If you were still holding out on misguided hopes for America's economy, here's something that should dash all of your foolish naivety. The Roots, one of the most well respected and critically acclaimed hip hop acts of the times, have announced that they will become the house band for Jimmy Fallon's late night TV show when Fallon takes over Conan O'Brien's slot later this year. What the f***? Don't look now, it gets even worse.
NBC isn't going to pay for publishing rights, even for songs The Roots wrote. This means that the band has to come up with 200 or more original snippets to play on Fallon's show. Holy moses. ?uestlove, the drummer of The Roots, told Jam Music that the group is currently writing about 25 songs a day, an unimaginable task. The band has cited low ticket sales, homesickness, and the stress of touring as reasons why they accepted the TV offer. All I can say is that this seems like a degrading and humiliating situation for them. I consider them one of the most genuinely talented acts of hip hop, and here they are now struggling to meet the demands of their gig as a house band...for Jimmy Fallon.
Amazingly, the group appears to be relatively optimistic. They hope to reach a larger audience, and have said that recording the show in NYC will allow them to spend more time at home in Philly, while also making it easier to record and or play shows in NYC. I guess more power to them. Expect a report on this bizarre situation once Fallon's show airs later this year.
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