Published Apr 22, 2010Some more details have surfaced regarding How I Got Over, the upcoming album from Philly hip-hoppers the Roots. It looks like all that time as Jimmy Fallon's house band has paid off with some networking rewards, as the album will apparently feature some pretty sweet guest appearances.
Questlove, Roots' awesomely named drummer, tweeted last night that the band were "mixing the Joanna Newsome [sic] Jawn," in reference to pixie folk harpist Joanna Newsom, who will be making an appearance on the Roots album, reports Pitchfork.
Entertainment Weekly confirmed the collaboration, adding that How I Got Over will feature some new Newsom vocals, as well as samples from one of her old songs. Questlove then posted an in-studio video teaser clip today (April 22) with some audio of the Newsom tune.
Along with Newsom, How I Got Over will also feature appearances from R&B/hip-hop artist John Legend and My Morning Jacket/Monsters of Folk dude Jim James. It's not a huge stretch of the imagination to think James may be on the Roots' rumoured cover of Monsters of Folk's "Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)," which they have apparently recorded for the disc.
Last we heard, the Roots record was to come out via Def Jam Records on June 8. But considering how How I Got Over's release date has moved more than a few times already, who knows if that June date will stick.
The Roots' last album was 2008's Rising Down, which came in at No. 2 in our 2008 year-end Beats & Rhymes best-of list.