The Roots Plan Pre-Grammy Show, New Album

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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno

      The Roots had a pretty rough 2006. Although it started out nice with a new label and new album, but the album went on to sell just over 170,000 since it dropped last year. They’re still nominated for a couple of Grammys this year though (including Best Rap Album), and plan on celebrating it the night before the big show. On February 10, The Roots will hold their annual pre-Grammy show at the Gibson Theatre with special guests Lupe Fiasco, Jill Scott and Akon.

      ?uestlove recently gave some details on their new album which they hope to drop in October of this year or February of next year. In an interview with Billboard, ?uest said that they’ve got some songs done.

      "We are using a lot of synthesizer, but I don’t know if I could call this the electronic album or not," ?uest told Billboard. "Pretty much five or six songs are done, and four of them are synth-heavy."

      For now, the crew will be hitting the road, as they always do, in hopes of keeping their fans base happy and try not to worry about numbers.

      "We knew [“Game Theory”} was going to have as much to do with the marketplace as Barbra Streisand on the soul charts,” ?uest said. “But the way I look at it, this is definitely a return to form for us. Critics say we got our mojo back and our fan base agreed. That’s really all we were concerned about."