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Poyser at the Black Lily Film & Music Festival 2007
|Birth name||James Jason Poyser|
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|Born||Sheffield, Yorkshire, England|
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
James Jason Poyser (born 30 January in Sheffield, Yorkshire) is an English–American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and current member of the hip hop band The Roots.
Poyser has written and produced songs for various legendary and award-winning artists such as Erykah Badu, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill, Common, Anthony Hamilton, D'Angelo, The Roots, Jill Scott, and Big Sean. During his career, Poyser has toured and played live with distinctive artists such DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Cece Peniston, Jay-Z, Usher, Queen Latifah, Elvis Costello, Aretha Franklin, and Hezekiah Walker. An active session musician, he has contributed to the works of Adele, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, Al Green, Nas, Ziggy Marley, Citizen Cope, Yebba, Snoh Aalegra, and Femi Kuti among many others.
His work in film and television include composing theme songs for shows such as Problem Areas w Wyatt Cenac , Hawthorne , The Break with Michelle Wolf , contributing music to the TV shows The Chappelle Show , Black-ish and the movies Fame , Dave Chappelle's Block Party , and Totally Awesome among many others.
Poyser received a Grammy for Best R&B Song in 2003 for co-writing/producing Erykah Badu and Common's hit "Love of My Life."He was also the executive producer on Badu's highly celebrated albums, Mama's Gun and Worldwide Underground. He also received 2 Grammys, including Best R&B album, for producing John Legend's Wake Up! album in 2010.
A collaborator with the band dating back to Things Fall Apart , Poyser officially joined The Roots in 2009, composing and performing live as the house band for NBC's Late Show with Jimmy Fallon , and subsequently The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon . He is sometimes used as comic foil, especially for his use of deadpan facial expressions, and is frequently used as the pianist for Fallon's "thank-you notes" after the monologue ends. Poyser also tours with the band and regularly performs at the band's live shows.
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But You Caint Use My Phone is a mixtape by American singer Erykah Badu. It was released on November 27, 2015, by Motown and Control Freaq. Following the release of New Amerykah Part Two (2010), Badu embarked on a five-year hiatus, during which she traveled to Africa in an attempt to record new music, though this never surfaced. After receiving a remix of "Bag Lady" from producer Zach Witness, Badu contacted him in order to record with him. Shortly thereafter, the pair met again and went to Witness's home in Dallas, Texas, and worked in his bedroom studio, where they recorded the album in 11 days. The mixtape features appearances from rapper ItsRoutine and André 3000.