New The Roots Songs, Mixtapes & Videos


The Roots Tap 9th Wonder & Salaam Remi for Upcoming ‘End Game’ Album [Feature ]

There is no timetable for the release of The Roots' forthcoming full-length, End Game, but we're learning more about the production muscle that the Philly crew has recruited for their 12th and final solo... Read More


Questlove Remembers the Moment Kanye West Became the “New Leader” of Conscious Rap [Feature ]

In September 2004, Dave Chappelle threw a block party in Brooklyn that was turned into an aptly titled documentary, Dave Chapelle’s Block Party, the following year. Inspired by the 1972 Wattstax benefit concert... Read More


Questlove’s Reaction to New ATCQ Album Will Skyrocket Your Expectations [Feature ]

Considering the current political and social climate, when news of the first A Tribe Called Quest album in 18 years recently surfaced, hip-hop heads were understandably excited. All the hype factors are here on this album.... Read More


Questlove Becoming Pandora Strategic Advisor is a Huge Win for Quality Hip-Hop [Feature ]

Just days after announcing plans to enter into competition with the likes of Apple Music, TIDAL and Spotify, Pandora has made yet another power move. The internet radio platform, which is available only in Australia,... Read More


The Roots Made $120K to Play Chicago Festival, Donnie Trumpet $15K [Feature ]

We hear all the time now the real money in music is in live shows, not albums, but while music consumption is meticulously tracked through the charts, it's rare to get any real numbers around live shows. So when the... Read More


Black Thought is the Best Emcee Alive, Period [Feature ]

For the past five months I've been grumpy and cold. That's all. Well, high sometimes too, but mainly grumpy and cold.  Every time I step outside I think, "Why the fuck do I live where it snows?" Every... Read More


The Roots ft. Patty Crash - Never [Stream]

As countless reviewers have noted, The Roots’ latest full-length is a heady concept piece that bears little resemblance to your typical hip-hop album. Be that as it may, the project does feature a number of tracks... Read More


The Roots’ New Album Made Me A Better Music Fan [Feature ]

I promise this isn't a shameless plug, but did y'all check out Yoh's piece? With "Want Better Hip-Hop? Be a Better Fan" Yoh pointed the finger back at us, challenging both you and me to be better hip-hop fans. He left us with... Read More


The Roots - ...and then you shoot your cousin [Album]

It's been three long years since The Roots dazzled critics and listeners alike with undun, a concept album chronicling the rise and fall of a young hustler. With the follow-up, ...and then you shoot your cousin, the Philly... Read More


The Roots ft. Dice Raw & Greg Porn - Understand [Stream]

With their eleventh studio album, the enigmatically titled ...and then you shoot your cousin, set to drop next week, the legendary Roots crew roll through with their new stop motion video for Understand. Also featuring rhymes... Read More


The Roots ft. Raheem Devaughn - Tomorrow [Stream]

It’s easy to get lost in the comfort of our current situation, thus leading to the roots of greed. Instead, the legendary Roots are here with Raheem DeVaughn to take it back a notch so we can all count our blessings. On... Read More


The Roots ft. Greg Porn - When The People Cheer [Stream]

The Roots’ last solo album, 2011’s undun, chronicled the rise and dramatic downfall of a middleman in the drug trade. On the forthcoming follow-up, the Philly representatives will shift focus to tackle the... Read More


Five Fall Albums To Check Out [Feature ]

Leaves are changing, the air is crisping, and jack-o-lanterns are being carved; fall is in full force! Fall may be defined by football, candy and eating pumpkin pie until your pants don’t fit, but lets not forget that there... Read More


The DJBooth Presents: Dedication to the Roots Festival [Feature ]

Philadelphia, Penn. -- This July 4, the industry's premier live-band hip-hop acts, including local icons The Roots, will come together to rock the stage as part of the Philly 4th of July Jam. Inspired by that event, The... Read More


The Roots - Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around [Video]

On February 14, the soundtrack to the film Soundtrack to a Revolution will be released. It features contemporary artists singing traditional Civil Rights-era freedom songs. The Roots perform Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me... Read More


