The Roots are currently working on their 17th studio album, End Game, all while holding down the house band duties on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as well. While the band is more than capable of creating their own heat with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and the rest of the gang on deck, they’ve reached out to 9th Wonder and Salaam Remi to add to their sound.
For End Game, 9th Wonder and Salaam Remi will be working on the LP alongside producer Stro Elliot and Karriem Riggins. Black Thought, Questlove and the rest of the group have been working on their forthcoming project since last fall when they held a writers’ retreat.
“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 tells XXL over the phone. “I’ve been working, writing and recording on it since then.”
The album, which serves as the follow-up to 2014’s …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, doesn’t have a release date yet but it’s one of the most anticipated projects in hip-hop right now. While The Roots don’t have a scheduled date for the End Game, they’re in no rush to drop it. The album will come out when it’s fully complete.
Last October, Questlove teased some of the new sounds with video of Stro Elliot going to work with the beats and we must say, it sounded incredible. We added the clip of that teaser for your viewing pleasure below.
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In 1996 w our 3rd album #IlladelphHalflife we decided to be our own sampling source and jam in the day and sample ourselves at night. 20 years later we are working on our 17th album entitled #Endgame….& we startin all over again. Here the gawd @StroElliot is breaking out his get busy tools and making ish sound tight!