The Roots Introduce "How I Got Over" To Media

HipHopDX was in attendance for last night's exclusive look at The Roots' June 22 release.

The legendary Roots crew held a private listening session yesterday evening (May 20th) in New York City's Legacy Studios for their ninth full-length (11th including EPs) album titled How I Got Over. Among those in attendance were the Roots crew themselves, along with various collaborators on the project (including newcomer Sugar Tongue Slim), as well as Late Night With Jimmy Fallon's own, Jimmy Fallon. The album, nine songs deep with three interludes and two bonus cuts, is a culmination of almost every Roots project, primarily Phrenology.

The 2002 LP (Phrenology) was released at a time when Hip Hop was less accustomed to the risk-taking that the Roots introduced with that project and therefore met mixed reviews. With the gradual shift in Hip Hop, How I Got Over is poised to be welcomed more by Roots fans and music lovers alike, as it combines elements of Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock, and even laced with some Jungle beats. The dark melodic lead single "Dear God 2.0" is an interpolation of supergroup Monsters of Folk's "Dear God" and strays from what's expected from the Hip Hop band.

The album's title track leaked a while back, with dark tribal drums and both Black Thought and Dice Raw trading verses. Other songs include the Phonte and Dice Raw assisted "Now Or Never", where the hook states, "Gotta get my shit together, it's now or never." How I Got Over sounds like what may soon be referred to as "Contemporary Hip Hop" in its grown approach to an otherwise youthful art form, taking sizeable risks that still play out perfectly. The instrumentation of the Roots allow this album to sound like its almost live, with production altered to sound as though guest appearances on the hook are sampled (especially John Legend on "Doin It Again").

The two bonus tracks are the closest to traditional "Rap" as the first is a cypher-esque cut set to the beat of deejay scratches and the second holds Sugar Tongue Slim on the hook as he repeats the word "Hustler" and declares, "I hope my baby boy grows up to be a hustler." The album barely clocks in at an hour, but is packed with enough experimentally brilliant gems to keep the Roots' momentum going for a good long while.

How I Got Over is slated for a June 22nd release on Def Jam.

32 Comments

  • hello young world

    Hands down album of the year! Great album!

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  • Brown Suga

    The Roots been the shit! Mad I can't get to the picnic this year. If you are a fan you should see them live. I hate it takes them so long to put out music, I been waiting for this album since Oct. In their defense I guess all their money comes from touring, but they definately need to put out a live album.

  • MetalFingers

    What the hell? Little kids dont even know what black thought is saying. They aren't called 'Legendary' roots crew for no reason. This is going to be dope!

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  • JDDD

    I can't wait for this and they are wrong the title track doesn't even have Dice Raw on it with Black Thought. What do they mean trading verses that is thought ripping it in that verse. Otherwise its him singing.

  • ASEE

    Can't wait for this album. The Roots ALWAYS bring it.

  • WHAT IS HIP-HOP?

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    • JAVITO I HEAR YOU SUCK OF BLACK RAPPERS

      JAVITO YOU LOVE COCK AND RAPPERS....ESPECIALLY DOOM...DID YOU GIVE HIM ORAL TREATMENT? SOUNDS LIKE IT LOL :D :D ;D JAVITO I WOULD FUCK U UP PUSSY

    • Javito_1

      lol the people on your list have sold about 3,000 albums combined. I can already see you're the type of guy who hates on a rapper after they reach platinum status, and then roam the streets bragging to know real hip hop. gosh, if you're going to ride the underground's nuts you could at least put MF Doom up there....

    • Mr.Crackee

      alright so u listen to alotta underground rappers. enjoy your e-cred.but i do have to ask since i took the time to read the list, where the hell is Kool G Rap?

    • C-ARSON

      C-ARSON I WOULD PISS ON YOUR HEAD AND FACE...YOU EAT SHIT...YOU LICK THE BOTTOM OF MY SHOE

    • YOU SIT THERE ALL DAY IT SEEMS

      YOU GUYS I WOULD KNOCK OUT YOU PUSSIES

    • JasonCTown

      Everybody got lists dude....none better than the other, no matter what way you spin it or try to defend it. So you know a lot about hip-hop....great.

    • vargo05

      I'm not sure which is more ridiculous, the fact that you think you have to put all these underground dudes up hear and think you're impressing people, the fact that you are so egotistical to say that if people agree with you than they have hip-hop in them, or that you're stupid enough to metion the fact that someone is white or Mexican or any race. That shit ain't hip-hop, fool. How 'bout you use the word complex a few more times? Was that the word for the week at adult ed this week? Get over yourself man. We all know what real hip-hop is and isn't and your preference in who you listen to doesn't make them any more real or less real than someone else's choice.

    • C-ARSON

      da fuck dude, do you really feel all this cut and paste shit is necessary? for the most part your list is on point but eat shit for posting it repeatedly.

