The Roots are an American hip hop/neo soul band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Also known as
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 Legendary Roots Crew
The Fifth Dynasty
The Square Roots
Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show Band
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Alternative hip hop, neo soul, jazz rap
DJ Jazzy Jeff
Black Thought -
Kamal Gray -
electronic keyboard (1994-present)
F. Knuckles -
Captain Kirk Douglas -
electric guitar (2003-present)
Tuba Gooding, Jr. (Damon Bryson) -
James Poyser -
(For The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and occasional performances only)
Mark Kelley -
bass guitar (2011-present)
Malik B. - rapping (1987-1999)
Kid Crumbs (Kenyatta Warren) - rapping (1993)
Rubberband (Josh Abrams) - bass (1992)
Rahzel - beatboxing (1995-2001)
Dice Raw - rapping (1995-2001) (frequent collaborator with the band)
Scott Storch - keyboards (1993-1995)
Ben Kenney - guitar, bass (2000-2003)
Martin Luther - vocals (2003-2004)
Scratch - beatboxing (1996-2003)
Leonard 'Hub' Hubbard - bass (1992-2007)
Owen Biddle - bass (2007-2011)
Did You Know:
The founding members met at Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts
The Roots Quotes:
Phrenology is the study of the brain or how it operates, you know, the particular components that effect the nerves and the thought process, and the study of the size of the head. We just wanted to tie it into subject matters.
My main concern is that there is a balance in the system and that some art-based hip-hop can get out to the masses, 'cause right now people are not responding to what they don't know. Most people are just afraid to think on their own.
We go under the industry There is no subculture anymore, hip-hop used to be the subculture of the music industry; it was the underground. Now it's the mainstream of the music industry.
In Italy once I caused a car crash, that was the sweetest revenge. It was the sweetest vindication I have ever had in my life. Four assholes were driving in their car in Rome and they rode by me, rolled down the window, shouted out derogatory comments, and drove straight into a pole.