Posts Tagged: the roots

Wanted/Needed/Loved: Franklin James Fisher’s “Rhoda”

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I have to work to get the sounds, but then the magic kicks in.

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A Subtle Mocking from the Roots

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Jimmy Fallon might not have challenged Trump much during the presidential nominee’s recent appearance on The Tonight Show, but the Roots got in a pretty great dig of their own as the man in the famous toupé crossed the stage. The group played Erykah Badu’s song “20 Feet Tall,” Consequence of Sound reports, with Black Thought rapping the pointed lyrics: “And […]

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President Obama Slow Jams His Achievements

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The President of the United States appeared on The Tonight Show to join The Roots and Jimmy Fallon in slow jamming the news. The “Commander in Preach,” as Fallon called President Obama, is entering the last eight months of his second term, and the segment called attention to the many achievements of his administration. The call and response between Fallon, The […]

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Roots Jam Session Highlights

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This year’s Roots Jam Sessions featured a massive list of artists alongside the Roots crew: Gary Clark Jr., Tori Kelly, Bilal, Tinashe, Jeremih, Andra Day, John Legend, Lenny Kravitz, Lianne La Havas, Leon Bridges, Alessia Cara, J Angel, Kehlani, Bibi Bourelly, Nelly, George Clinton, Lil Dicky, Yuna, Freddie Gibbs, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jazmine Sullivan, and […]

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Twenty-five Years for A Tribe Called Quest

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To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of their debut with the LP People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, A Tribe Called Quest appeared on The Tonight Show with The Roots as their backing band. Watch the video and see some amazing backstage shots from the night via okayplayer.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #60: On Mentorship

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In an empirically-preoccupied world, mentorship appears to be unscientific, impossible to quantify, and perhaps even sentimental.

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