Roots frontman Tariq Trotter talks movie role, Welcome America!

Even though he could have relaxed on his two-week vacation from "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Tariq Trotter says that he jumped at the chance to take a role in "Must Be the Music," for two reasons: His appreciation for Charles S. Dutton, who wrote, directs and stars in the film, and the fact that he got to shoot at Sigma Sound Studios (212 N. 12th) where the Roots recorded their demos and first two albums.


Trotter, the Roots frontman, better known to many as Black Thought, plays a hardcore rapper named Shoot First in the hip-hop murder mystery. Trotter got involved in the movie through his barber, Faheem Alexander of Faheem's Hands of Precision (20th & Snyder) who is the official barber of the Fallon show and also cuts Steven "Stevie G." Gordon and Terence Glasgow, of GNG Films, who are producing the picture.


He says he caught the acting bug after his first movie in 1999, "Brooklyn Babylon," and has since been in several other films, including "Explicit Ills," the locally shot film directed by Philly-raised Mark Webber.

Watch the video below to hear Trotter talk about the "honor" it is to curate the Wawa Welcome America! Festival for the city. 

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