Access IMDbPro wherever you are with the new iOS app

Tariq Trotter

Music Department | Soundtrack | Actor
Visit on IMDb
KNOWN FOR 
Zoolander 2 (2016) | Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
AWARDS 
1 win More »
AKA 
The Roots | Roots | Tarik | Tariq | Black Thought | Tarik Trotter | Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter  Less
BORN 
Oct 3, 1971 (age 46)
HEIGHT 
5' 7" (1.70m)

Filmography Filter

Projects in Development (1 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
Past Film & Video (41 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for DetroitDetroit Producer ("It Ain't Fair"), Writer ("It Ain't Fair")  Less 2017 $34MM $17MM / —
  • Primary photo for Rock'n RollRock'n Roll Writer ("The Seed (2.0)")  Less 2017 €18MM
  • Primary photo for Popstar: Never Stop Never StoppingPopstar: Never Stop Never Stopping The Roots (as Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter), Writer ("Hey Jimmy") (as Tarik Trotter)  Less 2016 $20MM $9.4MM / —
  • Primary photo for Zoolander 2Zoolander 2 Writer ("Here I Come") (as Tarik Collins)  Less 2016 $50MM $29MM / $56MM
  • Primary photo for Martha & NikiMartha & Niki Writer ("Don't Say Nuthin'") (as Tarik L. Collins)  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for Stealing CarsStealing Cars Lionel McWorthers  Less 2015 $1MM
  • Primary photo for CreedCreed Writer ("The Fire") (as Tarik Collins)  Less 2015 $35MM $110MM / $174MM
  • Primary photo for Brotherly LoveBrotherly Love Barbershop Patron  Less 2015 $1.9MM $444K / —
  • Primary photo for ChoicesChoices (Short) Director, Performer ("Choices"), Writer ("Choices"), Writer (script)  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for Get on UpGet on Up Pee Wee Ellis  Less 2014 $30MM $31MM / —
  • Primary photo for Grudge MatchGrudge Match Writer ("Here I Come") (as Tarik L. Collins)  Less 2013 $40MM $30MM / $45MM
  • Primary photo for Battle of the YearBattle of the Year Writer ("Boom") (as Tarik Collins)  Less 2013 $20MM $8.9MM / $17MM
  • Primary photo for On the InsideOn the Inside Tom Bogotus  Less 2011 $4MM
  • Primary photo for Yelling to the SkyYelling to the Sky Roland  Less 2011 $1.2MM
  • Primary photo for Night Catches UsNight Catches Us Bostic Washington  Less 2010 $76K / —
  • Primary photo for John Legend & The Roots Feat. Common and Melanie Fiona: Wake Up EverybodyJohn Legend & The Roots Feat. Common and Melanie Fiona: Wake Up Everybody (Video) Actor  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Step Up 3DStep Up 3D Writer ("Here I Come") (as Tarik L. Collins)  Less 2010 $30MM $42MM / $159MM
  • Primary photo for The Karate KidThe Karate Kid Writer ("Here I Come") (as Tarik Collins)  Less 2010 $40MM $177MM / $359MM
  • Primary photo for All AccessAll Access (Short) Dominique  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for The SoloistThe Soloist Writer ("Who Am I?") (as Tarik Collins)  Less 2009 $60MM $32MM / —
  • Primary photo for Explicit IllsExplicit Ills Kaleef  Less 2008 $1.5MM $29K / —
  • Primary photo for SuperbadSuperbad Writer ("Here I Come") (as Tarik Trotter), Writer ("My Favorite Mutiny") (as Tarik Collins)  Less 2007 $20MM $121MM / $170MM
  • Primary photo for I Think I Love My WifeI Think I Love My Wife Writer ("The Seed 2.0")  Less 2007 $13MM / —
  • Primary photo for Stomp the YardStomp the Yard Writer ("In the Music") (as Tarik Trotter)  Less 2007 $14MM $61MM / $76MM
  • Primary photo for Rock the BellsRock the Bells Writer ("I'll Bee Dat") (as Tarik L. Collins)  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for The Ground TruthThe Ground Truth Writer ("Somebody's Gotta Do It")  Less 2006 $20K / —
  • Primary photo for Dave Chappelle's Block PartyDave Chappelle's Block Party Himself - The Roots (as Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter), Writer ("Boom", "You Got Me")  Less 2005 $3MM $12MM / —
  • Primary photo for Love RomeLove Rome Tariq  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Chasing LibertyChasing Liberty Writer ("The Seed") (as Tarik Trotter)  Less 2004 $23MM $12MM / —
  • Primary photo for Brown SugarBrown Sugar Himself - The Roots (as Black Thought), Writer ("Act Too (Love of My Life)") (as Tarik L. Collins)  Less 2002 $8MM $27MM / —
  • Primary photo for Ken ParkKen Park Writer ("Do You Want More?!!!??!") (as Tarik Collins)  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Blade IIBlade II Writer ("Tao of the Machine") (as Tarik Trotter)  Less 2002 $54MM $82MM / $155MM
  • Primary photo for Brooklyn BabylonBrooklyn Babylon Solomon, Member of The Lions  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Down to EarthDown to Earth Soundtrack ("Glitches")  Less 2001 $49MM $64MM / $71MM
  • Primary photo for PerfumePerfume Posse Member #2 (as Tarik Trotter)  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for BamboozledBamboozled Alabama Porch Monkey, Writer ("Mantan Show Music" (2000), "Burn Hollywood Burn") (as Tarik Trotter)  Less 2000 $10MM $2.2MM / —
  • Primary photo for High FidelityHigh Fidelity Writer ("The Anti-Circle")  Less 2000 $30MM $27MM / —
  • Primary photo for The HurricaneThe Hurricane Writer ("The Hurricane")  Less 1999 $50MM $51MM / $74MM
  • Primary photo for The Best ManThe Best Man Writer ("What You Want")  Less 1999 $9MM $34MM / $35MM
  • Primary photo for The Roots Feat. Erykah Badu: You Got MeThe Roots Feat. Erykah Badu: You Got Me (Video) Actor, Composer  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for High School HighHigh School High Writer ("The Good, The Bad And The Desolate") (as Trotter)  Less 1996 $21MM / —
Past Television (10 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) Composer (theme music) ( 260 episodes, 2014–2017 ) , Musician (The Roots) ( 105 episodes, 2014–2017 ) , Himself - The Roots: MC ( 65 episodes, 2014–2017 ) , Writer ("Understand") ( 1 episode, 2014 ) , Performer ("Nobody but Me") ( 1 episode, 2016 ) , Performer ("Work") ( 1 episode, 2016 ) , Performer ("Football Raps", "Jump" (uncredited), "Bodak Yellow" (uncredited), "Alexander Hamilton" (uncredited), "Gangsta's Paradise" (uncredited)) ( 1 episode, 2017 ) , Writer ("The OtherSide") ( 1 episode, 2016 ) , Performer ("Football Raps", "My Shot" (uncredited), "Thrift Shop" (uncredited)) ( 1 episode, 2017 ) , Writer ("It Ain't Fair") ( 1 episode, 2017 ) , Writer ("Father's Day Dad Rap") ( 1 episode, 2016 ) , Writer ("Somebody's Gotta Do It") ( 1 episode, 2016 ) , Musician (The Roots - Vocals) ( 1 episode, 2015 ) , Performer ("Christmas in Hollis") ( 1 episode, 2016 ) , Writer ("Mellow My Man") ( 1 episode, 2016 ) , Performer ("Summer Raps") ( 1 episode, 2016 ) , Writer ("Never") ( 1 episode, 2014 )  Less 2014–2017 319
    Show more
  • Primary photo for The DeuceThe Deuce (TV Series) Reggie Love ( 5 episodes, 2017 )  Less 2017 5
    • Au Reservoir (Oct 22, 2017) Reggie Love (as Tarik Trotter)  Less
    • Why Me? (Oct 15, 2017) Reggie Love (as Tarik Trotter)  Less
    • What Kind of Bad? (Oct 8, 2017) Reggie Love (as Tarik Trotter)  Less
    Show more
  • Primary photo for The Jim Gaffigan ShowThe Jim Gaffigan Show (TV Series) The Roots ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015 1
  • Primary photo for Halal in the FamilyHalal in the Family (TV Series) Cousin Tariq ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015 1
  • Primary photo for SoundClashSoundClash (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2014– 
  • Primary photo for Late Night with Jimmy FallonLate Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) Composer (theme music) ( 651 episodes, 2009–2014 ) , Himself - The Roots: MC ( 35 episodes, 2009–2013 ) , Musician (The Roots) ( 18 episodes, 2009–2011 ) , Actor ( 1 episode, 2010 ) , Writer ("Dear God 2.0") ( 1 episode, 2010 ) , Performer ("Fight the Power") ( 1 episode, 2011 ) , Writer ("The Seed (2.0)") ( 1 episode, 2010 ) , Performer ("Walk This Way") ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2009–2014 671
    Show more
  • Primary photo for Underground KingsUnderground Kings (TV Series) Writer ("Clones") ( 4 episodes, 2014 ) , Special Thanks ( 1 episode, 2014 )  Less 2014 4
    • The Reveal Writer ("Clones"), Special Thanks (as Black Thought)  Less
    • The Setup (Feb 2, 2014) Writer ("Clones")  Less
    • The Beginning (Jan 20, 2014) Writer ("Clones")  Less
    Show more
  • Primary photo for Late Show with David LettermanLate Show with David Letterman (TV Series) Performer ("Rising Up") ( 1 episode, 2008 )  Less 2008 1
  • Primary photo for Six Feet UnderSix Feet Under (TV Series) Writer ("The Seed (2.0)") ( 1 episode, 2003 )  Less 2003 1
  • Primary photo for The WireThe Wire (TV Series) Writer ("Seed (2.0)") ( 1 episode, 2003 )  Less 2003 1
    • Ebb Tide (Jun 1, 2003) Writer ("Seed (2.0)") (uncredited)  Less
Self (29 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for The 40th Annual Kennedy Center HonorsThe 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (TV Special) Perfomrer  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) Himself / Himself - The Roots: MC / Second Customer / Ladysmith Snack Mambazo / Freddy ( 160 episodes, 2014–2017 )  Less 2014–2017
    Show more
  • Primary photo for My Name Is PedroMy Name Is Pedro Himself  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for We Got YouWe Got You (Short) Host  Less 2017 $80K
