Wed 23 Jan 2013
The Roots have always kept things largely in-house when it comes to the music, but the legendary hip-hop collective have revealed one helluva trick from under their sleeve for their next album. In a new interview with Billboard, drummer ?uestlove revealed that the band’s next LP is a full-length collaboration with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello, and it should arrive later this year. He explained that after two failed attempts during the singer’s performances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, his band and Costello finally knuckled down to some recording on his third appearance.
It was really love at first sight. The second time he came on [Late Night with Jimmy Fallon], we surpassed the first one. So by the third time, he was like, ‘Let’s stop messing around and do something together.’
We had 13 or 14 songs, but then we said, ‘Ooh! Wait a minute! Let’s replace four of these songs with four better songs!’ And now we have the tightest 12-14 song collection out of about 20 songs that we made.
The as-yet-untitled collaborative project will be followed by The Roots’ 12th studio album, which is to be called & Then You Shoot Your Cousin. ?uesto hinted at the title back in July, when he tweeted “Undun is like a xmas lp. specific setting. Our next lp “&TYSYC” (guess) will be regular.” The album is slated for a release in late 2013 or early 2014.
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