The Roots - undun [Album]

Over the course of two decades and 14 albums (more or less), The Roots have simultaneously become the most hip-hop group in hip-hop, and the least hip-hop group in hip-hop. While the legendary Philly crew began as the... Read Full Review


The Roots ft. Phonte & Dice Raw - One Time [Stream]

The Roots’ 13th full-length may be an epic concept album following the rise and fall of a youth in the ‘hood, but the ambitious nature of the project hasn’t distracted the crew from their career-long mission... Read More


The Roots - Make My [Video]

The Roots deliver a teaser video to their Big K.R.I.T. backed single, Make My. For more from the Philly crew be sure to check out their upcoming album undun (more info below), dropping December 6. “undun is an... Read More


The Roots ft. Big K.R.I.T. & Dice Raw - Make My [Stream]

Can I belatedly put “Hear a Roots and Big K.R.I.T. collaboration” on my bucket list just so I can cross it off? Frankly the thought of the legendary Philly crew and the Meridian, Miss. representer working together... Read More


Coverage: Platform-1 Presents Dare 2 Dream: The Roots Live [Exclusive] [Feature ]

All photos provided by Marc Perlish You can visit his portfolio here. Chicago, Ill. -- Last Saturday, our good friends at Platform-1 presented their annual Dare 2 Dream benefit concert at the Chicago House of Blues,... Read More


Who Wants (More) Tickets to See The Roots Live in Chicago? [Feature ]

When it comes to live shows, there's The Roots, and then there's everyone else. Fresh off the release of their acclaimed new album Wake Up, the legendary Philly crew is teaming up with Platform One Entertainment for Dare 2... Read More


Who Wants Tickets to See The Roots Live in Chicago? [Feature ]

When it comes to live shows, there's The Roots, and then there's everyone else. Fresh off the release of their acclaimed new album Wake Up, the legendary Philly crew is teaming up with Platform One Entertainment for Dare 2... Read More


A Look Back at Pac Div & STS Rocking DJBooth’s S.O.B.‘s Stage (Video) [Feature ]

As DJBooth prepares to rock its next showcase at New York City's S.O.B.'s, we thought we'd take one last look at our previous stage burning session. So take a minute to watch some live performances from headliners Pac Div and... Read More


John Legend & The Roots ft. Black Thought - Hard Times [Stream]

Unless you, I don’t know, hate good music, it was impossible not to get excited when soul crooner John Legend and The Roots officially joined forces for a collaborative album, especially when they started to release DJBooth... Read More


John Legend & The Roots ft. Common & Melanie Fiona - Wake Up Everybody [Stream]

This is Sunday morning music. The individual sounds of artists like Common, Melanie Fiona, John Legend, and The Roots are as smooth and refreshing as a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. But the combination of all four... Read More


John Legend & The Roots - Our Generation [Stream]

Despite all the changes that hip-hop has gone through over the years, the art of sampling has never left the music. Heck, Jermaine Dupri and Diddy made careers out of sampling and re-inventing songs (see Dirty Money’s... Read More


The Roots - How I Got Over [Album]

The Roots are what every aspiring hip-hop group should hope to become. For nearly two decades now the legendary Philly crew have been making their music, their way. Over the course of eleven albums and countless live shows,... Read Full Review


The Roots ft. John Legend - The Fire [Stream]

If you’ve been binging on the World Cup this past week like a Lindsay Lohan at an open bar and are a little tired of listening to Shakira sing, The Roots are here to kick off your week with some freshness. Their latest... Read More


The Roots ft. John Legend - Doin It Again [Stream]

Just this past February, I got a text message that was apparently sent out exclusively to Black recipients that read: “It’s Black History Month – recognize your roots and get a relaxer,” (if you don’t understand... Read More


The Roots ft. Jim James & The Monsters of Folk - Dear God 2.0 [Stream]

The last time The Roots put out a track with “2.0” in the title, it was my favorite record of 2003. Now, here in 2010, The Roots present us with the brand new single off their upcoming album, entitled Dear God 2.0. Dear... Read More