  • Primary photo for Hamilton's AmericaHamilton's America (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for An Ode to Hannibal BuressAn Ode to Hannibal Buress (Short) Himself  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for HuffPost Live ConversationsHuffPost Live Conversations (TV Series) Himself - Guest ( 1 episode, 2014 )  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for This Is Hot 97This Is Hot 97 (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2014 )  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for Late Night with Jimmy FallonLate Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) Himself - The Roots: MC / Geoffrey Mills / Late Night Topical Caroler / Himself - MC / Ladysmith Snack Mambazo / Himself - Vending Machine Staffer ( 62 episodes, 2009–2013 )  Less 2009–2013
    • Episode #5.191 (Sep 11, 2013) Himself - The Roots: MC (as Tariq)  Less
    • Episode #5.155 (Jun 19, 2013) Himself - The Roots: MC (as Tariq)  Less
    • Episode #5.136 (May 24, 2013) Himself - The Roots: MC (as Tariq)  Less
    Show more
  • Primary photo for Four Courses with J.B. SmooveFour Courses with J.B. Smoove (TV Series) Himself  Less 2013– 
  • Primary photo for Big Morning Buzz LiveBig Morning Buzz Live (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 2011–2013 )  Less 2011–2013
  • Primary photo for The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyThe 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Special) Himself  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for The Art of BlendingThe Art of Blending (Short) Himself  Less 2011 €300K
  • Primary photo for The Art of BlendingThe Art of Blending (Short) Himself  Less 2011 €300K
  • Primary photo for Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called QuestBeats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest Himself (as Black Thought)  Less 2011 $1.2MM / —
  • Primary photo for White WashWhite Wash Narrator  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Ursula Rucker: PoetUrsula Rucker: Poet (Short) Himself (as Roots)  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for VIP LoungeVIP Lounge (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2008 )  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for Planet VoicePlanet Voice (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2006 )  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for 3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors (TV Movie) Himself (as Black Thought)  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for Backstage PassBackstage Pass (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2006 )  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for 2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors (TV Movie) Himself (as Black Thought)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Def PoetryDef Poetry (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005
    • Episode #5.9 (Aug 5, 2005) Himself (as Black Thought)  Less
  • Primary photo for I Love the '70sI Love the '70s (TV Series) Himself (as Black Thought) / Himself ( 3 episodes, 2003 )  Less 2003
    • 1973 (Aug 19, 2003) Himself (as Black Thought)  Less
    • 1972 (Aug 19, 2003) Himself (as Black Thought)  Less
    • 1970 (Aug 18, 2003) Himself (as Black Thought)  Less
  • Primary photo for The 45th Annual Grammy AwardsThe 45th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special) Himself (as The Roots)  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for American Rap StarsAmerican Rap Stars (Video) Himself (as The Roots)  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Freestyle: The Art of RhymeFreestyle: The Art of Rhyme Himself (as Black Thought)  Less 2000 $13K / —
  • Primary photo for Pete Rock: Soul SurvivorPete Rock: Soul Survivor (Video) Himself (as Black Thought)  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for Stolen Moments.: Red Hot+CoolStolen Moments.: Red Hot+Cool (TV Movie) Himself - Roots (uncredited)  Less 1994
Other (1 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Driver: Parallel LinesDriver: Parallel Lines (Video Game) Writer ("Boom!", "My Favourite Mutiny")  Less 2006 $1MM

Filter by:

Select: All | None
Edit Page Submit additional information and/or report errors on this page. If it is approved by IMDb database managers, it will be added to the page in a future update.
Become an IMDbPro Member Today
Get access to the industry's most essential research tool
Get Connected Detailed contact & representation data
Stay Informed IMDb trends, shared credits & industry news
Discover New Opportunities In-Development projects & casting notices
Showcase Your Talent Enhanced profile control with photos, demo reels, & bio