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The Roots
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Also known as
The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots
Origin
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres
Hip hop, neo soul, jazz rap
Labels
Def Jam, DGC, MCA, Interscope-Geffen-A&M
Members
Black Thought
Questlove
Kamal Gray
Frank "Knuckles" Walker
Captain Kirk Douglas
Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson
James Poyser
Mark Kelley
Ian Hendrickson-Smith (added for The Tonight Show)
David Guy (added for The Tonight Show)
Past members
Josh "Rubberband" Abrams
Malik B.
Owen Biddle
Dice Raw
Hub
Ben Kenney
Martin Luther
Rahzel
Scratch
Scott Storch
Kenyatta "Kid Crumbs" Warren

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, United States. The Roots are known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments. Malik B., Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, and Josh Abrams were added to the band (formerly named "The Square Roots").

Since its first independent album-length release the band has released 10 studio albums, two EPs, two collaboration albums (with other artists), and also collaborated on recordings and in live shows with a wide variety of artists in many musical genres. 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 Roots' work has consistently been met with critical acclaim. About.com 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."

The Roots performed a "classroom instruments" version of "Hello" with Jimmy Fallon and Adele when she appeared on his show on November 24, 2015.

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Jimmy Fallon, Adele & The Roots Sing "Hello" (w Classroom Instruments)03:20

Jimmy Fallon, Adele & The Roots Sing "Hello" (w Classroom Instruments)

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