The Roots

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  • Things Fall Apart

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About The Roots

Blending elements of jazz, neo-soul, and hip-hop with impeccable live instrumentation, The Roots established themselves as the world’s premier rap band at the turn of the century. • Rapper Black Thought and drummer Questlove cofounded The Roots in 1987 while attending the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. • The group released its debut album, Organix, in 1993. Future multi-platinum producer Scott Storch would leave his position as Roots keyboardist in 1995. • In 1999, The Roots dropped Things Fall Apart, an exercise in soulful alternative rap that Rolling Stone lauded as one of the 500 greatest albums ever made. • The Roots took home their first Grammy in 2000, winning Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “You Got Me,” featuring Erykah Badu and Eve. • The Roots are perhaps best known for their role as the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a gig they landed in 2009.

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