The Roots Tickets
The Roots are an influential, Grammy winning Philadelphia-based hip hop
group, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. The group is also known
as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots and The Foundation.
The Roots have released a number of albums since forming in 1987. Their latest album is Game Theory which hit stores in 2006. Other albums include The Tipping Point (2004), Phrenology (2002), Things Fall Apart (1999) and Illadelph Halflife. The Roots have received numerous recognitions including a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1999. Order your The Roots Tickets online today!
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The Roots' original lineup included Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (MC) and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (drums), who were classmates at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. As they began to play at school and on the streets, they added a bassist named Josh "The Rubberband" Abrams, who went on to form the Jazz group The Josh Abrams Quartet. They later added another MC named Malik Abdul Basit-Smart ("Malik B."), a new bassist Leonard Nelson Hubbard, and a keyboardist named Scott Storch. Another MC, Kid Crumbs, was a part of the group for their first album, Organix, but did not appear on any later albums. Another MC, Dice Raw, joined on for cameos in later albums. Scott Storch also left to pursue a producing career following the Do You Want More?!!!??! album, though the split was on amicable terms, and Storch continues to produce tracks for The Roots' albums to this day. The Roots filled his void with another keyboardist, Kamal Gray, who is still a member. A beatboxer named Rahzel also joined the group and contributed from 1995-1999. Alongside Rahzel was vocal turntablist Scratch, who DJ'd for them during live concerts. He abruptly left in 2003. Malik B. left the group in 1999 due to drug problems but continued to record, making occasional cameos on future albums. A guitarist, Ben Kenney, had a short stint with the group and contributed to their Phrenology album, but left to join Incubus as their bassist. A percussionist, Knuckles, was added in 2002 and guitarist, Kirk Douglas (a.k.a. "Captain Kirk") replaced Kenney. A vocalist, Martin Luther, toured with The Roots in 2003 and 2004 and contributed to their Tipping Point album. The current members of The Roots are Black Thought (MC), ?uestlove (drums), Hub (bass), Kamal (keyboard), Knuckles (percussion), and Captain Kirk (guitar). All members have worked with PETA to promote animal compassion and vegetarian lifestyle.