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Black Thought Speaks on New Roots Album, “How I Got Over”

Last night (May 20), was given the chance to have an early listen to The Roots’ upcoming album, How I Got Over, at New York City’s Legacy Studios.

As previously reported, that West Coast lyricist and 2009 XXL Freshman Blu was recording with the Philly collective for the disc. He is ultimately featured on two songs. “I hadn’t worked with Blu before,” Black Thought told “There were a lot of people [on this album] I hadn’t worked with [before]. We’ve been working with John Legend on his album.”

Legend is featured on two tracks, as well. Other guest slots on the eleven-track disc include Phonte of Little Brother, Peedi Crakk, and Sugar Tongue Slim. “We got a lot of features on the record because it’s more of a celebration. It’s like a celebration of The Roots,” Thought continued. “Really, it’s a family affair.”

As for the relatively low number of tracks—the underrated MC did like his crew, and kept it real. “We do it how we feel,” he said. “It felt like it was a complete record; a full composition.”

How I Got Over is set to drop on June 22 on Def Jam Recordings. —Adam Fleischer

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