The Roots Enlist John Legend, Others For "How I Got Over"

UPDATE #2: The June 22 album has a new tracklisting, featuring a new track by longtime affiliate Peedi Crakk.

Philadelphia Hip Hop outfit The Roots have recruited John Legend and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James for their upcoming album, How I Got Over.

According to Billboard, the album will also feature a track that samples Joanna Newsom's "Book of Right-On," a track featured on her 2004 release The Milk-Eyed Mender.

Jim James is set to appear on a remake of Monsters of Folk's "Dear God."

How I Got Over was recorded during The Roots' tenure as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as working on albums for John Legend and Booker T.

UPDATE: Today it was announced by Def Jam Records that the group will release How I Got Over on June 22. The label has recently delayed albums from Rick Ross and Jeezy after initial June announcements.

The label has however, provided a tracklisting to the album:

1) Walk Alone (Truck North, Porn, Dice Raw,Mercedes Martinez)

2) Dear God 2.0 (Jim James, MOF)

3) Radio Daze (Blu, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)

4) Now Or Never (Phonte Coleman, Dice Raw)

5 )How I Got Over (Dice Raw)

6) The Day (Blu, Phonte Coleman, Patty Crash)

7) Right On (Joanna Newsom, Sugar Tongue Slim)

8) Doin It Again (John Legend)

9) The Fire (John Legend, Rick Friedrich)

Fans may also note that Philadelphia veteran act has officially added Owen Biddle as a Roots member. Biddle, a bassist, played on 2006's Game Theory album. The present Roots line-up, per Def Jam's press release, includes emcee Black Thought, musical director/drummer ?uestlove, keyboardist Kamal Gray, guitarist Kirk "Captain Kirk" Douglas, percussionist Frank Knuckles, Damon "Tuba Gooding, Jr." Bryson and now Biddle.

UPDATE #2: A new tracklisting released today from official Roots spokespeople:

Interlude 1 feat. Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian & Haley Dekle of Dirty Projectors
Walk Alone feat. Truck North, P.O.R.N. & Dice Raw
Dear God 2.0 feat. Monsters Of Folk
Radio Daze feat. Blu, P.O.R.N. & Dice Raw
Now Or Never feat. Phonte & Dice Raw
How I Got Over feat. Dice Raw
Interlude 2
The Day feat. Blu, Phonte & Patty Crash
Right On feat. Joanna Newsom & STS
Doin' It Again
The Fire feat. John Legend
Interlude 3
Web 20/20 feat. Peedi Peedi & Truck North
BONUS* Hustla feat. STS


  • jussi-m

    bout damn time this album to drop! yea, 9 tracks is not much but.. it's the Roots! and they've never done any bad album, so this gotta be great too. they should visit Finland soon :)

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  • Fuck Da Gub'ment

    That's way too many features. BTW this article looks ugly as shit with the previous tracklisting crossed out. Couldn't someone have re-typed it?

  • Beingunderfire

    I wouldn't care If They just had 5 tracks, it's The Roots. Heavy rotation regardless.

  • EL206

    The Legendary Roots Crew is probably one of the only African American bands left in America with a major record label. ?uestlove and Black Thought are good because they have been out for over 20 years and "stay true to the roots." It's all spiritual here, so if you want to jump on that gangster/autotune/bandwagon-shit then be my guest.

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  • Chrisdabawssman995399

    I guess I can deal with only 9 tracks. I'm real excited that Blu and Phonte are on 2. I hope 'Te raps instead of sings on 'em.

  • khordkutta

    Read some earlier comments, QUESTION: Have the Roots EVER put out a weak album. And dont compare their albums to one another. Compare to othergroups that came out the same time. The Roots will always put out bangers!!!

    • Bangbling

      So if I don't like the last 2 albums .. I must be listening to the wrong music. I've been listening to the roots since they were down with the goats. I don't find the last 2 albums "dark". And I am not looking for hits. The roots were never a group that made hits. I don't Like the newer songs. I think the muscianship they display live does not translate to albums. Dice raw is not a good hook writer. BT while gifted sounds like he's working a 9-5 instead of being an artist, saying nigga on every bar isn't creative. It's corny and been done before. At least on tipping point he was being creative with lyrics, his voice, and sounded like he was Emotional Engaged. You know at the end of the erykah video where it says groupthink? These cats should cut the "left of center" speech they tell people. And I think it's insulting to tell fans that don't like an album "oh you just get it. We evolved". How about as a fan of music I do get it, I see what you going for, but you coming up very short. I don't know any 30+ year old blacks running to get the roots album but they still checking for mos, common, Monch, talib, ghostface, etc.

