In keeping with its unconventional ways, the Roots have been hosting a series of jam sessions to inspire its forthcoming Geffen set, "Tipping Point."

In keeping with its unconventional ways, the Roots have been hosting a series of jam sessions to inspire its forthcoming Geffen set, "Tipping Point." The band -- drummer ?uestlove, MC Black Thought, keyboardist Kamal and bassist Leonard Hubbard -- has taken up residence at the Studio in its Philadelphia hometown for the sessions.

"We all came in with different ideas," Black Thought tells Billboard. "So, we decided to put a bunch of people together and see what happens. As a result, we've already gotten a lot of solid material at an alarming rate."

Jam-session attendees have already included Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Floetry, Jill Scott, Martin Luther, K-OS and Glenn Lewis, among others. "Normally, this is the process for us," ?uestlove explains. "We used to jam like this in my living room all the time. So, we decided to do a recreation of my living room in the studio. We also invited people from outside the group to get other energies."

While the album isn't due until early April 2004, the group hopes to wrap the jam sessions in November. "Tipping Point" will be the follow-up to 2002's "Phrenology," which debuted at No. 28 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 614,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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