The Roots‘ Questlove recently discussed his group’s role on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and revealed their five-year contract with the nightly program.
Speaking with Shade 45 radio host Angela Yee, Quest broke down his crew’s deal on the show.
“It’s a real job,” Quest explained. “Five years, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not touring or we’re not making records. Yeah, five years, I mean right now, this particular year we have 12 weeks off, we’re pretty much booking up all this 12 weeks…It’s only week number three, let me remind you.” (Shade 45)
The Roots previously revealed a few musical guests, including Ludacris, for their first week as the show’s official house band.
In addition to playing walk-on and bumper music, the group will back the show’s musical guests. The first week’s music lineup includes rapper Ludacris. The Roots are also planning to feature guest players with the band, including Blue Note pianist Robert Glasper and Heads Up International bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding. “We’re pretty much open to the idea of having artists on who wouldn’t necessarily be put on a late-night talk show,” Questlove said in an interview. (Billboard)
Making the move from a low-profile critically acclaimed band, to being featured on a major network, the group recently confessed to having initial doubts.
“Initially I was a little leery,” Black Thought said in an interview. “I initially was thinking, Is this just going to be ammo for some other rapper to try to dis me for?’ Like, `Your career is so over now/ You’re a house band for …’ You have to be that many steps ahead of whatever move you’re going to make…[however], It was just sounding better and better as the months went on…The pros outweighed the cons.” (Associated Press)
Aside from the show, Roots have announced musical acts billed to perform at their upcoming “Picnic” festival in Philadelphia this summer.
TV On The Radio, Public Enemy, Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, the Black Keys and Santigold are among the acts handpicked by The Roots to play the band’s second annual hometown “Roots Picnic” on June 6 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Public Enemy will perform the classic album “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” in its entirety backed by The Roots and Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas. The Roots will also play two sets, opening and closing the festivities. The Roots’ “Picnic” runs from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm. (SOHH)
Check out Questlove & Black Thought below: