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The Roots: They're A (Funky) American Band

Jason Gross, Creative Loafing, 5 October 2006

"WHAT KIND OF music do they play?" a Def Jam receptionist innocently asked, when queried about the Roots. Although self-classified as a rap group, the Roots' sound has always gone beyond that because it's actually a band of accomplished musicians who mix R&B, soul and pop. Ironically, Philly's current flagship act is ambivalent about being sampled, but it's not above using samples with its music. It's no wonder that even someone from the Roots' label is confused.

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