Way back in October, The Roots revealed plans to release their 17th album, End Game. While details about the album have been sparse since then, there have been recent updates to get us excited all over again.
Primarily, it was recently announce drum engineer Stro Elliott was officially added to The Roots’ roster, bringing them to 11 members overall.
Now, in an interview with XXL, Black Thought revealed The Roots have worked with 9th Wonder and Salaam Remi on the album.
“Last October we had a writers’ retreat at Electric Lady Studios in New York City for about a week or so,” Thought said, “and within that time we got about a good deal of the groundwork of what’s to come for the record, End Game. I’ve been working, writing and recording on it since then.
Last year, 9th Wonder provided the beat for Black Thought’s “Making A Murder” with Styles P, which turned out to be one of the year’s best rap songs.
“I think what people do nowadays is to catch people off guard and take the industry by storm. I think our campaign will be unlike that new sort of wave,” he said. “We will announce it when it’s done and it will going to come out when it comes out. We’re not under any constraints of this is the date where the album must be completed and submitted. That’s not us anymore. We’re free agents now, we’re our own brand, our own label. When the joints are done, we’re just going to put it out.”
End Game doesn’t have a release date, but it doesn’t seem like we won’t have to wait long for the album once it’s complete.