The Roots Debut New Song With Erykah Badu & Tierra Whack From 'End Game' Album
"I've been waiting for this for 31 years," Questlove said.
The Roots have debuted a new song featuring Erykah Badu and Tierra Whack from their upcoming album End Game.
Titled “Misunderstood,” the track was premiered by Funk Flex on Hot 97 on Thursday night (October 27), one week after the veteran DJ challenged the Philadelphia group to end their musical drought.
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“I challenged The Roots last week, and they delivered big time,” Flex declared on-air while building excitement for the song, which was produced by Jorun Bombay and Questlove. “The knock on this is crazy … This is so mean.”
Questlove posted a video of Flex premiering “Misunderstood” on Instagram while saying: “I’ve been waiting for this for 31 years. Since ’92, I’ve been waiting for this … I mean, yeah, they played ‘You Got Me,’ but we’ve never been on Hot 97 like this.”
He added: “I ain’t trying to be dramatic, man, but this has been a year of bucket lists, but no doubt, I made a song that Hot 97 and Funkmaster Flex dropped some bombs on. This is my Christmas gift.”
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In his Instagram caption, the Oscar-winning drummer/director gave fans renewed hope for The Roots’ long-awaited End Game LP, writing: “I promise we will rap up #ENDgame (our 17th lp) PRONTO!”
“Misunderstood” has yet to be officially released on streaming service, but Flex’s premiere can be heard below:
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End Game has been in the works for at least half a decade, with Questlove telling HipHopDX in 2017 that The Roots had recorded a staggering 263 songs for the album — but only 14 will make the cut.
“The difference between this record and [the ones] that came bef