While fees in taking the nightly NBC gig are not disclosed, MadameNoire.com noted that Jimmy Fallon’s house band cost the network a cool $1 million a year and pay rights fees (between $1,500 and $3,000) for any covers the band decides to play.
The eclectic ensemble from Philadelphia started way back in 1987 when rapper Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) and drummer Questlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) met at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts.
They hit the talent show circuit and played on the streets before adding bassist Hub (Leon Hubbard) and rapper Malik B to their ranks under the name The Square Roots, which they later shortened to The Roots.
Their live shows developed a devoted following; that following only grew with the release of their first album, Organix, which came out in 1993 on Remedy Records. As the buzz around them grew, the Roots signed with DGC that same year.
Learn more about The Roots at Time.com.
And here's the quirky story of how The Roots met Jimmy Fallon, featured at Business Insider.