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Roots, The
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Alternative Name The Legendary Roots Crew
The Fifth Dynasty
The Square Roots
The Tonight Show Band
Group 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 Group Members Josh "Rubberband" Abrams
Malik B.
Owen Biddle
Dice Raw
Hub
Ben Kenney
Martin Luther
Rahzel
Scratch
Scott Storch
Kenyatta "Kid Crumbs" Warren
Music Genre (Text) Hip hop
neo soul
jazz rap
Music Genre Rap
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Year(s) Active 1987–present
Record Label Def Jam
DGC
MCA
Interscope-Geffen-A&M
Official Websites theroots.com
Associated Acts Jimmy Fallon
DJ Jazzy Jeff
Soulquarians
J Dilla
Jill Scott
Martin Luther
Jaguar Wright
Amel Larrieux
John Legend
Dave Chappelle
BT
Kendrick Lamar
Joey Bada$$
Jazzyfatnastees
Elvis Costello
Erykah Badu
Big K.R.I.T.
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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").

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Songs

778 Songs »
RankTitleYear*
1 The Seed 2.0 2016
2 You Got Me 2004
3 You Got Me 2016
4 Guns Are Drawn 200
5 The Next Movement 2016
6 What They Do 2016
7 Don't Say Nuthin' 200
8 Double Trouble 2016
9 Becoming Unwritten 2002
10 Break You Off 2008
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)

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Nominated for 7 Awards | Won 3

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