So as you may know, last night was the final episode of “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”. Its really sad to see him go because I know him being on the Tonight Show won’t be the same. But either way, change was bound to happen.
And now, Conan’s replacement is former SNL cast member, Jimmy Fallon. In a move that surprised a lot of us in the hip-hop world, Jimmy tapped The Roots (including Black Thought) to be his house band for the show. Definitely gained major props and instant cool points from the hip-hop community with that choice. But…some of us have been skeptical on what this means for the touring and the music-making efforts of The Roots since now, they have to pretty much stay in New York City for like 90 percent of the year. Well via SOHH.com, here’s what The Roots had to say, read below…
The group confessed to the initial embarassment of only being perceived as an opening television show act.
“Initially I was a little leery,” Black Thought said in an interview. “I initially was thinking, `Is this just going to be ammo for some other rapper to try to dis me for?’ Like, `Your career is so over now/ You’re a house band for …’ You have to be that many steps ahead of whatever move you’re going to make…[however], It was just sounding better and better as the months went on…The pros outweighed the cons.” (Associated Press)
Roots drummer Questlove also spoke on why the group finally decided to take on the gig and the difficulty coming with it.
“Right now, my whole life is this show,” Quest said. “This would basically match or surpass what we would make touring 200-plus days out of the year. And, two, this allows us to be home…It’s going to be a major challenge. Right now, we’re writing about 25 [songs] a day. I’m surprised we’re not running on fumes.” (Newsday)
Quest has also resorted to his Twitter account keeping fans up-to-date on his daily progress with the new job.
“A mofo gotta wake up everyday at 5 a.m. now,” he wrote unmodified. “Somehow when you are your own boss it’s no sweat…..but when you work for the man….hahahahaa…lol re-reading the responses from earlier—-y’all do realize that The Roots work at NBC now correct? (Twitter)
The group’s move to television was announced last November.
“A comedian from “Saturday Night Live” Jimmy Fallon is going to replace Conan O’Brien,” Quest previously said in a video clip. “And he has asked The Roots to be in his late night band…We’re pretty much contractually bound to stay in New York for 43, 44 weeks.” (You Tube)
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” is scheduled to premiere Monday, March 2 on NBC.