The Roots

By David Downs

 

Masters of live Hip Hop, The Roots arose from the streets of Philadelphia and embarked on an extensive, uncompromising career beginning with Organix (1993-Remedy Records), and going on to release eight more albums through 2008's Rising Down (2008-Def Jam). At their core: jazz-trained drumming genius ?uestlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) and literate, political, lyrical MC Black Thought (Tariq Trotter), friends from Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. Raised on the first generation of East Coast rap, the duo busked and won local battles, finding bassist Leon... Read More

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