The Hype: Waiting for the new album from the Roots to come out has been torturous–especially for those who love them enough to endure the entire hour of the Jimmy Fallon's comedy just to watch them play every week, all the while knowing that they should be on tour with an album that was supposed to come out in February.
In fact, the first time they debut the title track of their new album, “How I Got Over (out today on Okay Player) was on the Jimmy Fallon Show as the show's house band almost a year ago today. If their fans didn't love them so damn much, they might be a little pissed about Philly's finest hip-hop outfit dangling this carrot in front of them for so long. Well, they finally dropped it. So eat up.
The Judgement: It's been 15 years and seven albums since the Root's 1995 debut album, Do You Want More?!!!??! And though it would be all to easy for the band to use critical praise as incentive to keep their their jazzy, boom-bap formula in high concentration, rapper/vocalist Black Thoughts words throughout the album indicate that change–even for the greatest hip-hop band in the world–is ultimately necessary.