The Roots

The Most Legendary Hardworking Sure Shot!

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"Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter" Chinua Achebe.

The Roots Things Fall Apart album takes its title from Chinua Achebe's novel of the same name written in 1958. The story's main theme concerns pre- and post-colonial life in late nineteenth century Nigeria. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, one of the first to receive global critical acclaim. It was his first novel. He was 28.

The album Things Fall Apart has been considered by music writers as The Roots's breakthrough album, earning praise from major publications and critics, while becoming the group's first record to sell over 500,000 copies and was
nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album
The great author, novelist and literary master’s birthday is celebrated today. Who are some of your favorite African Authors?
#Nigeria #chinuaachebe #thingsfallapart #grammy #manbookerprize #itaintfair #oscar #igbo #ibo #hausa #yoruba #colonization #africa #minds

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Practice.
Practice.
Practice.
Mark Kelly on the bassline, but can you NAME THE SONG he is working on with @questlove @stevemandel and @kirklloyd?
Reply in the comments below.
#itaintfair #namethatbassline #namethattune #findthesample #practice #theroots @markkelley 🎥@iamsuede

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#AfroBeats
“Less Is More Folks. Master Timing/Meter/Dynamics/Stick Control & TONE before you start over-seasoning your food. Practicing #Afrobeat and the rhythms of #Fela drummer #TonyAllen is CRUCIAL to development.” -@questlove
By all means, give the drummer some in the comments below...
#fela #givethedrummersome #theroots #practice #blackexcellence #itaintfair

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Philly, we need to stand for @meekmill.
#justiceformeek #freemeekmill #rally4meek

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#TBT
Remember School House Rock?
(What They Didn’t Teach)
#HiddenFigures #TheDarkWeb #ItAintFair

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FOR YOUR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION...
It Ain’t Fair (Feat @bilalmusic)
The Emotive Musicality...
The Significant Of The Lyrics...
The Power of Bilal’s Voice...
Amadou Diallo
Manuel Loggins Jr.
Ronald Madison
Kendra James.
Sean Bell.
Eric Garner.
Michael Brown.
Alton Sterling
Philando Castile
Freddie Gray
Walter Scott
Tamir Rice...
The list grows.
Vote in Five Categories:
#BestSongWrittenforVisualMedia
#RecordOfTheYear
#SongOfTheYear
#BestRNBSong
#BestCompilationSoundTrackForVisualMedia
TELL A FRIEND
#VOTE

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FOR YOUR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION...
It Ain’t Fair (Feat @bilalmusic)
That First Verse from @blackthought!!!
Vote in Five Categories:
#BestSongWrittenforVisualMedia
#RecordOfTheYear
#SongOfTheYear
#BestRNBSong
#BestCompilationSoundTrackForVisualMedia
TELL A FRIEND
#VOTE

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FOR YOUR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION
DO YOU WANT MORE!??!
It Ain’t Fair (Feat @bilalmusic)
Vote in Five Categories.
#BestSongWrittenforVisualMedia
#RecordOfTheYear
#SongOfTheYear
#BestRNBSong
#BestCompilationSoundTrackForVisualMedia
Tell A Friend.
Head over to our @Facebook page.
#ForYourConsideration #instagrammy #Emmy #Grammy #Oscar #Tony #AwardTour #ItAintFair #TinyDesk #vote

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FALL is in the air.
Get your look in line with the season. Here’s some fashion sense inspiration from The Legendary BlackThought. @blackthought
What’s your favorite fashion season?
#Fallback #clocks #autumn #autumnleaves #philly #dean #mensgrooming #phillybarber #beardgang #beards #boots #swag #sweaters #cool #coats #camel #scarf

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Nov 2, 1999.
THE ROOTS COME ALIVE!
Where were you?
#TBT

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The Roots Holiday tour is loading...
The Legendary Roots Crew is hitting cities starting with
Boston December 26.
Keep an eye on @TheRoots socialmedia for ticket sales availability and special giveaways.
🎥🔴@iamsuede

#TheRootsHolidayTour #TheRoots #Livenation #livenationurban #livemusic #boston #newjersey
#silverspring #atlanta #atl #dmv

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The candy corn is still fresh on the shelves, but we are rolling out our Christmas offering.
THE ROOTS HOLIDAY TOUR
Is coming to town!!!
Watch this space for special offers and updates.
Have you been naughty or nice?
#TheRootsHolidayTour #Boston #NewJersey #SilverSpring #Atlanta #LiveNation #Livenationurban

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NAME THAT SONG CHALLENGE
Can you guess the song?
Let us know in the comments below...
GO!

