(AllHipHop News) It's been three years since The Roots released the ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin album. The Hip Hop band is set to drop its next body of work titled End Game.
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, The Roots drummer, talked about their 12th studio LP with HipHopDX. He revealed the passing of Richard Nichols greatly affected the creative process of the group.
"The difference between this record and [the ones] that came before it was our longtime collaborator, who’s our manager and producer, is no longer with us," said Quest. "Usually, in that situation, [Nichols has] always been the centerpiece, the referee, between all the guys. So, this will be the first time we had to grow up and resolve our own arguments. But the one thing he was talented at was telling us to stop.”
The Roots apparently recorded more than 200 songs during the End Game studio sessions. They eventually have to dwindle that number down for the album.
"Usually when we get to 100 songs, he’s like, ‘Guys. You have 100 songs. There’s 14 really good songs in these 100. Let’s stop and concentrate on the 14,’" added Questlove. "Right now, we’re at 263. But ideas keep coming. I made the promise that by November 1, we are stopping. And we’re just going to pick a good 14. And I’m certain by then, it’ll be 400 songs.”
Bilal joined the Roots for "It Ain't Fair" off the recently released Detroit movie soundtrack. The Motown Records project also includes tunes by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, The Dramatics, Algee Smith, and more.