WATCH: The Roots Back Up ILoveMakonnen On “Tuesday” On The Tonight Show

Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Atlanta hip-hopper ILoveMakonnen (aka Makonnen Sheran) performed his much-raved-about “Club Going Up On a Tuesday” for the first time on television.

Pitchfork gave the tune “Best New Song” status in August, when it appeared on ILoveMakonnen’s latest EP, I Love Makonnen. There’s a remix featuring Drake, and Miley Cyrus has sung the song’s praises, but last night it was Philly’s The Roots who were there to back up ILoveMakonnen for his performance.

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WATCH: Jimmy Fallon and The Roots Do a Spot-On U2 Cover Performance

The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was left without a musical guest yesterday evening, when scheduled performers U2 had to cancel last minute. Bono couldn’t make it because he was in the hospital recovering from an injury he sustained from a cycling accident.) So instead of scheduling another act last minute, Fallon took an even better route: He and his house band—Philadelphia’s The Roots—performed as Bono and U2.

“We already have the best band in the world—The Roots are here every single night,” Fallon said, before slipping into Bono’s glasses and cap and taking to the stage to perform a spot-on cover of U2’s 1988 hit “Desire.” Give it a watch above.

The Roots Create Foundation to Help Students at Philly’s High School of Creative and Performing Arts

A recent $1.1-million budget cut at the Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) left the school void of 19 teachers and staff members since it was instated in 2012, plus the loss of a handful of clubs and extracurricular activities and, sadly, the school’s annual theater production.

So what’s a creative arts high school without all that?

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WATCH: Bradley Cooper Imitates NY Accent, Tells You How to Shut Up a Giants Fan in New #FlyEaglesFly Video

The Philadelphia Eagles released their latest #FlyEaglesFly video and this may be the best one yet. Just in time for this weekend’s face-off between longtime rivals the New York Giants, the ad features a voiceover by a pumped-up Bradley Cooper. “This is more than a mid-season matchup,” he says. “This is a street fight—Wall Street against Broad Street.”

He goes on to have a little fun with the piece, imitating a New York accent and offering advice on how to shut up a smack-talking Giants fan. Penn alum John Legend and Philly’s The Roots provide the background sounds. Give it a watch above.

PHOTO: Hillary Clinton’s Down With the Roots

Philly Roots drummer Questlove posted this photo of him and former Secretary of State (and future President?) Hillary Clinton on his Instagram feed. The caption reads, “Most would say ‘ … so this happened’ … I’m like ‘yeah it’s Sunday night.'” 

The pair were attending an event during the weekend long Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Meeting in New York City.

WATCH: The Roots and Jimmy Fallon Square Off On Family Feud

Last night Steve Harvey stopped by The Tonight Show to host a round of Tonight Show Family Feud that pitted host Jimmy Fallon (along with Jason Segel and show announcer Steve Higgins) against Questlove, Tarik, and James of The Roots.

The teams were asked to come up with alternative names for marijuana, and a fill-in-the-blank question that started “I love to play with my … ”

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WATCH: Bradley Cooper, John Legend and The Roots Team Up for Eagles Campaign Video

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The Philadelphia Eagles released the latest video in its #FlyEaglesFly campaign, a new series of ads designed to promote the local NFL team’s upcoming season.

This time around the video, called “Everything and More,” features a collaboration between Philly’s Bradley Cooper and The Roots, and Penn alum John Legend. Cooper does the voiceover, an impassioned monologue about what the Eagles mean to the City of Philadelphia: “This is more than a team. It’s a family. It’s our family. This is more than a city. It’s our home. This is more than a game. This is everything … and more,” he says.

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Artist Puts Up Site-Specific Rap Quotes Around Philly

Artist Jay Shells has performed quite a neat guerrilla art project, installing site-specific hip hop quotes around Philadelphia.

The project includes rhymes from Black Thought, Will Smith, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, EST from Three Times Dope, Meek Mill, Danny Brown and others.

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Roots Manager, Producer Richard Nichols, Dies

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Billboard reports that Roots manager and producer Richard Nichols passed away today in a hospital in Philadelphia after struggling with leukemia. The Roots issued the following statement:

The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades. Nichols is survived by his wife, Mercedes Martinez, his sons Amiri Nichols and Rakim Nichols, his sisters Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, Rebecca Dennis, his brothers Russell Nichols and Reginald Nichols, and the many individuals and artists he mentored in his lifetime.

Read the rest of Billboard’s report here.

 

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