The Roots Enlist John Legend, Others For "How I Got Over"

posted Monday May 24 ,2010 at 09:05PM CDT | 56 comments

The Roots Enlist John Legend, Others For

UPDATE #2: The June 22 album has a new tracklisting, featuring a new track by longtime affiliate Peedi Crakk.

Philadelphia Hip Hop outfit The Roots have recruited John Legend and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James for their upcoming album, How I Got Over.

According to Billboard, the album will also feature a track that samples Joanna Newsom's "Book of Right-On," a track featured on her 2004 release The Milk-Eyed Mender.

Jim James is set to appear on a remake of Monsters of Folk's "Dear God."

How I Got Over was recorded during The Roots' tenure as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as working on albums for John Legend and Booker T.

UPDATE: Today it was announced by Def Jam Records that the group will release How I Got Over on June 22. The label has recently delayed albums from Rick Ross and Jeezy after initial June announcements.

The label has however, provided a tracklisting to the album:

1) Walk Alone (Truck North, Porn, Dice Raw,Mercedes Martinez)

2) Dear God 2.0 (Jim James, MOF)

3) Radio Daze (Blu, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)

4) Now Or Never (Phonte Coleman, Dice Raw)

5 )How I Got Over (Dice Raw)

6) The Day (Blu, Phonte Coleman, Patty Crash)

7) Right On (Joanna Newsom, Sugar Tongue Slim)

8) Doin It Again (John Legend)

9) The Fire (John Legend, Rick Friedrich)

Fans may also note that Philadelphia veteran act has officially added Owen Biddle as a Roots member. Biddle, a bassist, played on 2006's Game Theory album. The present Roots line-up, per Def Jam's press release, includes emcee Black Thought, musical director/drummer ?uestlove, keyboardist Kamal Gray, guitarist Kirk "Captain Kirk" Douglas, percussionist Frank Knuckles, Damon "Tuba Gooding, Jr." Bryson and now Biddle.

UPDATE #2: A new tracklisting released today from official Roots spokespeople:

Interlude 1 feat. Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian & Haley Dekle of Dirty Projectors
Walk Alone feat. Truck North, P.O.R.N. & Dice Raw
Dear God 2.0 feat. Monsters Of Folk
Radio Daze feat. Blu, P.O.R.N. & Dice Raw
Now Or Never feat. Phonte & Dice Raw
How I Got Over feat. Dice Raw
Interlude 2
The Day feat. Blu, Phonte & Patty Crash
Right On feat. Joanna Newsom & STS
Doin' It Again
The Fire feat. John Legend
Interlude 3
Web 20/20 feat. Peedi Peedi & Truck North
BONUS* Hustla feat. STS

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