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The Roots
Also known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Hip hop, neo soul, jazz rap
Labels Def Jam, DGC, MCA, Interscope Geffen A&M, Okayplayer
Black Thought
Kamal Gray
Captain Kirk Douglas
Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson
James Poyser
Mark Kelley
Stro Elliot
Ian Hendrickson-Smith (added for The Tonight Show)
David Guy (added for The Tonight Show)
Past members
Josh “Rubberband” Abrams
Malik B.
Owen Biddle
Dice Raw
Ben Kenney
Frank “Knuckles” Walker
Martin Luther
Scott Storch
Kenyatta “Kid Crumbs” Warren

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”).

The Roots currently serve as the house band on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The Roots performed a “classroom instruments” version of “Hello” with Jimmy Fallon and Adele when she appeared on his show on November 24, 2015.

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