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Watch ‘The Legendary,’ a New Documentary About the Roots

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What would it be like to play in the Roots? What would it be like to play so consistently, passionately and hard night-after-night that the industry and fans all over the world end up respecting your musical prowess and dedication to your craft? A new online documentary clip seeks to answer those questions while providing some unique insight into what makes the Roots tick as musicians.

Entitled ‘The Legendary,’ the short film specifically focuses on the band during last year’s Hennessey Artistry tour. It features direction from Jeff Barake and Cam Be and is based around a particularly interesting interview with Questlove while he’s backstage at the House of Blues during a tour stop in Chicago.

“I have always been a huge fan of the music created by the best band to ever grace the hip-hop genre,” wrote director Cam Be to Nah Right when sending the film over. “In this film I wanted to not only highlight the versatility of a group that has played with most everyone in the industry. But also capture candid moments of real human beings just trying to share the gifts they have been given to the best of their abilities.”

In the film, Quest talks about the band’s dedication and quotes ‘Tipping Point’ author Malcolm Gladwell’s formula to perfection. “That formula is 10,000 of practice,” Quest explains. “And he examines all key impotant figures in history, from the Beatles to Bill Gates, they all had 10,000 hours of practice. So when you do something for 10,000 hours … there’s another level of thinking that you go to. He basically says that 10,000 hours equals genius.”

And having this type of dedication paid off for the Roots this year. The band’s tight musicianship earned them six Grammy nominations, three of which they won — Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance — for the music on their 2010 joint album with John Legend, ‘Wake Up!’


Watch The Roots’ ‘The Legendary: A Film About The Roots’

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