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The Roots

They’re my favorite Hip-Hop Group , During the years since their breakthrough in ’93 , Working with various artists like John Legend , Erykah Badu , Common , Bilal , Musiq Soulchild among many others.

Combining Hip Hop with a touch of jazz , neo-soul ,funk and more

My Own DJ Sets are dedicating to the group and fans like me around the world , Listen Below links and Enjoy 🙂

https://infamousgeneration.com/2020/07/25/the-roots-dj-set/

https://infamousgeneration.com/2020/07/25/the-roots-pt-2-a-late-night-dj-set/

They also the band of Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” , Running their own Picnic show during the last years , This year during COVID-19 period  , they’ve made an annual Picnic for 2020 and featured many artists including new artists as well.

Here’s The Roots .

The Roots was formed in 1987 by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, United States. The Roots serve as the house band on NBC‘s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, having served in the same role on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014.

The Roots are known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments and the group’s work has consistently been met with critical acclaim. ThoughtCo 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.”

In addition to the band’s music, several members of the Roots are involved in side projects, including record production, acting, and regularly serving as guests on other musicians’ albums and live shows.

1987–93: Early years

Black Thought with the Roots in 1999

The Roots originated in Philadelphia with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter while they were both attending the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. They would busk out on the street corners with Questlove playing bucket drums and Tariq rapping over his rhythms. Their first organized gig was a talent show in 1989 at the school where they used the name Radio Activity, which began a series of name changes that progressed through Black to the Future and then The Square Roots.Another MC, Malik B., and a permanent bass player, Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, were added to the band before the release of their first album. In 1992, they dropped the “Square” from “Square Roots” because a local folk group had claim to the name.

Unable to break through in their native Philadelphia, the band briefly moved to London, where they would release their 1993 debut, Organix. The album was released and sold independently. In the span of a year, the band developed a cult following in Europe, boosted by touring. The Roots would receive offers from music labels, and the band eventually signed with DGC/Geffen.

1994–97: Do You Want More?!!!??! and Illadelph Halflife

The Roots’ first album for DGC, Do You Want More?!!!??!, was released the following year (1995 in the United States). During the recording process, beatboxer Rahzel and keyboardist Scott Storch, joined the band. The addition of the two members provided additional depth to the band’s sound, and energized the Roots’ Philadelphia jam sessions, which the band would later sample for songs on Do You Want More?!!!??!. The album’s opening track features Black Thought introducing the band’s sound as “organic hip hop jazz,” and indeed; the album is characterized by a combination of contemporary East Coast hip hop and jazz influences, with a heavy reliance on Storch’s Fender Rhodes and the occasional saxophone of guest musician Steve Coleman. The album spawned three singles with accompanying videos: “Proceed,” “Distortion to Static,” and “Silent Treatment.” The album was a moderate hit among alternative music fans, boosted by the group’s appearance at Lollapalooza. In 1995, the band performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival. In the years since its release, Do You Want More?!!!??! has come to be considered to be a classic jazz rap album.

The Roots in 1999

The 1996 release Illadelph Halflife was the group’s third album and their first to break the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart, spurred in part by MTV’s airplay of the video for “What They Do” (a parody of rap video clichés) and “Clones”, which was their first single to reach the top five on the rap charts. The band added “What They Do” was also the group’s first single to hit the Top 40 of Billboard’s charts, reaching a peak of #34. Scott Storch left the band and was replaced by a new keyboardist, Kamal Gray. The band’s sound would take a darker turn during this period, heavily influenced by the Wu-Tang Clan and the RZA‘s grimy and haunting production style, replete with samples from old jazz and classical music. The album is also notable for its many guests and collaborators, including CommonD’AngeloQ-Tip, and others. These collaborations would provide the foundation for the creation of the Soulquarians and permanently forged the Roots’ association with the neo-soul subgenre.

1998–00: Breakthrough with Things Fall Apart

The group released Things Fall Apart in 1999 (named after Things Fall Apart, a novel by Chinua Achebe, which in turn was named after a line from “The Second Coming” by W.B. Yeats). This was their breakthrough album, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 charts and earning a gold record, signifying U.S. sales of at least 500,000 units. The album was eventually certified platinum in April 2013. Mos Def contributed to the track entitled “Double Trouble”. The track “Act Two” features African-Belgian band Zap Mama and Common. The track “You Got Me“, a duet with R&B singer Erykah Badu and Eve and Jill Scott intended by Black Thought for the “unconscious” population,[9] peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. At the 42nd Grammy Awards “You Got Me” won the award for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group and the album was nominated for Best Rap Album.

Steve Huey of the website allmusic.com perceived “a strong affinity for the neo-soul movement” in the album. First-time cameos on Things Fall Apart for Philadelphia natives Beanie Sigel and Eve helped to earn them major record deals later (with Roc-A-Fella and Ruff Ryders, respectively). After this album, Dice Raw left the collective to record his solo debut album Reclaiming the Dead. In the summer, the band performed at the Woodstock ’99 concert in New York state.

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