Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, the original bassist for the Roots, is suing the group's manager and members Questlove and Black Thought over what he says was a broken agreement.
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter started playing together while they were still students at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Hubbard joined the group in 1992 as their first bassist and stayed with them until 2007 when he left to battle multiple myelnoma, a cancer of the blood.
Hubbard returned for a single appearance with the group in 2008 but was never brought back full time with Owen Biddle playing bass from 2007 to 2011 and Mark Kelley joining in 2012.
Since Hubbard left, the Roots, who were already successful with three top ten albums, saw their career go to even a higher plain with more hit albums and the job as Jimmy Fallon's house band.
Hubbard's lawsuit claims that, even though he is no longer a member of the group, he retains his status as a co-owner and that other members of the band are receiving a higher share of the profits than he is being given. He also says that, in 2014, the band's former manager sent him a letter threatening to cut off his health insurance and share of the band's profits. The suit names the band's current manager and the two founding members.
Hubbard's albums with the Roots:
- Organix (1993 / #93 R&B)
- Do You Want More?!!!??! (1994 / #28 Pop / #5 R&B)
- Illadelph Halflife (1996 / #21 Pop / #4 R&B)
- Things Fall Apart (1999 / #4 Pop / #2 R&B)
- Phrenology (2002 / #28 Pop / #11 R&B)
- The Tipping Point (2004 / #4 Pop / #2 R&B)
- Game Theory (2006 / #9 Pop / #5 R&B)