The Roots See Audience Explosion

have almost always garnered critical acclaim, but only recently have they broken through to large audiences or those outside of intelligent hip-hop circles. “It’s very awesome and surprising,” drummer and producer Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson tells the Las Vegas Mercury. “We’re seeing the fruits of all our labor, because in the same cities where, in 1992 or 1993, we were playing to 23 people, and 14 of ’em worked at the club, now we come back to 10,000 people.” Read more.

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