As one of the last surviving and still relevant 90s hip hop groups, The Roots, are always looking for fresh innovative ways to present their artistry. The Philadelphia-bred collective discovered a nice groove in 2010 with the collaborative album, Wake Up!, alongside R&B crooner John Legend. Earlier this year they had similar success with another callbo album in conjunction with music great Betty Wright, Betty Wright: The Movie.
With The Movie recently nominated for a Grammy for, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Roots front man Black Thought tells BET.com that fans can look forward to hearing future collaborative projects.
"You can probably look forward to another collaboration," says the bearded MC shares during a recent visit to BET’s 106 & Park to promote the group’s thirteenth studio album Undun. "I'm not sure if it's going to be a legend, [laughs] not literally, but I mean somebody from the old school or a newer artist, but we’ve got the kind of range where it could work out either way."
After snagging three Grammys for their efforts on the album Wake Up!, the collaborative endeavors have certainly proven worth while. Though the bar has already been set high, Black Thought reveals that the esteemed accolade is not the primary goal in mind when they set out to record with fellow artists. However he is still humbled by the recognition.
"I'm honored just to be considered," Black Thought admits. "It's an honor and a blessing I'm always appreciative of every nomination, whether we win or not."
With collaborative hip hop albums having become trendy this past year, The Roots are likely to put their own signature imprint on future projects tht will likely set theirs apart from the pack.
The Roots’ current album Undun is currently in stores now. It debuted in the Top 20 on the Billboard charts and features a short film as a complementary piece.
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