Video: The Roots – How I Got Over (Live on Jimmy Fallon)

The group shot a video for the track earlier this month; the clip will be released in early July.

“How I Got Over” is a prime slice of the Roots’ socially conscious hip-hop, as Black Thought raps, “Livin’ with the police right behind ya / It’s always more than a slight reminder / we’re livin’ in a war zone like Rwanda.”

As for “How I Got Over” the album, the Def Jam project was originally due this summer but has since been bumped to Oct. 20. Among the tracks expected to make the cut are “Walk Alone,” the vintage R&B-leaning “Make a Move,” “The Day” featuring Icelandic vocalist Patty Crash and a cover of Frank Zappa’s instrumental classic “Peaches en Regalia.” “How I Got Over” is also expected to include a version of Cody Chesnutt’s “Serve This Royalty;” the singer-songwriter rose to fame in 2002 when the Roots re-recorded his song “The Seed” for their album “Phrenology.”

The Roots have national dates booked beginning Saturday in Tinley Park, Ill., as part of the Rock the Bells tour, in addition to their weekly jam session residency at New York’s Highline Ballroom and a residency in Atlantic City, New Jersey, starting in July.

- Billboard


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53 Responses to “Video: The Roots – How I Got Over (Live on Jimmy Fallon)”

  1. PW Says:

    Can I get some help!

    Tight track. Looking fwd to this album.

  2. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    naymsayin you kno THE LENGENDARY ROOTS CREW!

    i seen them perform this in R.I. haaaaaaaaawt shit!

    willie goldsmith aka nat burner aka larry davis aka RIQ GEEZ aka black thought.

    one of my top 5.

    and as quoted…….

    “…..but i’m from the next ion/ supreme being thas unseen for emcee’n!” (c) 5th malitia flamethrowa

  3. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    no buuuhlshit…..

    blackthought been singin on hooks and autotunin when aint nobody listened.

    drake who?

    do ya homework kiddies…..

    goodnight.

  4. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    oh yea….

    good shit dre.

  5. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    oh shit i just noticed james poyser and dice raw on deck.

    soulquarians beeyotch.

    *brings vid back for a livin*

    make no mistake, this is worthwhile stannin’

  6. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    say word black thought was doin the smurf near the end of the set?!

    this post goes.

    i’m off this.

  7. PW Says:

    This track is fire….here’s the ripped track for anyone interested.

    tinyurl.com/msb9am

  8. PW Says:

    And by the way, ?uesto is a hell of a drummer.

    and the president is black.

  9. The Shot Clock aka servin through my burglar bars Says:

    Shaq to the Cavs?!?!

  10. Kell-EL Says:

    Distant Relatives

  11. Dudeson Says:

    YO DRE EAT MY ASS YOU SPIC!!!

  12. Dudeson Says:

    THE SHOT CLOCK AKA SERVIN THRU MY BURRGLAR BARS= 15 YEAR OLD WHITE BOY FROM THE BURBS…I KNOW YOU FAG

  13. Jersey*made*me Says:

    Shaq to the Cavs?!?!

    ^^
    Makes perfect sense.All they need is a big capable body to take up space and provide some type of respectable low post presence.Great move by Cleveland.

  14. The Shot Clock aka servin through my burglar bars Says:

    Makes perfect sense.All they need is a big capable body to take up space and provide some type of respectable low post presence.Great move by Cleveland.

    ^^

    yeah and I’ve always thought Shaq was the type of player who only gave 100% when it counted. Maybe with Lebron on his squad, Shaq’ll step up and go hard (n) one last time

  15. V.I Says:

    SHAQ IS THE GREATEST SINCE JORDAN

  16. S.S.BlockBurner Says:

    ^
    ever heard of this nigga named Kobe?

    p.s. i’m the biggest Kobe hater. but shit, it is what it is

  17. lan Says:

    If you’ve ever seen the Roots live you know Black Though can sing well. But Dice Raw singing is going to take some getting use to.

    Juvenile lyricist, corner-store terrorist (c)

  18. Danielson a.k.a. My Blog Game Proper™ Says:

    *daps all*

    definiton of hip hop – anyone? go…

  19. The Shot Clock aka servin through my burglar bars Says:

    definiton of hip hop – anyone? go…

    ^^

    entertainment, first and foremost.

  20. V.I Says:

    ^^^

    followed by inspiration + aspirations

  21. London Bloke Says:

    definiton of hip hop – anyone? go…

    ^

    Charley Wingate

    * Daps all*

  22. kevBITE A WEAK NIGGA EAR OFF LIKE MIKE TYSON Says:

    mornin nahkis.

    this post still goes.

  23. Joey Profit$ Says:

    Morning Nahrighteers!!

    *daps all*

  24. Plug Says:

    the sad thing is even wit Shaq, Cleveland still wot be able to beat Orlando

  25. American Mob Says:

    “This ain’t for itunes/this ain’t no sing-a-long”

    And yet, somehow, hova figured out how to make money on it. By selling it as a single. On itunes. In the top five singles.

