The Roots (band)

The Roots (band)

About The Roots (band)

The Roots is an American Grammy Award winning hip hop/neo soul band formed in 1987 by Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter and Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are known for a jazzy, eclectic approach to hip hop which includes live instrumentals. Malik B., Leonard 'Hub' Hubbard, and Josh Abrams were added to the band, originally called The Square Roots. Since their first independent album release, the band has released 10 studio albums, two EPs, two collaboration albums and have collaborated with a wide range of artists from different genres. On March 2, 2009, The Roots became the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots' work has been repeatedly met with critical acclaim. Organix was the band's first album, released and sold independently. It was released in 1993. It generated enough industry buzz for offers from music labels, and the band signed to DGC. The Roots' first album for DGC, Do You Want More?!!!??!, was released in 1995.