A few weeks ago, The Roots invited A$AP Rocky to Philadelphia to perform at the eighth annual Roots Picnic at Penn’s Landing. Last night, A$AP returned the favor by asking them on to come on stage to back him up on The Tonight Show as he rapped two of his latest singles, “L$D” and “Jukebox Joints.” The songs come from his sophomore album At. Long. Last. A$AP., which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Check out the performance above.
Musical parody duo Black Simon and Garfunkel (aka The Roots’ Questlove and Captain Kirk Douglas) covered Taylor Swift’s latest single “Bad Blood” on The Tonight Show Last Night. This is one of a handful of covers the pair has done, including Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lorde’s “Royals.” Check it out above.
On Tuesday at the African American Museum, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the performers for Philadelphia’s 4th of July concert on the Parkway will be The Roots, Miguel and Jennifer Nettles. Read more »
Philly-bred Roots drummer Questlove took a trip to Cuba earlier in the year, and the whole thing is chronicled in a new documentary by Okayplayer that you can now watch on YouTube.
The film was directed by Jauretsi and Daniel Petruzzi. A synopsis: “In addition to two nights of DJing, Questlove made good use of his time in Havana, engaging in extensive cultural research both by digging up some classic Cuban-made vinyl and by visiting the legendary EGREM studios, where most—if not all—of those classic sessions were recorded.”
Madonna was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, and as you might expect she practically took over the whole show. Three Madge segments are making their way around the Internet this morning, including a performance of “Holiday” on toy instruments with Fallon and Philly’s The Roots. (What are those weird hand thingies Questlove is holding?)
Things are looking up for the Villanova piccolo girl, aka band member Roxanne Chalifoux. After the Wilcats were upset by N.C. State in the second round of the NCAA tournament, TV cameras showed Chalifoux crying while playing the piccolo. Everyone had a good laugh, and made a bunch of memes, because that’s what college sports are all about: Watching students cry after their dreams are crushed!
Fortunately, Chalifoux took it pretty well. And last night, she was able to sit in with The Roots and chat with Jimmy Fallon, as shown in the video above. She also got a gift basket! Read more »
The Roots Picnic has quickly become one of Philly’s great summer concert traditions, a one-day, three-stage festival where the Roots come back to Philly and invite some of the best artists of all genres. Last year, The Roots were the backing band as Snoop Dogg ran through his hits. Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh showed up. It was great. Read more »
Following last night’s Super Bowl Jimmy Fallon and The Roots paid tribute to the game by doing an a cappella version of Freddy Mercury’s “We Are the Champions” with a host of their famous friends—everyone from Sam Smith and Ariana Grande to Christina Aguilera. It’s a delightful watch for this oh-so-gloomy Monday. Check it out above.
In other Fallon Philly connections: Kevin Hart showed up to promote his latest film The Wedding Ringer, and got caught up in a lip sync battle with Fallon and Will Ferrell. Check that clip out below: