Posts tagged "The Roots"

Jay Z, No Doubt And Carrie Underwood Billed For Global Citizen Festival

Jay Z will headline this year’s Global Citizen Festival on September 27 at New York’s Central Park. Other confirmed acts include No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., Tiesto and the Roots.

The one-day festival aims to raise awareness fir extreme poverty worldwide, with hopes of eradicating it by 2030. “I think what we found last year is that the movement has diversified,” said Hugh Evans, chief executive of the organization behind the festival, the Global Poverty Project. “It’s incredible to have the king of hip-hop on one end of the bill, coupled with the king of EDM on the other end of the bill, and in the middle we’ve got one of the biggest country stars in America.” More »

Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran And More Perform At 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam: Watch

We Overdosin'
Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots know how to jam with just about anyone, at The Tonight Show and otherwise. For their annual free concert, the Philly 4th of July Jam, they worked as the house band for top pop acts like Nicki Minaj, Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson and closer Ed Sheeran.

Following the #1 debut of his new album x, Sheeran performed “Sing” as well as his 2011 breakout hit “The A Team.” An hour prior, Minaj was forced to pause her set after a brief scuffle broke out and an officer was tackled. She had kicked it all off with pop hits like “Super Bass” and current single “Pills N Potions,” though based on reports, the majority of the 4th of July Jam spectators had flocked to Philadelphia to see the Pink Print star specifically. More »

Future & Pusha T “Move That Dope” With Help From The Roots On ‘Fallon’: Watch

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Always Be Pushin'
Future stopped by The Tonight Show Wednesday (April 23) to celebrate the release of Honest by performing its agile coke anthem “Move That Dope” (or, as it’s hilariously known when censored for radio and network TV, “Move That Doh”).

For the first time in months, Pharrell didn’t show up for a TV appearance, but Pusha T was in attendance, and The Roots filled in as the backing band. Watch the two ice cool MCs strut around the Fallon set up top. More »

Lorde’s “Royals” Covered By Black Simon & Garfunkel On ‘Fallon’: Watch

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Royal Roots
Late Night fake musical duo Black Simon & Garfunkel (The Roots‘ Questlove and “Captain” Kirk Douglas) made their Tonight Show debut last week with a cover of Lorde‘s “Royals.” As is tradition, they stripped down the song to its sparest parts, accompanied by just an acoustic guitar and those sweet, sweet harmonies.

It’s kind of odd that they got around to doing “Timber” before doing this song — in fact, at a couple points it seems Quest had already forgotten the lyrics to the once-ubiquitous hit. Watch the quick bit up top. More »

Watch Rick Ross Perform “The Devil Is A Lie” With The Roots On ‘Fallon’

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Devil's Night
With just a week until the March 4 release of Mastermind, Rick Ross stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to frighten all the olds and perform “The Devil Is A Lie.” He was without Jay Z for the performance, but he did have some help from The Roots, giving those horn blares some added oomph, with ?uestlove ?illing it as usual. You’ll also notice Rozay’s DJ added some live cutting, which is always appreciated.

Even sandwiched between a bunch of super-thirsty reminders of the album’s release date, it was clear this track still bangs. I feel like I should be hearing it blasting from a lot more cars than I currently do whenever I’m walking around NYC. Maybe next week that’ll change.

Watch the performance up top. More »

Watch 2 Chainz Peform “Outroduction” With The Roots On ‘Fallon’

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Fallon's Outro
Tonight marks the final episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as the host preps his switch to the Tonight Show desk. And to help send him out during his final week, 2 Chainz appeared Thursday (February 6) to perform, fittingly, “Outroduction.”

The B.O.A.T.S. II closer was especially soulful live, thanks to some help from The Roots. The artist f.k.a. Tity Boi was clearly enjoying himself on stage, and combined with the full band, it made for a magnetic rendition. Check it out up top. More »

Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony & More Perform At Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Watch

Better Together (At Thanksgiving)
Thanksgiving may bring family and friends together, but odd pairings dominated the floats shown at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Fifth Harmony sang their new single “Better Together” on one sponsored by Goldfish Crackers, while Fall Out Boy performed “Alone Together” nearby the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Meanwhile Ariana Grande riffed on Wham!‘s “Last Christmas” with her own song of the same name, one about heartbreak — “What you did last December, you left my heart a mess” — while next to a clapping Dora the Explorer.

Most of the parade’s featured pop acts, including the already-young Austin Mahone and Cher Lloyd, were made to appear even younger on floats. So in a twist, Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon and The Roots instead teamed up with the cast of Sesame Street to perform with classroom instruments in the show’s signature style — what may have been the parade’s best attempt at wholesome fun. Watch Fifth Harmony’s performance up top, then check out the rest after the jump. More »

Watch Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Perform A Cappella Rendition Of “We Can’t Stop”

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The Miley Bunch
Miley Cyrus was the guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday (October 8), and the controversial starlet performed Bangerz smash “We Can’t Stop.” But with a twist! We already saw her change up the song on Saturday Night Live with an acoustic rendition, but she stripped it down even more (for once not talking about her clothes), doing an a cappella version with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.

They all occupied spots in a colorful, Brady Bunch-like grid, with beatboxing and Fallon on the surprisingly strong harmony. Check out the playful, beautiful rendition up top. Then head below to watch her perform “Wrecking Ball” and tell Jimmy how she doesn’t “just twerk and lick stuff.” More »

Watch Kanye West Perform “Bound 2″ With The Roots, Diss Ray J On ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

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Yeezy Season Isn't Over
Kanye West stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (September 10) and for just about the first time in the past 10 months, he dropped the anti-pop, disturbed deity shtick that went along with recent performances of Yeezus tracks like “New Slaves” and “Blood On The Leaves.” The occasion? The live debut of that LP’s most radio-friendly cut, the new single “Bound 2.” The album closer is an anomaly on Yeezus, a callback to the chipmunk soul/party anthem Kanye of yore, and West called on The Roots to give it some extra bounce live, plus he brought along Charlie Wilson for that velvety hook.

Oh, and as Revolt TV points out, West opened his first verse with an altered lyric taking aim at Ray J (earlier this year, Ray J boasted about making a sex tape with Kim Kardashian on “I Hit It First”), changing the line “All them other niggas lame and you know it now” to “Brandy’s little sister lame, and he know it now.” Nobody fucks with the Yeezus. More »

Robin Thicke Performs “Blurred Lines” With Jimmy Fallon, The Roots & Some Children’s Instruments: Watch

You Definitely Want It
All those other late night shows can keep their pedestrian, by-the-numbers performance set-ups: Jimmy Fallon‘s sets with The Roots are an absolute joy to behold. The latest to receive Fallon’s treatment? Robin Thicke and his summer smash “Blurred Lines” — but this one was even more special, as the only instruments used were, as they put it, items that could be found in an grade school classroom.

But far from feeling elementary, the song actually came to life when set to kazoo, clacker and xylophone, while Thicke’s fluttery falsetto still sounds pretty ace. More »