Roots' Trotter Settles Gun Charge, Works On New Album

November 3 [14:00 EDT] -- Tareek Trotter, better known to Roots fans as Black Thought, was back in court early last week to wrap up gun charges brought against him while on the Smokin' Grooves tour this summer.

The rapper, who, as we reported last summer, was charged on July 5 before the tour's stop at New York's Jones Beach, saw the charges dropped from a felony to a misdemeanor, and paid a $500 fine, putting the matter behind him.

With that out of the way, he is free to devote his time to writing lyrics for the next Roots album, titled "Things Fall Apart." The group has already begun work on the album, and expects to deliver it to stores next April or May.