The Roots have recorded 263 songs for new record because they are The Roots and they can - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
The Roots and Pharrell at The Roots Picnic | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Two hundred and sixty three songs. The Roots have written and recorded 263 songs for their next album. Now, after we all take a moment to stare blankly in confused awe for a few seconds, I think this is the part where we plebeians who are not The Roots go and bow in grace and honor to the musical wizards that they are.

Earlier this week, Questlove talked with HipHopDX about the band’s upcoming album, tentatively titled End Game, in which he shared news of the current and plentiful bounty of tunes. In the interview, he offers reasoning for the abundance of songs linking to the absence of their longtime manager, Richard Nichols, who passed away in 2014.

Questlove states:

“…Usually when we get to 100 songs, he’s like, ‘Guys. You have 100 songs. There’s 14 really good songs in these 100. Let’s stop and concentrate on the 14.’ Right now, we’re at 263. But ideas keep coming. I made the promise that by November 1, we are stopping. And we’re just going to pick a good 14. And I’m certain by then, it’ll be 400 songs.”

No confirmation yet on what the actual tracklist number will be, but with there being so many to choose from, let’s hope for at least more than the typical twelve or so. In the meantime, maintain your reverence, and watch The Roots’ live performance of new track “Ain’t It Fair” below.

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