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How I Got Over

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The not-very-hip-hop Dirty Projectors, Monsters of Folk, Patty Crash, and Joanna Newsom contribute one way or another to How I Got Over. Rest assured, the ninth studio album from the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band is very much its own, and skeptics should be reminded that hip-hop history is filled with figures as unlikely as Billy Squier (who probably did not bump into Run-D.M.C. backstage at The Alan Thicke Show). Very much in line with recent albums like Game Theory and Rising Down, neither of which was tailored for a good time, How I Got Over is the most subdued of the three. The blood doesn’t really get pumping until the fifth track. Up to that point, however, the band creates some of its most downcast and alluring material, covering solitude, self-destruction, and just about every planetary ill. It’s all vividly conveyed through pensive arrangements, sobering rhymes, spooky choruses, and even spookier backing vocals. Truck North, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw, and Blu make gripping contributions, but no one cuts to the chase quite like Black Thought, who can condense modern reality into one deftly delivered and commanding line, like “Got immunized for both flus, I’m still sick.” From there, the spirit lifts a little, though the songs are still deeply planted in realism. The title track is modern soul-blues that cooks, assisted by some serious singing from Black Thought and an inspiring chorus from Dice Raw. On “Now or Never,” Phonte’s dejection (“My role was cast before I even auditioned for it”) is tempered with Dice Raw's glints of determination. For good measure, or perhaps for the sake of a little balance, the back half also features a hardcore boast session between Thought, Peedi Peedi, and Truck North that cannot be disregarded. This is yet another Roots album that lends itself to repeated, beginning-to-end listening. It is gracefully and cleverly sequenced, from the way the tracks melt into each other to the way “Doin’ It Again” utilizes John Legend's anguished “Again” prior to transitioning into the subtly anthemic “The Fire,” which features a fresh collaboration with…John Legend.
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1
A Peace Of Light (Album Version (Explicit))
00:01:50

Nick Banns, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Ahmir Thompson, ComposerLyricist - Ray Angry, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Roots, MainArtist - Steve Mandel, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Amber Coffman, FeaturedArtist - Haley Dekle, FeaturedArtist - Angel Deradoorian, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

2
Walk Alone (Album Version (Explicit))
00:03:55

Richard Nichols, Producer - Tarik Trotter, ComposerLyricist - Karl Jenkins, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Smeltz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Rick Friedrick, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Roots, MainArtist - Dice Raw, FeaturedArtist - Jamal Miller, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mandel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mercedes Martinez, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Truck North, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Spearman, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Grenhart, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Richard Friedrich, ComposerLyricist - P.O.R.N., FeaturedArtist

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
Dear God 2.0 (Album Version (Explicit))
00:03:51

R. NICHOLS, ComposerLyricist - T. Trotter, ComposerLyricist - J. James, ComposerLyricist - Pedro Martínez, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - P. Martinez, ComposerLyricist - Kamal Gray, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim James, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Nichols, Producer - Tarik Trotter, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - A. Thompson, ComposerLyricist - Jon Smeltz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Ahmir Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Roots, MainArtist - Steve Mandel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mercedes Martinez, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Monsters Of Folk, FeaturedArtist - Christopher Soper, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

4
Radio Daze (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:04:16

John Barnes, ComposerLyricist - Tarik Trotter, ComposerLyricist - Karl Jenkins, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Blu, FeaturedArtist - Jon Smeltz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Rick Friedrick, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Roots, MainArtist - Dice Raw, FeaturedArtist - Steve Mandel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mercedes Martinez, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Gregory Spearman, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Grenhart, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Richard Friedrich, ComposerLyricist - P.O.R.N., FeaturedArtist

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

5
Now Or Never (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:04:34

Tarik Trotter, ComposerLyricist - Karl Jenkins, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Smeltz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - P. Coleman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Friedrick, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Roots, MainArtist - Dice Raw, FeaturedArtist - Steve Mandel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phonte, FeaturedArtist - Jeremy Grenhart, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
How I Got Over (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:03:33

Tarik Trotter, ComposerLyricist - Karl Jenkins, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Smeltz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Friedrick, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Montez Roberts, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Roots, Producer, MainArtist - Steve Mandel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Grenhart, ComposerLyricist - Richard Friedrich, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Greenhart, Producer

℗ 2009 The Island Def Jam Music Group

7
DillaTUDE: The Flight Of Titus (Album Version (Explicit))
00:00:42

Nick Banns, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Ahmir Thompson, ComposerLyricist - Ray Angry, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Roots, MainArtist - Steve Mandel, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

8
The Day (Album Version (Explicit))
00:03:44

John Barnes, ComposerLyricist - Owen Biddle, ComposerLyricist - Richard Nichols, Producer - Tarik Trotter, ComposerLyricist - Karl Jenkins, ComposerLyricist - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kirk Douglas, ComposerLyricist - James Poyser, ComposerLyricist - Blu, FeaturedArtist - Jon Smeltz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir Thompson, ComposerLyricist - P. Coleman, ComposerLyricist - The Roots, Producer, MainArtist - James Gray, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mandel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frank Walker, ComposerLyricist - Patty Crash, FeaturedArtist - Phonte, FeaturedArtist - Christopher Soper, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Katrin Newman, ComposerLyricist - Damon Bryson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

9
Right On (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:03:36

Tarik Trotter, ComposerLyricist - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - STS, FeaturedArtist - Jon Smeltz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Ahmir Thompson, ComposerLyricist - The Roots, MainArtist - Steve Mandel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joanna Newsom, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Soper, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alectrick.Kom, Producer - Delon Lawrence, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Don Price, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

10
Doin' It Again (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:02:23

Tarik Trotter, ComposerLyricist - John Stephens, ComposerLyricist - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Ahmir Thompson, ComposerLyricist - Montez Roberts, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Roots, MainArtist - Steve Mandel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

11
The Fire (Album Version (Explicit))
00:03:41

Richard Nichols, Producer - Tarik Trotter, ComposerLyricist - Karl Jenkins, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Legend, FeaturedArtist - Nick Banns, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Smeltz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Ahmir Thompson, ComposerLyricist - Rick Friedrich, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Roots, MainArtist - Richard Friedrich, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

12
Tunnel Vision (Album Version (Explicit))
00:00:41

Nick Banns, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Ahmir Thompson, ComposerLyricist - Ray Angry, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Roots, MainArtist - Steve Mandel, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

13
Web 20/20 (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:02:46

Tarik Trotter, ComposerLyricist - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Ahmir Thompson, ComposerLyricist - The Roots, MainArtist - Peedi Peedi, FeaturedArtist - Jamal Miller, ComposerLyricist - Pedro Zayas, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mandel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Truck North, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

14
Hustla (Bonus Track (Explicit)) Explicit
00:02:55

Tarik Trotter, ComposerLyricist - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Pentz, Producer, ComposerLyricist - STS, FeaturedArtist - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Producer - Ahmir Thompson, ComposerLyricist - The Roots, MainArtist - Steve Mandel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Don Price, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album Description

The not-very-hip-hop Dirty Projectors, Monsters of Folk, Patty Crash, and Joanna Newsom contribute one way or another to How I Got Over. Rest assured, the ninth studio album from the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band is very much its own, and skeptics should be reminded that hip-hop history is filled with figures as unlikely as Billy Squier (who probably did not bump into Run-D.M.C. backstage at The Alan Thicke Show). Very much in line with recent albums like Game Theory and Rising Down, neither of which was tailored for a good time, How I Got Over is the most subdued of the three. The blood doesn’t really get pumping until the fifth track. Up to that point, however, the band creates some of its most downcast and alluring material, covering solitude, self-destruction, and just about every planetary ill. It’s all vividly conveyed through pensive arrangements, sobering rhymes, spooky choruses, and even spookier backing vocals. Truck North, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw, and Blu make gripping contributions, but no one cuts to the chase quite like Black Thought, who can condense modern reality into one deftly delivered and commanding line, like “Got immunized for both flus, I’m still sick.” From there, the spirit lifts a little, though the songs are still deeply planted in realism. The title track is modern soul-blues that cooks, assisted by some serious singing from Black Thought and an inspiring chorus from Dice Raw. On “Now or Never,” Phonte’s dejection (“My role was cast before I even auditioned for it”) is tempered with Dice Raw's glints of determination. For good measure, or perhaps for the sake of a little balance, the back half also features a hardcore boast session between Thought, Peedi Peedi, and Truck North that cannot be disregarded. This is yet another Roots album that lends itself to repeated, beginning-to-end listening. It is gracefully and cleverly sequenced, from the way the tracks melt into each other to the way “Doin’ It Again” utilizes John Legend's anguished “Again” prior to transitioning into the subtly anthemic “The Fire,” which features a fresh collaboration with…John Legend.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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