Black Thought teased that 9th Wonder and Salaam Remi are in line to work on The Roots upcoming “End Game” album.
The Roots are lining up some top of the line talent for their next LP. In a recent XXL interview, Black Thought revealed that 9th Wonder and Salaam Remi are scheduled to produce tracks on The Roots’ upcoming End Game album. The two producers now join Stro Elliot and Karriem Riggins, whose involvement was announced by Questlove late last year.
Black Thought also mentioned that the group feels no pressure to rush the End Game album. The album, which serves as the follow-up to 2014’s …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, doesn’t have a release date yet but it’s one of the most anticipated projects in hip-hop right now. Since The Roots are no longer signed to Def Jam, there is much more freedom involved in the recording process.
“I think what people do nowadays is to catch people off guard and take the industry by storm,” he said. “I think our campaign will be unlike that new sort of wave. 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 marks the first Roots album since the death of their longtime manager Rich Nichols, following a long bout with luekemia . Black Thought explained how the LP will be a showcase of a new spin to their art now that Nichols cannot be involved in their creative process.
“We’re coming into our own in a different way,” he said. “This is going to be our first record since the untimely passing of our long-term mentor and manager and executive producer Richard Nichols so this record is going to be a testimonial to The Roots’ creative power.”