Watch a short documentary about The Roots’ first day on ‘The Tonight Show’

Questlove gets a trim before the big moment from South Philly barber Faheem Alexander.

“My how goal for today is treat this like any other day.” The scene opens on Questlove boxing off some feelings of anxiety as he prepares for his inaugural Tonight Show appearance. “We’ve done the [Late Night] show 969 times. What I don’t want to do is pretend that this is show number one. I want to pretend like this is show number 970." 

Okayplayer followed The Roots with cameras on Monday as they went through their own daily rituals and practices leading up to their big premiere alongside host Jimmy Fallon. We get to take a tour of Quest’s apartment, get backstage access to the band’s rehearsal, wardrobe & makeup, and chat with a few of the band members all the way up until show time.

Watch part one and two below: