Watch Erykah Badu Cover Fela Kuti & Celebrate Baduizm With The Roots On Fallon

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Erykah Badu curated a new Fela Kuti box set, and her debut album Baduizm turned 20 this year. On The Tonight Show last night, after an interview with Cardi B, Badu commemorated both of those landmarks, joining the Roots for a medley of Kuti’s Afrobeat classic “Sorrow Tears And Blood” and … More »

Watch Randy Newman Perform “Short People” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

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Since releasing his album Dark Matter earlier this year, the legendary wiseass singer-songwriter Randy Newman has been out there on the promo circuit, talking about the song he wrote about Donald Trump’s dick and singing about Vladimir Putin on Colbert. Last night, Newman was a guest on The Tonight Show, where he performed … More »

Black Thought’s Funkmaster Flex Freestyle Is Incredible

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Black Thought can do a lot of things. He’s a key part of the greatest late-night house band in TV history. He’s been singing a lot lately. He just played a pimp on the HBO The Deuce, and he was good on it. But Black Thought made his name rapping like a motherfucker, and that’s … More »

Watch Millie Bobby Brown Rap A Stranger Things Season 1 Recap

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Millie Bobby Brown, the 13-year-old child actor who does really good work playing Eleven on Stranger Things, likes to rap. We know this. She’s done it on The Tonight Show, on the Golden Globes opening musical number, and (sort of) at the Emmys. Now that season two of Stranger Things is up … More »

Watch The Roots & Bilal Perform A 12-Minute “It Ain’t Fair” For Tiny Desk Concert

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The Roots haven’t released a studio album since 2014’s …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, and these days, their duties as Tonight Show house band keep them pretty busy. But this past summer, they teamed up with the always-passionate neo-soul veteran Bilal to contribute a new song called “It Ain’t Fair” to the soundtrack … More »

Watch Wu-Tang Clan & The Roots Perform “My Only One” On Fallon

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Wu-Tang Clan were the musical guests on Friday night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. With help from the Roots, a Wu lineup of RZA, Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna, and Steven Latorre performed “My Only One,” a single from their new album Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues. Watch the performance below and read more about … More »

Jhené Aiko Got A Tattoo Of Big Sean Then Played The Tonight Show With Him

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The woozy, airy R&B singer Jhené Aiko has recorded a whole lot with rapper Big Sean; last year, they put out a whole EP together under the duo name Twenty88. They’ve also been dating for about a year now. And apparently, they’re so fond of one another that Aiko just got a really big … More »

Watch The Roots’ Schoolhouse Rock!-Style Slavery Lesson On Black-ish

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On Tuesday night’s season premiere of black-ish, an episode centered around a musical history lesson on Juneteenth, an animated version of the Roots gave viewers a Schoolhouse Rock-inspired primer on the real history of slavery and the origin of the holiday. It took three years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation for slaves to … More »

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »

Dave Matthews’ Concert For Charlottesville Was A Great Show, But What Did It Mean?

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“I’ve seen hate marching down the streets.” That was Stevie Wonder, a surprise guest at last night’s Concert For Charlottesville, talking to a crowd of tens of thousands of people who really had seen hate marching down their own streets. Wonder was in the middle of a riff about how he’d never been able to … More »