The Roots Officially Sign With Def Jam Left

The Roots signing

to Def Jam was made it official this past Friday (Sept. 30) when they inked their

names to a contract with Jay-Z's Def Jam Left imprint.

Def Jam Left is a new venture headed by Jigga, who described

it as "an artist-driven label with very low deals so people are not pressured

by first-week SoundScan [sales], so we can build artists."

The Roots have become a staple in the Hip-Hop community because

of their philosophy to use live instrumentation in their records and concerts.

In the last couple of months, the group has been putting the

finishing touches on their next release titled Game Theory, which will

feature guest spots from Saigon, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Blackstar.

It is also rumored that President Carter may make a special

guest appearance on the new album, but it hasn’t been officially confirmed.

Jay-Z made it public a few weeks ago that he had been quietly

courting the group for his new imprint.

The Philadelphia based super group has collaborated with Jay-Z

extensively onstage over the past few years.

In 2001, the group backed Hova for his MTV Unplugged

LP, as well as, the live Unplugged concert performance.

More recently,

?uestlove also served as musical director for the Def Jam president’s

"Farewell" concert in Madison Square Garden.

No tentative date has been set yet for The Roots release on Def Jam, but drummer

?uestlove mentioned on the band website that they are currently

recording material for the new album.