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The Roots

Rap/Hip Hop

Philadelphia-based group The Roots showed the way for live rap, building on Stetsasonic's "hip-hop band" philosophy of the mid-'80s, by focusing on live instrumentation at their concerts and in the studio. The band is featured nightly on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." The show increased their fame and soon Grammy awards, movie gigs and book deals were offered to many members of the band.