November 3, 2014 |
BACK IN THE spring, a group of 30 parents and staff from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts had dinner with one of its more famous alums: Ahmir Thompson, the founder of the Roots. Conversation centered on the esteemed arts school and its needs during budget cuts. Principal Joanne Beaver attended the dinner and remembers Thompson, better known as Questlove, sharing his CAPA experience with the group. "When Questlove spoke, it was so heartfelt and genuine and downright sweet," said Beaver, in her first year at the South Philadelphia school on Broad Street near Christian.
June 5, 2012
We know ?uestlove doesn't take vacation himself, but the hardworking Roots drummer is sending his mom and sister Donn T, a singer, on an African safari. He bid $7,000 to win the trip at Thursday's Wall Ball at Vie (600 N. Broad) to benefit the Mural Arts Program. ?uestlove a/k/a Ahmir Thompson and The Roots were honored at the Wall Ball and have been working with Executive Director Jane Golden on education efforts for Mural Arts as well as helping to discuss a Roots mural which Golden says will go up this summer or fall somewhere along South Street and involve close to 2,000 young student artists who are involved in the Mural Arts summer program.
February 6, 2012 |
TARIQ TROTTER , a/k/a Black Thought, of The Roots , hosts Let's Move It Philly, a charity concert/party for his GrassROOTS Community Foundation Feb. 18 at Sigma Sound (212 N. 12th), a place near and dear to his heart, as it is where the Roots rehearsed and recorded their first few albums. He'll also perform at the event along with Roots drummer ?uestlove , who will DJ along with Rich Medina , Power 99's Diamond Kuts . Nikki Jean and the Money Making Jam Boys are also among entertainers that night.
October 3, 2011
IT'S A VERY special week for more than one very special Philadelphian. Tariq Trotter, a/k/a Black Thought (left), was born 40 years ago today. The High School of Creative and Performing Arts /Millersville grad has racked up Grammys for his work in The Roots, who are the house band for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. " What's written in the stars for this vegetarian, who has thousands of Twitter followers, but, alas, has never tweeted? This year, stuff comes together. Expect new collaborators, new friends, new riches, a happier family and some very happy Roots.
September 23, 2011
Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson has a night job. No, not the one where he sits behind the drum kit with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. That's finished taping before dinner. On nights and weekends, in New York, Philadelphia, and around the world, the funky drummer assumes another identity: DJ ?uestlove. It's in this guise that he'll be performing at the Popped! Music Festival in the Liacouras Center at Temple University on the second, more dance-music-oriented night of the fest.
April 18, 2011 |
EVEN THOUGH he could have relaxed on his two- week vacation from "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon ," Tariq Trotter says that he jumped at the chance to take a role in "Must Be the Music," for two reasons: His appreciation for Charles S. Dutton , who wrote, directs and stars in the film, and the fact that he got to shoot at Sigma Sound Studios (212 N. 12th) where the Roots recorded their demos and first two albums. Trotter, the Roots frontman, better known to many as Black Thought, plays a hardcore rapper named Shoot First in the hip-hop murder mystery.
September 20, 2002 |
Public Enemy and Chuck D. may have invented preachy, socioconscious hip-hop back in the '80s; their new Revolverlution continues the tradition. And in 2000, the West Coast's Dilated Peoples debuted their aggro-reflective lyricism with the aptly named The Platform. But in between P. E. and D. P. came the literary-rap and Technicolor sound of The Gift of Gab and DJ Chief Xcel: Blackalicious. Since 1987, the Davis, Calif., duo has made tasty hip-hop that's good for you. Its sense of empowerment is based on peaceful rage made happy and holy in a bed of jazz-hop and fluid, gospel-fueled text, without ever losing what got you angry in the first place.
February 28, 1999 |
Stop what you're doing and set it in motion It's the Next Movement - The Roots, "The Next Movement" At the start of Things Fall Apart, the fourth album by the Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots, a voice dryly observes that "inevitably, hip-hop records are disposable. They're not maximized as product, even. Not to mention as art. " With the bold Things and its hit single, the seductive Erykah Badu collaboration "You Got Me," The Roots move to the forefront of a movement of artists that is stretching hip-hop's creative boundaries and striving to maximize the music's potential as art, not merely product.
September 25, 1996 |
The first major release of the post-Tupac Shakur era in rap arrives this week from Philadelphia's The Roots, and while it doesn't sacrifice a smidgen of street-level intensity, it reaffirms just how far-reaching (and how far removed from the gangsta stereotype) hip-hop can be. Illadelph Halflife (DGC . 1/2) is the third album overall and second major-label release for The Roots, the sextet that includes lead rapper Black Thought (Tariq Trotter), fellow emcee Malik B. (Malik Abdul-Basit)
March 15, 1995 |
At the Theater of Living Arts on Tuesday night, the Roots put on a hip-hop clinic. Just down South Street from where the "100 percent live hip-hop jazz" band once played for coins on the corner, the Roots came home with a major label album under their belt, Do You Want More?!!!??! (DGC), and a whole lot of wisdom to impart. The Roots take their name seriously. They break down hip-hop into its raw, essential components - bass lines, beats, vocals - and they play it live, with the fluidity and intuitiveness of jazzmen, hooked on improvisation.