Leonard “Hub” Hubbard was The Roots’ bass player (known for his sleeveless hoodies and ubiquitous chew stick) before a cancer diagnosis forced him to leave the group in 2007. Now Hubbard is suing members of the legendary Roots crew for being short changed on revenue he feels he is due.
Ex-bass player, Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, started in the Philly band in 1992 — before they were even called The Roots … and played with them until 2007, when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma … a form of blood cancer. The illness forced him to leave the band, 2 years before they started backing Jimmy Fallon on late night TV.
Hub says his deal with the band called for him to continue getting paid as a co-owner. But in his lawsuit, Hub says a former manager for the group sent him a letter in 2014 threatening he was going to lose his health insurance and his cut of the band’s revenues.
He says other band members continue to get a bigger share of the pie than they deserve … while he’s left out in the cold. Hub is suing founding members Questlove and Black Thought and their current manager.
Damn, we gotta hear both sides on this one.
Back in 2014, the Roots’ longtime manager Rich Nichols passed away.
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