The Roots

In the one true surprise at last night’s Grammy Awards, jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding took home the award for Best New Artist, beating out Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Mumford & Sons.  But who is she and where did she come from?

In the 1980s, musicians only scratched the surface of what could be done with the music video. Michael Jackson set the standard and in the 1990s, everyone raced to match or surpass him.

The 2010 Hennessy Artistry Series Finale went down last night in NYC at at Cipriani Wall Street. Erykah Badu, The Roots, Bobby Brown, Eve, Ron Isley, Selita Ebanks and more celebs made it out for the star-studded event. RELATED: Erykah Badu Goes Off On R&B Artists For Going “Pop Techno” Kanye West & Selita Ebanks […]

VIA MajicAtL Getty Images / By Jerritt Clark Singer/songwriter John Legend was in Majic 107.5 / 97.5’s studios recently and spoke with Carol Blackmon about his new album with The Roots, Wake Up Everybody. John talked about how the album came about, Kanye West and the “Waiting for Superman” documentary. He also reminisced about how […]

If you liked Wayne Brady’s Bobby Brown spoof last week, you’ll love this Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots collabo.

With President Obama announcing the end of the war in Iraq, it’s fitting that John Legend & The Roots released this live in-studio video of their version of Bill Withers’ “I Can’t Write Left-Handed” from their forthcoming collaborative album, Wake Up.

VIA: Check out The Roots performing live at Spirit Fest 2010 in DC.

FROM RAP-UP: John Legend and The Roots revive the spirit of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ 1975 classic “Wake Up Everybody” with some help from Common and Melanie Fiona. The soulful cover appears on Mr. Legend’s conscious collaboration with The Roots, Wake Up!, due Sept. 21. The Grammy-winning crooner said the original song didn’t […]

If there’s one word that best describes Ben Kenney, it’s versatility.

VIA: We continue our coverage of Levi’s Pioneer Sessions. The newest free download features John Legend & The Roots covering Ernie Hines’ obscure soul gem “Our Generation.” The song will also appear on John Legend & The Roots’ upcoming collaboration album, Wake Up. RELATED: VIDEO: John Legend & The Roots “Hard Times” RELATED: AUDIO: […]

VIA URBAN DAILY On June 22nd, the hardest working band in hip-hop (and late night television) release their newest album, How I Got Over. The latest single from The Roots’ new album, the appropriately titled “The Fire” featuring their new BFF, John Legend, shows the group in top form, specifically Black Thought who, as always, […]

Promoter Michael Kitchen is on a mission to bring neo-soul and conscious hip-hop artists to Charlotte. In the last five years, he’s booked concerts with artists such as the Roots, Raheem Devaugn, Dwele and Laura Izibor at Charlotte clubs and venues. Last week, Kitchen, also known as Kitch, brought rapper Common to the Forum. Talib […]