Roots Laying Foundation For New Record

Philadelphia-based rappers the Roots have already begun sowing the seeds for their third album and have started to lay down tracks for the album, entitled “Things Fall Apart,” which should arrive in stores in October.

The Roots’ Rahzel, known for anchoring the band’s boom and whistle sound with his beat-boxing skills, is also prepping his own album for release next year, and has already line-up guest spots by Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest, Me’Shell Ndegeocello and jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis.

Rahzel had originally planned to release a solo album in May (see “The Roots’ Rahzel Goes Solo…” ), but chose to push the album back in order to focus on the Roots’ new record. The Roots are currently on tour with the Goodie M.O.B. and will join up with Erykah Badu later in the summer.