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Roots, The

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The Roots: Deeper Roots

Profile and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, November 1996


The Roots: Illadelph Halflife (Geffen)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, 1 February 1997

HIP HOP RULE NUMBER 4080: "live" instrumentation and hip hop don't mix. Hip hop rule Number 4081: except for The Roots. The exception, the exceptional, ...

Apocalypse Now: The Roots

Report and Interview by Miles Marshall Lewis, Spin, March 1999

THE ROOTS' new album, Things Fall Apart, bears all the signs of the Big Statement. There are five separate covers, each featuring a disturbing historical ...

Prince Paul: A Prince Among Thieves (Tommy Boy); The Roots: Things Fall Apart (MCA)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Spin, March 1999

WHAT'S SO satisfying about the new offerings from Prince Paul and the Roots is how cut-off they seem from both indie-rap's 12-inch fetishism and pop-rap's ...

The Roots: Things Fall Apart

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, Village Voice, The, March 1999

USED TO BE, a hiphop love song was something like Rakim's 'Mahogany' or Shallah Raekwon's 'Ice Cream'- tunes celebrating shorties from around the way; hardrocks ...

The Roots: House of Blues, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 10 March 1999

A Stripped-Down Hip-Hop Beat ...

The Roots, Melky Sedeck: Astoria, London

Live Review by Carl Loben, Melody Maker, 15 May 1999

R&B. WE HATE that schmaltzy shit, don't we? Well, no, not when it's as sassy and spiritually uplifting as Melky Sedeck. ...

Down to The Roots

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Chicago Tribune, 22 July 2001

TO UNDERSTAND WHY the Roots are the world's best live-on-stage hip-hop act, you have to look past the front line of rappers and check out ...

Forward To The Roots

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, 2002

FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS the city of Philadelphia has sponsored the Philadelphia College Festival. Held directly across the steps of the Art Museum (home ...

The Roots: Phrenology

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, 6 December 2002

ON PAPER, 2002 has been a bumper year for hip hop. Eminem was man of the moment again, Ashanti appeared out of nowhere and shot ...

The Roots: Hip Hop Erudition And Wit

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, January 2003

"I'M ALIVE NOW!" BARKS AHMIR ?uestlove Thompson, drummer and de facto leader of Philadelphia hip hop band The Roots, and music press consumer of impeccable ...

The Roots: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, June 2003

Philadelphia's venerated hip hop orchestra deliver a joyous lesson in the genre's elastic embrace ...

The Roots: The Tipping Point (MCA) ***

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, August 2004

Philadelphia freedom: A sixth album of adventurous, organic hip hop from the city of brotherly love. By Stevie Chick ...

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

Profile by 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 ...

The Roots: It's Like A Jungle Sometimes...

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 25 April 2008

They are a hip-hop purist's dream, constantly touring and constantly praised. But behind the scenes, the Roots have a fight on their hands. Angus Batey ...

John Legend and the Roots: Hearts, Minds and Soul

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 19 October 2010

John Legend and the Roots' album of '60s and '70s protest songs is no mere history lesson – it's an open letter to a divided ...

Summer Spirit Festival: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Maryland

Live Review by Geoffrey Himes, Paste, 8 August 2016

"I WILL NOT commit nor will I submit to musical genocide," Gregory Porter sang Saturday afternoon at the 11th annual Summer Spirit Festival.  ...


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