    Please no hypocritical comments.

  26. London Bloke Says:

    Does anyone have any recommedations for things to read on the web [SFW] for when Nah is dead like this. cos its got so bad im about to go to bossip!

  27. Joey Profit$ Says:

    Does anyone have any recommedations for things to read on the web [SFW] for when Nah is dead like this. cos its got so bad im about to go to bossip!

    ^^^^

    I usually just do some work when it’s dead – lol. Since I am at work anyway it seems like the right thing to do.

  28. Beezy Says:

    definiton of hip hop – anyone? go…

    ^

    Charley Wingate

    >>co-sign

  29. Joe 88 Says:

    Beezy Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 9:20 am
    definiton of hip hop – anyone? go…

    ^

    Charley Wingate

    >>co-sign

    ^Double co-sign

  30. SNORT_SNORTCRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    PussySucka

  31. London Bloke Says:

    I usually just do some work when it’s dead – lol. Since I am at work anyway it seems like the right thing to do.

    ^

    doing work @ work is FTL @ my job!

  32. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    Does anyone have any recommedations for things to read on the web [SFW] for when Nah is dead like this. cos its got so bad im about to go to bossip!

    ^^^^

    I usually just do some work when it’s dead – lol. Since I am at work anyway it seems like the right thing to do.

    ^^

    nah’s been dead all week. . . and i really have no work.

    so i tweet.

  33. Joe 88 Says:

    So shaq really went to the Cavs?

    Cavs v.s Lakers

    You heard it hear first, and i’m not a beting man, but i’ll bet everything I got on the cavs if they face each other in the finals

    Shaq/lebron vs Kobe/gasol

  34. Beezy Says:

    that Shaq trade seems like a dumbass move to me…Shaq’s body is dilapidated [||]

  35. Bomber Says:

    Does anyone have any recommedations for things to read on the web [SFW] for when Nah is dead like this. cos its got so bad im about to go to bossip!

    ^^^^^^^

    uvtblog.com

    iloveblackpeoplebut.wordpress.com

    dailymathematics.blogspot.com

  36. Joe 88 Says:

    Getting shaq at 50 is a good move, no one can guard him, and he had one of his best seasons last year, the man had a 42 pt game last season, he still got it, but he plays when he wants to, word to wade calling him out about his weight after they won the title

  37. Plug Says:

    I usually just do some work when it’s dead – lol. Since I am at work anyway it seems like the right thing to do.
    ——–
    lmao. he has a good point

  38. SNORT_SNORTCRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    Joe 88 Says:

    June 25th, 2009 at 9:28 am
    Getting shaq at 50 is a good move, no one can guard him, and he had one of his best seasons last year, the man had a 42 pt game last season, he still got it, but he plays when he wants to, word to wade calling him out about his weight after they won the title

    ^^^
    yea, its gonna be something to see, if lebron goes to NY or not.

  39. ( o )( o ) Says:

    Greetings Naghers

  40. Joe 88 Says:

    *daps titties*

  41. ( o )( o ) Says:

    *daps Joe and the rest*

  42. The Shot Clock aka servin through my burglar bars Says:

    but he plays when he wants to

    ^^

    this.

    i think he’ll bring it tho and win the title. i predict Shaq gets one more ring and bounces as the greatest big man of our generation

  43. Joey Profit$ Says:

    nah’s been dead all week. . . and i really have no work.

    so i tweet.

    ^^^^^

    Why when I read so I tweet i automatically heard TLC singing “so I tweet yeaah” – SMH

  44. FaMs! Says:

    kevfrescura de talco Says:

    June 25th, 2009 at 2:42 am
    no buuuhlshit…..

    blackthought been singin on hooks and autotunin when aint nobody listened.

    drake who?

    do ya homework kiddies…..

    goodnight.
    _____________________________________

    ^^^Buzz so big I could probably sell a blank disc (c) Drizzy Rogers

  45. Joey Profit$ Says:

    *Daps (0)(0)*

  46. Joe 88 Says:

    i think he’ll bring it tho and win the title. i predict Shaq gets one more ring and bounces as the greatest big man of our generation

    ^Annnnnnnnnnd drop another ether like freestyle when it’s all said and done

    youtube.com/watch?v=dc6YHt80KGI

  47. Plug Says:

    i think he’ll bring it tho and win the title. i predict Shaq gets one more ring and bounces as the greatest big man of our generation
    ——–
    4 teams that Cleveland cant and wont beat

    LA
    Boston- when garnett comes back
    Orlando
    Detroit *shifts eyes*

  48. - keka - Says:

    yawn…..
    i dont know what to say… i be having high expectations from the roots.. but, im just not feeling it.

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    Two thumbies up! Roots = The Truth!

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