The Roots

Aug
18
2 Chainz Performs with The Roots on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

2 Chainz

2 Chainz capped off his release week by hitting up “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Swagged out in all gray with two chains around his neck, Deuce performed a medley of “No Lie” and “Spend It” with some help from The Roots. His solo debut Based on a T.R.U. Story will enter at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week with 130-140,000 copies sold. Later this month, he will kick off his national headlining tour. Click here for tour dates.

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Jul
25
Nelly Visits ‘Late Night,’ Performs ‘Hot in Herre’ with The Roots

Nelly

Nelly has been keeping a low profile lately, but he returned to the spotlight on Tuesday night. The St. Louis rapper paid a visit to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to promote his role as a mentor on The CW’s music competition series “The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep.” He reminisced on his job as a UPS worker and admitted to watching reality shows including “Bridezillas” and “Duck Dynasty.”

Earlier this month, Nelly released his Chris Brown-assisted single “Marry Go Round” and has been in the studio finishing his new album M.O., due later this year. “I represent my family, my city, myself at all times, so M.O. explains it all,” he said of the title.

To cap things off, he hit the stage for an impromptu performance of “Hot in Herre,” with some help from The Roots and Jimmy Fallon.

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Jul
9
Frank Ocean Makes TV Debut on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ [Video]

Frank Ocean

With all the buzz surrounding his music and personal life, Frank Ocean made his television debut on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Monday night.

To celebrate the release of his Def Jam debut channel ORANGE, which dropped a week early on iTunes (stream it here), the acclaimed singer-songwriter was joined by The Roots and a string section as he performed “Bad Religion,” one of the cuts on the album that sparked rumors about his sexuality.

“It’s a it’s a bad religion/ To be in love with/ Someone who could never love you/ Only bad only bad religion/ Could have me feeling the way I do,” sings the Odd Future crooner, who will kick off his North American tour on July 13 in Seattle.

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Jul
5
Lauryn Hill Surprises at The Roots’ 4th of July Jam

Lauryn Hill

Before the actual fireworks went off, Lauryn Hill lit up the stage with a surprise set at The Roots’ 4th of July Jam in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Fugees frontwoman, who recently plead guilty to tax evasion, worked up a sweat as she performed her hits including “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Ex-Factor” in a short white dress with red and python platform heels. Common, Queen Latifah, and Joe Jonas were also on the bill.

Watch Ms. Hill set off sparks with her spirited set.

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May
12
Big K.R.I.T. Performs ‘I Got This’ with The Roots on ‘Fallon’

Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T. brought his Southern charm to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Friday night. The Mississippi MC joined The Roots while performing his single “I Got This” off his Def Jam debut Live From the Underground, due June 5. You can catch him live on his upcoming tour, which kicks off July 11 in Detroit.

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Apr
7
Future Makes ‘Magic’ with The Roots on ‘Late Night’

Future

Future worked his “Magic” with The Roots on Friday’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Decked out in his “superstar attire”—a gray suit, Yankees cap, and sneakers—the Atlanta rapper joined the world famous crew while performing the single off his debut album Pluto, due April 17. Voilà!

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Mar
1
John Legend Covers Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ on ‘Fallon’

Jimmy Fallon and John Legend

John Legend visited “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to pay homage to Bruce Springsteen during the show’s week-long tribute to The Boss. Accompanied by The Roots, the R&B crooner took a seat at the piano and put a jazzy spin on Springsteen’s 1984 classic “Dancing in the Dark.” Watch his cover below.

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