Ludacris ft. The Roots - I Do It for Hip-Hop [Stream]

With all apologies to my wedding, I can say that some of the best moments of my life have involved The Roots’ live shows, so when I heard Philly’s finest hip-hop crew had but out a collection of some of their best... Read More


The Roots - How I Got Over [Stream]

Whatever your opinion is on Jimmy Fallon’s run as host of The Late Show, there’s no question that the program boasts the best house band in late-night television—and if you, like me, haven’t tuned in since... Read More


MGD’s Genuine Flow Concert Series Hits Chicago; Features The Roots & Cee-Lo [Exclusive Coverage] [Feature ]

Chicago, IL -- Last Thursday, was invited to the Miller Genuine Draft “Genuine Flow” concert in Chicago. The event, which was held at the legendary Vic Theatre, featured performances by The Roots and Cee-Lo.... Read More


The Roots, Erykah Badu Define ‘Live Show’ at Sold-Out Chicago Performance [Exclusive] [Feature ]

By Brian “Z” Zisook There is an elemental difference between a ‘concert’ and a ‘show.’ A concert is a rapper in a white t-shirt, followed across the stage by his posse (see also, crew), while a DJ spins... Read More


The Roots ft. Saigon & Truck North - Criminal [Stream]

No matter where in the world you live, racism is prevalent.  For centuries, minorities have been unfairly beaten, shot and tortured because of their ethnicities and unfortunately, as of late, we have sadly been reminded... Read More


The Roots - Rising Down [Album]

There will never be another group like The Roots. In an industry that’s currently cycling through new artists quicker than Weezy going through a bottle of syrup, Philly’s finest have somehow managed to develop a... Read Full Review


The Roots ft. Wale & Chrisette Michele - Rising Up [Stream]

Two weeks ago, DJBooth featured The Roots’ new track Rising Down.  Assisted by Mos Def, Styles P, and Dice Raw, the song set the tone for the group’s upcoming eighth album of the same name, a musical depiction of... Read More


The Roots ft. Mos Def, Styles P & Dice Raw - Rising Down (Hum Drum) [Stream]

With a highly-anticipated presidential election later in the year (yes, people are looking forward to more than just The Carter III), more and more music will start to become political.  Those who follow hip-hop closely,... Read More


The Roots Get Political, To Release “Rising Down” on April 29 [Feature ]

New York, NY -- Grammy award winning hip-hop trailblazers The Roots are set to release Rising Down on April 29th via Def Jam Recordings. Known for their prolific lyrics and live instrumentation, the Legendary Philadelphia... Read More


The Roots - 75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction) [Stream]

Believe it or not, hip-hop has not always been a three verse song (featuring a guest artist) with a sung hook and radio friendly bridge.  Although every major record company refuses to push a record with anything but... Read More


The ROOTS Jam on With ROCK THE VOTE [Feature ]

LOS ANGELES, LA -- This year's 5th annual Roots Jam Session proved to be the best escape from traditional industry parties. The 4-hour jam packed out Sunset Boulevard's famous Key Club with the backbone of the industry --... Read More


The Roots, Common Set To Premiere Documentaries During NBA All Star Weekend [Feature ]

New York, NY -- Black History Month during the All Star weekend may have just become a little more cultural besides the endless parties and basketball activities that it's known for. The 'Other' Movie Industry Film Festival... Read More


DRUM! Interactive Launches Featuring ?uestlove of The Roots [Feature ]

San Jose, CA -- Enter Music Publishing, publishers of worldwide, hip percussion magazines, including DRUM! and TRAPS Magazines, today announced the launch of DRUM! Digital ( DRUM! Digital is a free, online... Read More


The Roots ARE: MTVu’s Live Leak [Feature ]

MTVu’s Live Leak will be showing a new track by The Roots every day this week, culminating in a new track every hour on the hour on Game Theory’s release date, August 29th! It all kicked off yesterday with “Here I... Read More