The Roots (seminal hip hop group)

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The Roots is an American hip hop/neo soul band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots are known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments. Malik B., Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, and Josh Abrams were added to the band (formerly named "The Square Roots").

Since its first independent album-length release the band has released 10 studio albums, two EPs, two collaboration albums (with other artists), and also collaborated on recordings and in live shows with a wide variety of artists in many musical genres. The Roots served as the house band on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014, and in the same role (and accompanying show guest artists) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since 2014. The Roots' work has consistently been met with critical acclaim. ranked the band #7 on its list of the 25 Best Hip-Hop Groups of All-Time, calling them "Hip-hop's first legitimate band."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Organix The Roots 4 3
1994 Do You Want More?!!!??! The Roots 5 2
1996 Illadelph Halflife The Roots 4 2
1999 Things Fall Apart The Roots 4 5
2002 Phrenology The Roots 7
2004 The Tipping Point The Roots 4.35 5
2006 Game Theory The Roots 4.5 2
2008 Rising Down The Roots 4.5 4
2010 How I Got Over The Roots 4.25 6
2010 Wake Up! John Legend & The Roots 8
2011 Betty Wright: The Movie Betty Wright & The Roots 1
2011 undun The Roots 5 3
2013 Wise Up Ghost Elvis Costello and The Roots 2 3
2014 … And Then You Shoot Your Cousin The Roots 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Do This Well The Roots 1
2005 Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding The Roots, Volume 1 The Roots 1
2005 Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding The Roots, Volume 2 The Roots 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 The Roots Come Alive The Roots 3

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Distortion to Static Remixes The Roots 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Silent Treatment The Roots 1
1996 What They Do The Roots 3
1999 You Got Me The Roots feat. Erykah Badu 1
2004 Don't Say Nuthin The Roots 2
2007 Marathon Man (remix) The Roots 1
2010 Wake Up Everybody John Legend & The Roots 1
2013 My Best Friend (Paul Walker Tribute Song) Tyrese feat. Ludacris & The Roots 1
2016 Champion The Roots 1
The Next Movement The Roots 1
The Seed (2.0) The Roots 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Roots From the Ground Up The Roots 1
1999 The Legendary The Roots 1

EP + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Wise Up: Thought - Remixes and Reworks Elvis Costello and The Roots 3

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
5th Dynasty Raw The Roots 1
Hip Hop Collection: The Roots The Roots 1

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