Formed in the heartland of neo-soul,, The Roots , are known for their use of live instruments while creating the sound of hip hop. They have a jazzy/neo-soul edge that makes them stand out.
In 1997 the group was formed by Ahmir and Tariq, who both attended Philadelphia school for the creative arts. They started playing underground, with Ahmir on the drums and Tariq rhyming on top. They began known for their sound on Philadelphia’s South street.
A short time after, two new members joined the group and completed the formation of The Roots.
The group worked hard for a few years but decided to go to London for a year to gain some experience on the ground. They made their first album "Organix" and used the profits to maintain their life in London. After recording their second album Do You Want More???!!, their popularity increased, they acquired a recording contract with, and they returned forthwith to the US with a new energy, and the promise of better things to come.
In their recording career they have had numerous collaborations with artists such asand they performed with on his fade to black tour. Even though the groups members have changed through out the years the groups mission remains the same--to make real hip hop in their own way and style.
After eight studio albums the Roots are still to find the worldwide success, that other hip hop artists have attained.But, they have stayed true to their musical roots.