The Roots are one of the most iconic hip-hop groups to have come from Philadelphia, and what many argue, of all time. The band was recently honored by having a section of a Philadelphia street, Passyunk Avenue, named the “Avenue Of The Roots.”
The Roots founder and member, Questlove couldn’t contain his excitement and shared the news via Instagram on Sunday, in part saying, “really awesome to see the place we honed our skills and craft embrace us like this.” According to WHYY, a resolution was added last Thursday in City Council by Council member Mark Squilia and the sign was installed the following day. Quest expected the reveal to happen sometime in May, but to his surprise, it came a few months early, exclaiming, “NOAP!!! WE FINNA PUT THIS JAWN UP NOW!!!!!”, in true Philly fashion.
The foundation of The Roots started back in 1987 when rapper Black Thought and drummer Questlove started a friendship at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. After connecting with Bassist Hub, and rapper Malik B, the band came together. Known for hits like “What They Do”, “You Got Me”, and “The Seed 2.0”, the band has recently become a household name due to their connection with TV host Jimmy Fallon on his show, the Tonight Show. The Roots has been the house band for both Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show since 2009.
Having The Roots officially honored in this special way is great moment to honor and remember one of Philly’s greatest!