February 26, 2013


The Roots' Black Thought Prepping Blues Album With Jim James, TV on the Radio

Taylor Hill
Taylor Hill

The long-awaited but yet-to-materialize Black Thought solo LP isn't on Detox-levels of anticipation yet, but the Roots frontman and Jimmy Fallon cohort has been dangling the idea of his own album for years. While titles like Dangerous Thoughts have come and gone, Nah Right points us to the below interview in which Thought confirms that the album, now tentatively called Talented Mr. Trotter, is still in the works and features a few special guests.

Among numerous revelations, including the pressures of having a corporate boss (just like us!) and his work on an autobiography (not like us!), we're most amped about the rapper's planned blues album with TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James. "It's just some stuff that I feel I need to get out that's aside from the new Roots record," said Thought.

James recently performed a stunning rendition of "A New Life" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and sat in with the Roots as part of the house band the next night.

The rapper took to Twitter to expand on the news:

will I spit on the solo blues LP? I'm not against it...I'm doing whatever feels organic and completes the composition
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The Roots, meanwhile, have been busy putting the finishing touches on a collaborative album with Elvis Costello, tentatively set for release for Record Store Day on April 20.