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Listen Fall Round-Up: A Season Of Collaborations

September 30, 2010 – A look at new CDs from John Legend and The Roots, Jose Gonzalez and Elton John with Leon Russell.


John Legend with The Roots

Read First Listen: John Legend And The Roots, 'Wake Up!'

September 12, 2010 – The soul king and the greatest band in hip-hop collaborate on a politically motivated covers album.

The Roots

Listen The Roots: Getting Personal In 'How I Got Over'

June 26, 2010 – Drummer and co-founder ?uestlove says the band's new record is mature hip-hop inspired by change.


Listen 'Ask Your Mama': A Music And Poetry Premiere

March 16, 2009 – Opera's Jessye Norman and hip-hop artists perform a multimedia work set to Langston Hughes' poetry.


Listen Ahmir Thompson Reflects On His 'Roots'

March 13, 2009 – Drummer Ahmir Thompson talks about his career in the hip-hop group The Roots.


Listen The Roots: 'Rising Down' May Be Their Best Yet

July 14, 2008 – The album contains verses from the perspective of a child soldier in Sierra Leone and other issues.


Listen The Roots: Rising Up with 'Rising Down'

April 29, 2008 – Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson talks about The Roots' new album, as well as his band's place in music.


Read John Richards' Top 10 CDs of 2006

December 5, 2006 – John Richards, morning DJ for KEXP in Seattle, shares his picks for the year's best CDs.

Listen Breaking Ground on a Modern Message Song

September 28, 2006 – The Roots' "Don't Feel Right" is a key track on what's arguably the hip-hop album of the year.

Listen The Roots: Hip-Hop Goes Live WXPN

September 13, 2006 – The band has earned a lofty reputation in hip-hop and beyond by reinventing the genre's boundaries. WXPN


Listen The Roots' Questlove on 'Game Theory'

August 23, 2006 – Hip-hop drummer Questlove of The Roots talks about the group's new album, Game Theory.


Ahmir Thompson, AKA Questlove.

Listen Ahmir Thompson, AKA Questlove

September 2, 2005 – Questlove is the drummer for the Grammy-winning hip-hop group The Roots.


Listen The Roots' 'Tipping Point': Hip-Hop, Jam Style

July 13, 2004 – The new Roots' CD Tipping Point captures the group's impromptu jam sessions.


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