Roots Rocking Chappelle's 'Block,' Grammy Jam
Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson served as the musical director for the impromptu 2004 "Block Party" concert organized by comedian Dave Chappelle in Brooklyn, N.Y., so it's only fitting that hRoots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson served as the musical director for the impromptu 2004 "Block Party" concert organized by comedian Dave Chappelle in Brooklyn, N.Y., so it's only fitting that he's presently mixing audio highlights for a soundtrack album.
The Michel Gondry-directed "Dave Chapelle's Block Party" opens March 3 in U.S. theaters; the album is due March 14 via Geffen.
Although the track list is not yet finalized, a spokesperson promises the soundtrack will feature music from Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and the Roots themselves. Kanye West and the then-freshly reunited Fugees also performed at the show, but it is unknown if their selections will appear on the album.
"To me, it's one of the best things that I've worked on," Thompson tells Billboard.com excitedly, adding that he was in the process of finishing the mix on Mos Def's track.
The Roots will re-team with Chappelle and actor Don Cheadle tomorrow (Feb. 7) for their third annual Grammy Jam Session at Los Angeles' Key Club. Expected guests at the invite-only event include Jay-Z, Common, Badu, John Legend, Mos Def and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, among others.
As for the Roots' highly anticipated album "Game Theory," which will be their debut for the new Def Jam Left imprint, Thompson was tightlipped except to say "it will come out in September." The artist previously told Billboard.com the set would feature a track with Mos Def and Kweli called "Where I Come" and one song with just Mos Def, "Workin' on It."
As previously reported, next week will see the release of the Thompson-reared compilation "Babies Makin' Babies: Misery Strikes Back ... No More Babies" via BBE Records.