The Roots Similar Artists

Common - 100% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Lonnie Rashied Lynn Jnr., 13 March 1972, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Originally recording under the expanded pseudonym Common Sense, Lynn is one of the more enlightened contemporary rappers, proffering a heady mix of verbiage and syncopated hip-hop rhythms. He made his debut in 1992 with Can I Borrow A Dollar?, a series of tracts on consumer identity with the occasional lapse in Read more

Talib Kweli - 88% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Talib Kweli Greene, 3 October 1975, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. One of the leading alternative rap artists of his generation, Kweli has amassed a body of work that stands alongside the Afrocentric rappers that inspired him as a teenager. As the son of two professors Kweli was always going to eschew the street thuggery of many of his contemporaries, and his musica Read more

Mos Def - 75% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Outkast - 67% match to The Roots

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This hip-hop duo comprises Dre aka André 3000 (André Benjamin, 27 May 1975, Georgia, USA) and Big Boi (b. Antwan André Patton, 1 February 1975, Savannah, Georgia, USA), who first met while studying at Atlanta’s Tri-City high school. The duo signed a recording contract with L.A. And Babyface’s LaFace imprint prior to graduation, and immediately Read more

Nas - 57% match to The Roots

Genres: R&B / Soul Reggae Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, 14 September 1973, Long Island, New York, USA. From the tough Queensbridge housing projects which brought the world Marley Marl, MC Shan and Intelligent Hoodlum, Nas made his name as a highly skilled rapper with the double whammy of 1994’s Illmatic and 1996’s It Was Written, albums whose music was crafted with a degree of subtlety and fore Read more

A Tribe Called Quest - 56% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This US male rap outfit originally comprised Q-Tip (Jonathan Davis, 10 April 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (b. 11 August 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), Jarobi and Phife Dog (b. Malik Taylor, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA). They formed at school in Manhattan, New York, where they started out as part of the Nati Read more

J Dilla - 51% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Ghostface Killah - 50% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Erykah Badu - 49% match to The Roots

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Erica Abi Wright, 26 February 1971, Dallas, Texas, USA. This uncompromising R&B performer has made rapid progress in her brief career to date. Initially signed to Kedar Entertainment, Badu effortlessly repeated the label’s blueprint for success that propelled D’Angelo to international stardom in the late 90s. Her 1997 debut album, Baduizm, was largely self-writ Read more

De La Soul - 48% match to The Roots

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Hailing from Long Island, New York, USA, De La Soul was formed by Posdnous (Kelvin Mercer, 17 August 1969, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA), Trugoy the Dove (b. David Jude Joliceur, 21 September 1968, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), and Pasemaster Mace (b. Vincent Lamont Mason Jnr., 27 March 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA) who were contemporari Read more

Raekwon - 48% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Corey Woods, 12 January 1970, New York, USA. Raekwon is a long-standing member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Staten Island’s seminal hip-hop crew. Following the release of their 1993 debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), several of the members released solo projects. Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx … followed albums by Method Man (Tical) and Ol’ Dirty Bastard ( Read more

Q-Tip - 46% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Jonathan Davis, 10 April 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Q-Tip made his name as MC with late 80s/early 90s hip-hop pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, one of the finest acts to emerge from New York’s Native Tongues Posse. Their fluid jazz influenced grooves and Afrocentric, socially conscious lyrics helped up new possibilities in rap music, and was also highly Read more

Slum Village - 45% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Originating from the Conant Gardens section of Detroit, Michigan, USA, the rap outfit Slum Village first came together during the mid-90s. The group originally comprised rhymers Muhammed Baatin and T-3, plus producer J Dilla aka Jay Dee (James Yancey, 7 February 1974, USA, d. 10 February 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA). The latter had previously worked with Pharcyde, A T Read more

The Pharcyde - 44% match to The Roots

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This spaced-out rap crew originally comprised Imani Wilcox, Bootie Brown (Romye Robinson), Slim Kid (b. Tré Hardson) and Fat Lip (b. Derrick Stewart). Based in Los Angeles, California, USA, their goofy, fast-talking style defied the early 90s rash of gangsta vinyl from that area with a dogma-deflating blend of cool, loopy rhythms and cultural lyrics. Hardson, Robinson Read more

Black Milk - 43% match to The Roots

Genres: Urban & Rap
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