    • vargo05

      Not sure what makes the last two albums "poo poo". They changed up what they were doing a bit and took a liitle harder, darker direction. They have said themselves that those records represent where they were and the negativity in the world and, in particular, our country. They have had a tendency of two albums having similar albums, then moving on. Organix and Do You Want More are similar albums, Illadelph Halflife and Things Fall Apart are very similar, and Game Theory and Rising Down are similar. Obviously that leaves out Phrenology which was it own entity completely and has little resemblence to any of their other albums and Tipping Point was it's own thing too. So the fact that they went in a different direction the last two albums shouldn't surprise anyone. The Roots don't make albums to make "hits". "Here I Come" or Rising Up" are the two most played tracks of their last two albums, probably. If you are looking for hits, you're listening to the wrong shit in general. That isn't what the Roots make their music for.

    • bangbling

      The last two albums have been poo poo compared to the Do You Want More from the Tipping Point albums. Most people that I know that use to check for that period hate the last 2 albums. But I will acknowledge while losing fans from that era, they seem to have a new fan base that think their albums are better than ever. In concert they are still great but the albums are lacking. The closest thing to a hit was "It Don't Feel Right".

  • khordkutta

    Who cares if its only 9 tracks, Dont forget, Illmatic was basically 8 new tracks.

  • Bob36

    Only 9 tracks... Damn

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  • b haze

    blu on two tracks, and phonte on two tracks, it's gonna be great like always, but only 9 tracks.

  • micah dancy

    Black thought is the most underrated Mcs in the game he's been lyrical for almost 20 years and he and the roots have not been honored in philadelphia or the hip hop world yet it's a shame philly needs to be ashame one the greatest rap groups ever in my book that rising down cd was damn near a classic and tipping point

  • DJJ

    I Can't wait for June 22nd. This album is going to be dope. Blu on 2 tracks? Also the new Eminem comes out on the same day! I AM READY!

  • Whoolio Gee

    I was definitely expecting more tracks tbh... Specially ish with more known rappers. I've heard of Little Brother, John Legend, Blu, Truck North and Dice Raw at least but as for the rest, i'm kinda clueless here. I figured this was gonna have an "all-star cast" or something. Either way, it doesn't matter: as long as it's dope i guess.

  • Quinn Jones

    taking it bacc to the music, i love the direction that our music is headed, the future is now and its time to have an open mind about where we can take our music and cuture.

  • bsmoov

    Everybody calm down. I know it's not a lot of tracks but would you rather have 16 cool songs or 9 bangers? Only the best songs make the album cut. These were the best so let's enjoy the music. Have Faith people!!!!

    • nickelnine

      Agreed. Just look at arguably the best hip hop album ever, Illmatic. If Nas had put in a few album filler songs, that would've taken away from the greatness of the album. It's about quality, not quantity.

  • AgenT_Zer0

    thats kind of a short tracklisting... overloaded with features... oh well fuck it they'll make it work i have faith

  • rkonmd

    WTF...9 tracks !? I wonder if Def Jam gave The Roots a $20 recording budget. With all these features, Black Thought might have less verses than the features on his own album. Those 9 tracks better be bangers. Btw, Dice Raw is trash.

    • bangbling

      They practically live out of Larry Gold Studio and run Okayplayer from there. They just breaking Larry Gold off if they have budget. What he care, he's rich.

    • bswcbJKB/LJcbedvcj/

      between doin a TV show 4 nights a week, touring constantly and puttin out mad albums, im sure their recording budget is fine.

  • Bauce

    Looks like an EP and no guests other than Blu really that I care about. Might have to pass on this one. Rising Down was dope though

  • Illesty Doc

    WTF @ 9 joints...9 aint a new Roots album its a new Roots EP...9 CMON at least hit the minimum of 10 I know quality over quantity n all but 9 new songs your fuckin with me right...this is only a partial tracklist 9 muthafuckas...

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  • gdmn

    Black Thought will embarrass your favorite rapper. dudes a beast. and The Roots put on the best shows

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  • DJJJ

    Black Thought and ?uest are greats! LEGENDARY!

  • snoopy7

    I got 2 say Black Thought is one of the most underrated MCees to pick up the mic. The Roots have always been ignored by the Hip Hop community but praised by the media ratings. This man needs his props as well as ?uestlove and the rest of the crew because this is one group that will still stay standing in about 10 years. And Little Brother breaks up over a god damn track!

  • toby

    sounds like some weird artists... but i always trust the roots. best in hiphop

  • Its Um

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    • AgenT_Zer0

      June 22nd.....

  • roots just got weak, fuck the roots

    the only thing guys I liked from the roots was malik b, rahzel was ok when he was with them but his scratching shit is old fashioned and dice raw is pretty tight...other then that, roots really fuckin suck!

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  • holdupni66asholduphos

    ROOTS are the truth. ?uestlove is unreal. Go see 'em live and tell me otherwise. You like hip-hop?These cats are the definition of. Adding John Legend will bring a soulful blend to a track or two. Looking forward to another classic

    • mannyb

      I saw the roots in houston. When the rest of the band took a break after about 2 hours, ?uest stayed on stage and played a 15 minute solo. it was so EPIC.

  • DmIzE

    lookin forward to the roots at summerfest....

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