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").
Hip hop · neo soul · jazz rap · alternative hip hop
Def Jam · DGC · MCA · Interscope-Geffen-A&M · Interscope Geffen A&M · Okayplayer
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Organic · Confident · Rousing · Freewheeling · Warm · Stylish · Hypnotic · Earthy · Boisterous · Passionate · Fun · Sprawling · Summery · Sophisticated · Cerebral · Literate · Provocative · Rollicking · Street-Smart · Reverent · Irreverent
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