Published Jun 06, 2011When not drawing from an endless well of carefully selected pop songs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, forward-thinking hip-hop greats the Roots still manage to get a lot of work done. Less than a year since releasing their excellent How I Got Over, the hard-working group are already talking about their next project.
"This is going to be our first full-fledged narrative concept album," Questlove said in a recent interview with Billboard. "It's going to be a challenge to figure out how to get from point A to B -- or in this case, point B to point A and have it seem natural."
Vocalist Black Thought expanded on that idea a little, saying that the album will follow the "same idea" as How I Got Over, but "kind of flipped. Instead of from dark to light, it's an album that goes from light to dark."
As for the record's sound, Questlove said, "It's going to be heavy on sort of orchestral chamber music, with harder beats in it."
He added that the album has "a one-word title that's spelled incorrectly," but refused to reveal the details. Either way, the Roots' hope to have the album out by November 2011 at the earliest and January or February 2012 at the latest.