When hip-hop mainstays The Roots became the house band for Jimmy Fallon‘s late night TV show in 2009, it was a safe bet that the bands recorded output would slow down. But that assumption was proven false when the group released 2010′s How I Got Over, and quickly followed it up with Wake Up!, a collection of classic soul covers recorded with John Legend that same year.
Now, ?uestlove and Co. are preparing to release their 13th proper studio album, Undun, on Dec. 6 on Def Jam. Details are slim so far. The only thing known is that Undun will be a “concept album” and is widely rumored to include a guest spot by post-dubstepper James Blake. …MORE
When The Roots signed on as Jimmy Fallon’s house band last year, we knew they’d be trading a whole lot of air time for a whole lot less time on the road. But one thing no one really anticipated was how much Fallon fallow time would allow ?uestlove and Co. to hti the studio. Not only does the band have their own album, How I Got Over, still in the charts, but they’ve teamed up with John Legend for the upcoming full-length, Wake Up!
The Roots are indeed a rare animal. They have served as bands for such big names as Jay-Z and Eminem, and are pretty much what sparked everybody’s interest to have a live band when playing shows. The bad news? It’s hard to say if they will ever truly NOT be the underdogs. Perhaps it is that very fact that keeps their fire burning. Maybe that is the very reason why they are as consistent and as good as they are. Consistency versus growth is a trap that so many ...
When The Roots decided to grow deeper, er, roots last year by setting up camp has Jimmy Fallon’s house band, ?uestlove promised us that there’d still be time for the long-running crew to keep delivering their own music to the masses. The first example of this promise, How I Got Over, is streaming over at MySpace today, with the proper release hitting stores tomorrow. We’re only a few cuts in, but it’s definitely a more mellow and textured Roots than what we’ve heard on their last few albums. Perfect hip-hop for a June gloom morning like this.
With the near constant influx of collaborations from The Roots via their daily work on Jimmy Fallon, we sometimes forget that the crew from Philly have their own album coming out in just 11 days. “The Fire” is the third cut we’re hearing from How I Got Over, this one featuring John Legend, which certainly gives the song a little more pop potential. But the fact is, with nine albums, thier own fest in Philly and an innovative television residency, ?uestlove and Co. “got over” a long time ago.