The Roots have 263 recorded songs to pick from for their next studio album

Ahmir Khalib Thompson aka Questlove, the well known DJ and drummer of The Roots, is a pretty busy guy these days. In addition to producing The Roots Picnic, hosting a weekly DJ residency in Brooklyn, publishing cook books and taking his place behind the kit as part of Jimmy Fallon’s house band on The Tonight Show, he’s also working on a new album with old bandmates.

In a recent interview with Hip Hop DX, Questlove admitted that the recording process to follow up to The Roots' 2014 album, ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, hasn’t been the easiest following the death of their longtime manager, Richard Nichols.

“Usually, in that situation, [Nichols has] always been the centerpiece, the referee, between all the guys,” Quest can be heard saying about their manager in the Instagram clip below. “So, this will be the first time we had to grow up and resolve our own arguments.”

The drummer/producer also admitted that the band currently has a grand total of 263 songs written and recorded to choose when it comes to picking which ones will appear on the next album, which is set to be titled The End Game.

“Right now, we’re at 263. But ideas keep coming. I made the promise that by November 1, we are stopping. And we’re just going to pick a good 14. And I’m certain by then, it’ll be 400 songs.”

The Roots have yet to officially reveal a release date for The End Game, but fans should expect the new LP to arrive sometime before the end of 2017. The band is currently scheduled to perform as part of the Labor Day weekend celebrations in Snowmass, CO on Sept. 3, alongside Maroon 5 and The Revivalists. Tickets for the two performances are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.