Watch Dej Loaf Make Her TV Debut on Jimmy Fallon

Dej Loaf made it into the TV circuit on The Tonight Show last night, one of the few woman rappers right now to do so. Backed by the Roots, the charismatic Detroit rapper worked the stage with confidence while wearing a Coogi cardigan, although her breakout single was a bit neutered in its clean incarnation. Still,… » 11/25/14 12:10pm 11/25/14 12:10pm

Watch The Roots Lose Their Shit Over the '50 Shades' Trailer

Everyone's buzzing about the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer, because Fifty Shades isn't so much a work of fiction as a culture-wide essay prompt. Easily the best take is this bit from Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show, who filmed The Roots reacting to a remixed version—with a scary scream-y face added. » 7/30/14 11:00am 7/30/14 11:00am

The Roots' Version of 'We Can't Stop' Will Cure Your Miley Fatigue

The Roots: Turning bad songs into good songs since 1987! Their newest drool-to-cool song makeover? Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop." Turns out, the only thing needed to make the song listenable was getting rid of the autotune, singing it a cappella and letting Questlove perform the "It's our party, we can do what we… » 10/09/13 11:15am 10/09/13 11:15am

Roots Cover of Sesame Street Theme Will Thrill Your Inner Child

In the most recent season of Portlandia, there was a sketch about a group of hipster parents who decide to start a band with the goal of making kids' music more listenable. Naturally, complications arise because COMEDY, but the reality of the situation is much more simple. If you want to make children's music cool,… » 9/26/13 10:50am 9/26/13 10:50am

Here's Black Simon & Garfunkel's Dulcet Cover of Katy Perry's 'Roar'

If you're a fan of Simon & Garfunkel, Katy Perry or the Roots (most of us like at least one of them), then you will love this Katy Perry cover by Black Simon & Garfunkel (a.k.a The Roots' Questlove and Captain Kirk Douglas). Turns out that when you put 'Roar' in the hands of a couple of troubadours like these two, it… » 9/19/13 2:50pm 9/19/13 2:50pm

Your Morning Jam: The Roots Do 'Blurred Lines' With Kiddie Instruments

Last night, Robin Thicke joined Jimmy Fallon as the late night host did another one of his "music room" bits, in which he and The Roots cover a song using instruments you might find in an elementary school classroom. As you'll hear, "Blurred Lines" sounds fantastic with keyboard beats, xyophone, spoons and a kazoo.… » 8/02/13 10:00am 8/02/13 10:00am

The Most Awesome Rendition of 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' You'll…

Here's some holiday spirit that even the grinchiest of grinches might not be able to resist: Mariah Carey, in all her glory, sat down with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots to perform "All I Want for Christmas Is You" — with toy instruments. It's fun, it's wonderful, it's HOLIDAY MAGIC, more emotionally satisfying than a … » 12/05/12 10:00am 12/05/12 10:00am