Beres Hammond with James Poyser & The Roots
Words by Jesse Serwer

Yesterday, LargeUp got the unique opportunity to roll with Beres Hammond to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, for his first-ever U.S. talk show appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. After watching Beres sit in with the Roots for a version of “One Love, One Life,” the title track off of his superb new LP, we went backstage for a rare conversation with the King of Jamaican Lover’s Rock. We also caught up with the Roots Crew’s Jamaican members—”Captain” Kirk Douglas, keyboardist James Poyser and percussionist Frank Knuckles—yep, there’s three yardies in the Roots—to get their take on playing with the King of Jamaican Lover’s Rock, and what his music means to them. A rare peek at the roots of the Roots, if you will.

Captain Kirk said it best: “We’ve played with Sting, Bruce Springsteen and, for Beres to come here today, he’s like our Bruce Springsteen. ”


  • iriedawta

    This is great. Is there a clip of the performance?

  • ma

    I love Beres! I can’t tell you how many times I have seen him in concert and I can’t wait to see him again.

  • Kristen

    SWOOOOOOON. I’d still marry him. I melt to pieces and come right back every time I hear his voice.

  • Barannah

    I knew I loved The Roots for a reason but 3 yardies in the crew!! It all makes sense now. Lovin the 215 Yardie link up!

  • vlaizaflygirl

    the Roots go well with Beres Hammond and just about everything else…