemporary performance (Lincoln Center, BAM, Kimmel Center), and consistently churning out GRAMMY-nominated albums.
Their most recent release, undun, the group’s first conceptually-based album and 13th major-label release, has delivered continued critical acclaim from bloggers and fans alike, reaffirming the creativity of the outfit notorious for pushing the envelope.
In 2014, The Roots became the House band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC, broadcasting live from Rockefeller Center in New York City.