Here is the official The Roots How I Got Over video and lyrics in support of the lead single and title track of the legendary Philadelphia band’s forthcoming ninth studio album which will be released in October 2009. The music video was directed by BBGUN and shot on location in Brooklyn.
The six-member band’s line-up includes frontman Black Thought, ?uestlove, Kamal Gray, F. Knuckles, Captain Kirk Douglas, Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson and Owen Biddle. Since March 2009 they have been the house band for NBC Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which is where they premiered the new single, during the summer. In a recent interview, ?uestlove discussed the kind of music the band makes.
“Despite the fact that in the beginning we were marketed as alternative — you know, no samples, no DJ, just a funky band — I think at the end of the day we were six cats that loved hip-hop so much that we just knew how to duplicate the break beats that hip-hop was sampling,” he said.
Often, DJs are influenced by their parents’ record collections, he said. They’ll take the albums and use them to make new beats and rhythms. “We just took it a step further,” ?uestlove said. “We took our parents’ record collection and we just emulated it. We were musicians.”
The full interview, in which he shares how being the house band on Fallon has benefited The Roots and much more, is here: The Roots ‘Redefine Art Of House Band’
Here are The Roots How I Got Over lyrics. The music video is below.
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