The Roots have kept relatively quiet since 2011’s Undun (besides their nightly gigs on Late-Night, obviously), but the next album is supposedly on the way. Hardknock TV recently caught up with Black Thought and his bandmates Kirk Douglas and Mark Kelley for a chat about the next LP and a few of the band’s influences. After discussing the songs that made them enter hip-hop (Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” did it for Black Thought), the frontman shared some insight into the new record, saying:

“We’re not that deep into it as far as having things recorded. There are about, I don’t know, less than ten musical compositions that I’ve kind of already chosen to write to and we’re writing to the music that’s gonna be on the Roots album, it’s not just me writing verses … it’s a whole slew of MCs and vocalists who get the music as we selected… a virtual competition to see who comes up with the best concept and whatever fits the whole composition best.”

After that, Hardknock started asking Black Thought for his thoughts on MTV’s recent “Hottest MCs in the Game” list. He admitted that he’s “not really too hung up on the rappers of the moment” and went on to name his five all-time favorites: Kool G Rap, Rakim, Chuck D, KRS-One and Big Daddy Kane. Watch the whole interview up above.

[via OkayPlayer]