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Saturday, 18 December 2010


LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02:  Vocalist Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter and band 'The Roots' perform onstage during the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on March 2, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Even though this usual tour heavy band stayed at home becoming Jimmy Fallon's 'Late Night' house band don't sleep. From 'Wake Up' with John Legend to their own album 'How I Got Over' and J Dilla tribute tape 'Dilla Joint's' the band put in work, seriously hard work. With relentless records and powerful performances the legendary Roots crew furthered theirs. After an instrumental dedication to late producer J. Dilla The Roots released yet another strong album to their collection with hip-hop, soul band tracks like 'Doin' It Again' and 'The Fire' featuring John Legend. Also on 'Wake Up' with Legend, the legendary crew awoke old soul records, covering a lot of ground on a classic, collaborative effort. From 'Compared To What' to 'Hard Times' the two acts easily hit unparalled greatness together. John deserves recognition as one of the best this year as well. It was The Roots performances on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon', backing every musical guest from Kid Cudi to Elvis Costello that helped them break barriers and showcase their versatile, never ending talent. Check their incredible performances with R. Kelly and on 'Because The Night' with Bruce Springsteen (or anybody in fact) to show just how great they really are. This year The Roots worked late into the night but became even more fresher for it. TIM DAVID HARVEY

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