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The Roots
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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)
Stro Elliot
Jeremy Ellis
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
Kid Crumbs
F. Knuckles
Nikki Yeoh
Music Genre(s) Hip hop
neo soul
jazz rap
alternative hip hop
Music Genre Rap
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Year(s) Active 1987–present
1987 (1987)–present
Record Label Def Jam
DGC
MCA
Interscope-Geffen-A&M
Interscope Geffen A&M
Okayplayer
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 band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots currently serve as the house band on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, having served in the same role on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009–2014.

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