August 29th – The Roots release their eighth album, “Game Theory”, on Def Jam Records, on this day in 2006.
“Game Theory”, which would earn a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album, would be the veteran Philly group’s first release for Def Jam after leaving Geffen Records.
“Game Theory” featured production by Owen Biddle, who after the release of the set, would replace longtime member Leonard Hubbard as the group’s bassist.
“Game Theory” produced two hit singles, “Don’t Feel Right” and “In The Music”.
“Game Theory” also produced explosive album tracks like “False Media”, the title track and “Here I Come”, which the group now uses as the theme song on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”, where The Roots are the resident house band.
The Roots also pay homage to the late J. Dilla on various tracks like “Can’t Stop This” and “Dillastic Vol. Won(derful)”.
“Game Theory”, though underrated at times, is considered by some as one of their finest works ever.