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 A six-minute video excerpt of the first ever Roots show surfaced yesterday, featuring the band’s performance at Painted Bride Art Center in 1993. Writing on his Facebook page Questlove says: “History haahahahaha. i remember this show well. those who have Do You Want More/Things Fall Apart will recognize the “you are all about to witness….” intro (always had audio never seen video) the mc of the show was my (not then yet) co manager joe young (aka aj shine) who at the time was philly’s bobbito to cosmic kev’s stretch armstrong. he used some bus accident money to record our organix album. he also introduced us to his business partner and cameraman richard jeremy nichols. a man to whom i still hold high value and is my manager to this day.” The description on the youtube video reads:

Excerpts of the only known recording of the first show by the Roots featuring the original band members Black Thought and Malik B on vocals, Questlove on drums, Leonard Hubbard on bass,and Scott Storch on keyboards — this is PART I of the excerpts … filmed on location at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia sometime in 1993.

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