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Icon: The Roots

By Christina Lee, Contributor

The more the Roots face the bright stage lights, whether on tour or Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the more their music recedes into big city high-rises and a bleak worldview. Founding members Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson still remember when they pitched freestyle raps over pot-and-pan beats on Philadelphia's South Street, and when Thompson got accepted to Julliard but couldn't afford to attend. In the 25 years since, the hip-hop band… more »

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Icon: The Roots

By Christina Lee, Contributor

The more the Roots face the bright stage lights, whether on tour or Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the more their music recedes into big city high-rises and a bleak worldview. Founding members Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson still remember when they pitched freestyle raps over pot-and-pan beats on Philadelphia's South Street, and when Thompson got accepted to Julliard but couldn't afford to attend. In the 25 years since, the hip-hop band… more »