Before the glitz and glamour of The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon, The Roots played their music on the tourist-ridden streets of Philly’s downtown South Street, but this month, they paid their dues back to their own “roots” tenfold.

Earlier this month in New Orleans, Quest, Thought and Common engaged in a short jam session with a drummer on the streets of N.O., with Quest co-playing with the young drummer and Common freestyling over the organic beat. Well, Common admitted to setting up the “chance” meeting afterwards, but it was still cool.