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From the Album And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (2014) (buy at

From the Album Wise Up Ghost (2013)
(with Elvis Costello)
(buy at
Wise Up Ghost
Walk Us Uptown
Sugar Won't Work
Refuse To Be Saved
Wake Me Up
Stick Out Your Tongue
Come The Meantimes
(She Might Be A) Grenade
Cinco Minutos Con Vos
Viceroy's Row
Wise Up Ghost
If I Could Believe
My New Haunt (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
Can You Hear Me? (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
The Puppet Has Cut His Strings (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)

From the Album Undun (2011) (buy at

Dun [Instrumental]
Make My
One Time
Kool On
The OtherSide
I Remember
Tip The Scale
Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou) [Instrumental]
Possibility (2nd Movement) [Instrumental]
Will To Power (3rd Movement) [Instrumental]
Finality (4th Movement) [Instrumental]

From the Album Wake Up! (with John Legend) (2010) (buy at
2011 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album
Hard Times
Compared To What
Wake Up Everybody
Our Generation (The Hope Of The World)
Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude)
Little Ghetto Boy
Hang On In There
Humanity (Love The Way It Should Be)
Wholy Holy
I Can't Write Left Handed
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

From the Album How I Got Over (2010) (buy at

A Peace Of Light
Walk Alone
Dear God 2.0
Radio Daze
Now Or Never
How I Got Over
The Day
Right On
Doin' It Again
The Fire
Web 20/20

From the Album Rising Down (2008) (buy at

Rising Down
Get Busy
75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)
Becoming Unwritten
I Will Not Apologize
I Can't Help It
Singing Man
Lost Desire
The Show
Rising Up
Birthday Girl
The Grand Return

From the Album Game Theory (2006) (buy at

False Media
Game Theory
Don't Feel Right
In The Music
Take It There
Here I Come
Long Time
Livin' In A New World
Clock With No Hands

From the Album Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide To Understanding The Roots Volume Two (2005) (buy at

Sacrifice (Live On Bbc Radio One's Worldwide Show With Gilles Peterson)
No Alibi
Pass The Popcorn (Revisited)
The Lesson Pt. 3
Y'all Know Who
Thought @ Work

From the Album Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide To Understanding The Roots Volume One (2005) (buy at

No Hometro / Proceed 2
What They Do
The Next Movement
Good Music
The Lesson
The Hyponti
Silent Treatment
You Got Me
What You Want
Act Too (Love Of My Life)
Do You Want More ?!!!??!
Double Trouble

From the Album The Tipping Point (2004) (buy at

Star / Pointro
I Don't Care
Don't Say Nuthin'
Guns Are Drawn
Stay Cool
Somebody's Got To Do It
Duck Down!
Why (What's Going On?)

From the Album Phrenology (2002) (buy at

Rock You
Rolling With Heat
Thought @ Work
The Seed (2.0)
Break You Off
Something In The Way Of Things (In Town)

From the Album Things Fall Apart (1999) (buy at

Table Of Contents (Part 1 & 2)
The Next Movement
Step Into The Relm
The Spark
Without A Doubt
Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New
Double Trouble
Act Too (The Love Of My Life)
100% Dundee
Diedre Vs. Dice
You Got Me
Don't See Us
The Return To Innocence Lost
Act Fore (The End?)

From the Album The Roots Come Alive (1999) (buy at

The Lesson - Part III (It's Over Now)

From the Album The Legendary EP (1999) (buy at

Table Of Contents (Part 3)
The Ultimate

From the Album Illadelph Halflife (1996) (buy at

Respond / React
It Just Don't Stop
Push Up Ya Lighter
What They Do
Concerto Of The Desperado
Universe At War
No Alibi
No Great Pretender
The Hypnotic
Ital (The Universal Side)
The Adventures In Wonderland

From the Album Do You Want More?!!!??! (1995) (buy at

Distortion To Static
Mellow My Man
I Remain Calm
Lazy Afternoon
Do You Want More?!!!??!
What Goes On Pt. 7
Swept Away
You Ain't Fly
Silent Treatment
The Lesson Pt. 1
The Unlocking

From the Album From The Ground Up (1994) (buy at

Distortion To Static
Mellow My Man
Dat Scat
Do You Want More?!!!??!

From the Album Organix (1993) (buy at

The Roots Is Comin'
Pass The Popcorn
The Anti-Circle
Writters Block
Good Music (Prelude)
Good Music
Leonard I-V
I'm Out Deah
Popcorn Revisited
Common Dust
The Session (Longest Posse Cut In History)

Other Songs:
Act Too (The Love Of My Life)(Remix) (Brown Sugar Soundtrack)
Distortion To Static (Freestyle Mix)
For The Love Of Money
Glitches (Down To Earth Soundtrack)
Proceed II
Proceed III
Proceed IV (A. J. Shine's Proceed W/O A Pause)
Proceed V
Rhymes And Ammo (Remix)
Roots And Aphillyation Unreleased
Silent Treatment (Beatminerz Remix)
Tao of the Machine (Blade II Soundtrack)
The 'Notic (Men In Black Soundtrack)
The Good, The Bad And The Desolate (High School High Soundtrack)
The Jump
Ya All Know Who! (The Wood Soundtrack)

The Roots Info:

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.

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. -Wikipedia

Also known as:
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

Years active:

Associated acts:
DJ Jazzy Jeff
Jill Scott
Jaguar Wright
Amel Larrieux
John Legend
Dave Chappelle
Erykah Badu
Big K.R.I.T.
Jimmy Fallon
Elvis Costello

Black Thought -
rapping (1987-present)

Questlove -
drums (1987-present)

Kamal Gray -
electronic keyboard (1994-present)

F. Knuckles -
percussion (2001-present)

Captain Kirk Douglas -
electric guitar (2003-present)

Tuba Gooding, Jr. (Damon Bryson) -
sousaphone (2007-present)

James Poyser -
electronic keyboard
(For The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and occasional performances only)

Mark Kelley -
bass guitar (2011-present)

Past members:
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.
Black Thought

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.
Black Thought

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.
Black Thought

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.
Black Thought

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