  • gfwqergrg

    dam...9 tracks that actually pertain to the album - fuk man, its bad enuff tipping point only had 10

  • HHFAN

    Back to the subject...can't wait for this album. The Roots are my all time favorite hip hop group. Back in the day when I heard they were coming to Atlanta, I called off work to go see them. My boss said if I don't come in, I'm fired. That was the best show ever. Seen 'em in Tokyo (I put it on Youtube [search: Roots Game Theory Live in Tokyo 2007]), Houston, & Amsterdam too!

  • kpanilaryea28

    yo handddddddddyyyyyyyyy or what the fuck ever why dont you go hand waynes dick and go jack it! da fuck outta here mane! dont ever dis the roots like that. they are the purest form of hip hop ever, you cant get no purer then the roots not to mention the best live performers i done seen. you must be another stupid fuck some bunk ass town!

  • handdddddyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    i don't know who listen to these wack ass niggaz i mean shit these niggaz are 90 years old and they have'nt had a hit in their life... i don't know about RnB but this album ain't no hiphop it shouldn't even be on DX..these faggot niggaz won't sell 30k in their life... what's wrong with people's taste i mean there're many real rappers out there with their real shit their g shit when u hear em u feel em they talk from their heart not dancing like bitchz in the background... these niggaz can't make 9 average songz in like a decade and u call em legends,fuck y'all...lil waye! make like 1000 real hiphop song every year not to count his rock songs and u call him not lyrical.. just listen to lil wayne! and compare his shit to this fake ass shit from roots,from diffrent categories like lyrics,beat,meaning,rhymes,g stuffs,punchlines,reality and so on..then come back and tell me how u found their shit wack...btw i bet they won't sell 30k without lil wayne! lil wayne! is da greatest of all da time fuck haters

    • Mr.Crackee

      this dude lost in the sauce, Roots got one of the best catalogs in hip hop.

    • JasonCTown

      Is he the greatest of all time....or the greatest of all da time? Please explain, -Confused

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      Troll fail.

    • billybucks

      I can't believe what I'm reading. Even if handy didn't top off this ignorant rant with a reference to Lil Wayne being the greatest, it's STILL the most blasphemous comment I've read on here in a while. Black Thought= Most underrated MC This poor kid probably doesn't understand a word that's coming out Black Thought's mouth. You can't even compare the these two. Black Thought is an MC. Lil Wayne is a rapper ( a dime a dozen). I don't even hate Wayne... But I think I hate handy.

    • open ears / open mind

      Here goes this fag again. Hope off lil Waynes dick man, you're sounded suspect as fuck. As far as calling the Roots wack, you're obviously a child with no clue on what hip hop is. Lost generation, fast paced nation World population confront they frustration The principles of true hip-hop have been forsaken It's all contractual and about money makin Pretend-to-be cats don't seem to know they limitation Exact replication and false representation You wanna be a man, then stand your own To MC requires skills, I demand some shown I let the frauds keep frontin And roam like a celluar phone far from home Givin crowds what they wantin Offical hip-hop consumption, the 5th thumpin Keepin ya party jumpin with an original somethin Yo, I dedicate this to the one dimension-al No imagination, excuse for perpetration My man came over and said, "Yo we thought we heard you" Joke's on you; you heard a bitin-ass crew but um..

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    • Jerzeee

      Wow! Youngin you must be crazy. Nothing against Lil Wayne, but da greatest of all time? You need to get your hip hop from something other than MTV.

    • monkey wun

      ACUTLAY I APOLOGIZE I THINK YOUR A KID, YOU HAVE ONE MULLIGAN

    • monkey wun

      MAN YOU ARE TO IGNORANT AND RETARDED TO DIG THE ROOTS, ROOTS ARE ONE REASON WHY I EVEN BOTHER WITH HIP HOP, AND STRAIGHT I KNOW A LOT MORE ABOUT HIP HOP THAN MOST PEOPLE HERE IN THIS VIRTUAL AREA. BUT ON A SIDE NOTE, CMON MAN, 30 K ... YOUR A MORON DUMBASS, ROOTS ARE GONNA SELL THAT FIRST DAY...IF YOU DONT LIKE ROOTS, MAYBE YOUR TASTE IS TWISTED A LITTLE OR YOUR JUST AN IDIOT.

    • HHFAN

      Ignore the troll.

    • kpanilaryea28

      u damn ignorant diaper head ass nigga!

    • HANDYYYY=IGNORANT

      handdddyyyyyyyyyy or whatever you call yourself.... you must be one of the stupidest people on earth. just the fact that you're breathing wastes everyone else's oxygen. if you're not feeling it leave it alone, but keep your ignorant thoughts to yourself. nobody wants to hear them. -it's art... there's room for it all, from gucci mane to j-live. shut the fuck up and enjoy.

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