*The Roots’ long-delayed album “How I Got Over” finally has a release date.
According to a Twitter post from drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the Def Jam album will come out on June 8 – months after its original due dates of June 2009, then Fall 2009, then early 2010.
The set was continually pushed back because the Roots kept recording new material in the midst of their stint as the house band on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” according to Billboard. The track list for the album has yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, the Roots yesterday began recording a new album with Booker T. Jones of Booker T and the MGs. The project will be the follow-up to Jones’ Grammy-winning 2009 Anti- album “Potato Hole” and is expected to feature a handful of special guest vocalists.
As previously reported, tickets are on sale today for the third Roots Picnic, to be held June 5 at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier. The Roots will perform alongside Vampire Weekend, Clipse and a special, as-yet-unannounced reunion from a legendary hip-hop group – likely Run D.M.C.