The Roots

Album Cover: The Roots – ‘…and then you shoot your cousin’

...and then you shoot your cousin

The worlds of art and hip-hop collide on the cover of The Roots’ upcoming album …and then you shoot your cousin. The artwork features a reproduction of Romare Bearden’s 1964 mixed media collage “Pittsburgh Memory.”

The project, whose title was inspired by KRS-One, arrives May 19 featuring the single “When the People Cheer,” which debuted last week.

In between their nightly appearances on “The Tonight Show,” The Roots will play Hot 97′s Summer Jam with some friends on June 1.

What do you think of The Roots’ cover art? Weigh in below.

Nas Performs with Q-Tip and The Roots on ‘The Tonight Show’

Q-Tip and Nas

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his seminal debut Illmatic, Nas stopped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday. With some help from Q-Tip and The Roots, the hip-hop icon delivered his ’90s classic “One Love.”

They kept the jam session going after the show, performing “The World Is Yours” as a web exclusive.

If you’re at Coachella this weekend, you can catch Nas performing Illmatic in its entirety.

His anniversary compilation Illmatic XX, which features rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles, arrives April 15.

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New Music: The Roots – ‘When the People Cheer’

When the People Cheer

In between their new gig on “The Tonight Show,” The Roots have been busy working on their first album in three years.

Questlove, Black Thought, and the rest of the crew get back to business with “When the People Cheer,” the first single from their 13th project & Then You Shoot Your Cousin, due May 19.

On June 1, they will perform with some special guests at Hot 97 Summer Jam.

UPDATE: Listen to the CDQ below.

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Questlove Plays Dead Body on ‘Law & Order: SVU’


Questlove made his strange dream come true. The Roots drummer played dead—literally—during his appearance on Wednesday night’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

In a scene with Ice-T, Tamara Tunie, and Kelli Giddish, he lay out on a slab with a bullet wound to the head in the medical examiner’s office before a sheet was pulled over his face.

In November, he told Us Weekly that it was his fantasy to play a dead body on the show.

Watch Questlove go unnoticed in his killer cameo.

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Jhené Aiko Performs ‘The Worst’ on ‘Fallon’

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko sailed into the weekend with a performance on Friday’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Accompanied by The Roots, the L.A. songstress performed her emotional single “The Worst” off her EP Sail Out.

During the taping earlier in the week, Drake showed up to support his tourmate. “Congrats on an amazing performance,” he told Jhené.

She plans to release her full-length debut Souled Out in May. According to VIBE, it will feature her daughter Namiko Love, who appears on a song called “Promises.”

Tune in to “SNL” tonight to see Jhené join Drake on stage.

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Ariana Grande Performs ‘Last Christmas’ on ‘Fallon’

Ariana Grande

While you were feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie, Ariana Grande was serving up a holiday performance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Thanksgiving night. Dressed in red, the 20-year-old songstress returned to the show to perform her remake of Wham!’s “Last Christmas” with some help from The Roots.

On Tuesday, she will release her third Christmas single, “Snow in California,” off her upcoming Christmas EP Christmas Kisses.

She also taped a performance for NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” which airs on December 4.

See Ariana kick off the holiday season on “Late Night.”

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M.I.A. Performs with The Roots on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’


With her fourth album Matangi in stores, M.I.A. stopped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday night for an interview and performance.

The Sri Lankan rapper recounted her embarrassing run-in with The Roots at a club in Japan, where she hit a glass wall and fell down.

“That was the coolest fall of all time,” said Questlove.

She later performed her single “Come Walk With Me” with some help from the band, marking her first time performing with a band in the U.S.

If you’re in L.A., you can catch her performing at the Belasco Theater on Monday and Tuesday during her “Matangi” tour. She will also perform on “Conan” on Nov. 13 and “The Colbert Report” on Nov. 20.

Watch M.I.A. rock with The Roots below.

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