9th Wonder & Salaam Remi Are Co-Producing The Roots’ Next Album
The Roots have not released an album in three years. ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin was the group’s 11th album. Now confirmed to be called End Game, the twelfth effort is arriving in the near future.
While the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania collective has worked extensively with Phonte on 2010’s How I Got Over and 2011’s undun, they are now fast at work with another Little Brother co-founder. XXL confirmed that 9th Wonder is in the mix, after speaking to Black Thought. Additionally, Salaam Remi, the renowned producer known for work with Amy Winehouse, Nas, and The Fugees is also on board.
“Last October we had a writers’ retreat at Electric Lady Studios in New York City for about a week or so and within that time we got about a good deal of the groundwork of what’s to come for the record, End Game,” Black Thought told the publication. “I’ve been working, writing and recording on it since then.”
Last year, Black Thought released a solo track, “Making A Murderer.” Produced by 9th Wonder, that Jamla Records cut, also featured The LOX’s Styles P.
Thought added that the veteran collective is under no pressure to rush the album. Since 2006, The Roots were signed to Def Jam Records, following a lengthy tenure at Geffen/MCA. Historically, The Roots have involved outside producers in projects, ranging from the late J Dilla to Sean C. & LV to Karriem Riggins.
Earlier this month, Questlove, Black Thought, Stro Elliot, and company shared the stage with Pharrell Williams at the 10th annual Roots Picnic. Earlier in the day-long event at Philly’s Penns Landing Festival Pier, Thought and DJ J. Period performed a Live Mixtape set featuring Fat Joe, Mobb Deep, and former Roots member Scott Storch. During the headlining set, SWV, N.O.R.E., and Tyler, The Creator made appearances.