October 3rd – Black Thought of The Roots was born Tariq Trotter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on this day in 1970.
Black Thought met Ahmir Thompson, who would later be known to the world as Questlove, at The Philadelphia High School For Performing Arts.
It was there that they formed a duo called The Square Roots and would perform as a duo with Thompson drumming and Black Thought rapping.
Eventually, MC Malik B. join the group when Thought met him at Millersville University.
The Roots would in 1993 add bassist Josh Abrams to the group, who the following year would be replaced by Leonard Hubbard and future superstar producer Scott Storch on keyboards, who would soon be replaced by Kamal Gray.
Over the years, The Roots have had two more bass players, Owen Biddle and Mark Kelley, guitarist Ben Kenney and Captain Kirk Douglas, percussionist Frankie Knuckles, sousaphonist Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson as well as beatboxers Rahzel and Scratch.
The Roots, who are the current in-house band for NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” also include longtime collaborator James Poyser on keyboards for the show.
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