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The age old question: “Who’s In Your Top 5 Lyricists Dead Or Alive?”
#Top5 #HipHop #Lyricists

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Even The Days Off Are On
The Legendary Roots Crew
@tinydesk @npr @nprmusic @bilalmusic
#DMV #TinyDesk

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Studies show that a little @chakaikhan in the morning can affect your day positively.
Try it for yourself and let us know in the comments.
Clink on the link in our bio to kick off your Thursday!
@amazon @amazonmusic #AmazonOriginals
Conductor: @miguelatwoodferguson
Vocals: @chakaikhan
Vocals: @blackthought
Drums: @questlove
Keys: @jamespoyser
Keys: @rayangry
Sousaphone: @tubagoodingjr
Percussion: @stroelliot
Percussion: @jeremyellislive
Guitar: @kirklloyd
Bass: @markkelley
Horns: @ianhendricksonsmith #DaveGuy
Praise Dancer: @robertglasper
#BROLL #AmazonOriginals #TheRoots 🔴🎥@Iamsuede

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Thank you Dallas for a special evening of Symphonic Hip Hop!
The multitalented
@miguelatwoodferguson arranged and conducted the grand Dallas Pops 50 Piece Orchestra with new arrangements of @TheRoots classics.
We were joined onstage by the powerful voice of @bilalmusic, the experimental musings of @RobertGlasper, spellbinding @erykahbadu and special guest, Chaka Khan!
Yes THE CHAKA KHAN!
If you missed it, please click the link in our bio and share your standout moments in the comments below.
🔴🎥@iamsuede
#AmazonOriginals #Twitch #AmazonMusic #TheRoots #TheRootsCrew #TheRootsPix
#ENDGAME #ItAintFair #Badu #RobertGlasper #ChakaKhan #Bilal

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#Rehearsal

You still have time to grab tix for this once in a lifetime event @thepaviliontmf (LINK IN BIO)
@robertglasper @erykahbadu @bilalmusic and surprise guests join @theroots and the 50 Piece Dallas Pops Orchestra conducted by @miguelatwoodferguson
If you can’t make it, tune in to @amazon Twitch. Oct 17 8:30PM EST.
#AmazonOriginals #amazon #theroots #therootspix #symphonichiphop

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Oct 17
The Roots @robertglasper @bilalmusic @erykahbadu and The #DallasPops 50 Piece Orchestra will collaborate for a night of Symphonic Hip Hop, conducted by @miguelatwoodferguson at the @thepaviliontmf
Tickets available via @ticketmaster or in our bio.
You can also tune in to the livestream on @amazonmusic Twitch Channel.
It will be a special night with a few surprises.
Can you guess who else will join us onstage? Take a guess in the comments below.
Make Sure You Have A Seat!
Tag us with pix of your tix and stand a chance to meet the band.
See you soon!
#SymphonicHipHop #Dallaspops #theroots #therootspix #badu #glasper #bilial #itaintfair #livenation #livenationurban @sgventures @blackthought @questlove @jamespoyser @rayangry @ianhendricksonsmith @jeremyellislive @stroelliot @tubagoodingjr @kirklloyd @tinafarristours @brandon_pankey @heatherlowery @livenationurban
(@tubagoodingjr shot by 🔴🎥@iamsuede @leicacamerausa)

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Wish @blackthought a Happy Birthday today and write your favorite verse from Philly's finest MC in the comments below!
(He reads ALL your comments!) #blackthought #libra #Top5 #DeadOrAlive

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"If Mary drops my baby girl tonight
I would name her "Rock n' Roll"
What is your favorite line from a @TheRoots song or collab?
Reply in the comments below.
(Pictured @kirklloyd 🔴🎥@iamsuede)
#TheRoots #TheRootsPix #music #live #photography #theseed #greatestbandalive #thelegendary #art #culture #phill #itaintfair #guitar #strummer #ax #custom #gibson #CodyChestnutt

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See Dave And Tariq.
Dave And Tariq Stay Woke.
Be Dave And Tariq.
🔴📷@iamsuede
#concert4cville #theroots #therootspix #music #concerts #live #broll #StayWoke

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"When I wrote a song about freedom two years ago, everyone was like, 'what is he talking about?' Now Freedom is more important to us than ever!" @Pharrell shouted #FREEDOM and the stadium shook when the crowd cried out "FREEDOM"
What does #Freedom mean for you?
Reply in the comments below.
🔴🎥 @iamsuede
#charlottesville #concert4cville #musicandunity #theroots #therootspix

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It was an historic moment; @Pharrell ignited the crowd with Freedom, @bilalmusic broke it down to them with #ItAintFair and @BlackThought and @blackfootwhitefoot brought it home.
Not such a bad way to spend a Sunday.
🔴📷@iamsuede @leicagalleryla
#TheRoots #TheRootsPix #Concert4CVille

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