I remember hearing The Roots latest single, “How I Got Over” on Stereogum during the summer. I liked it quite a bit but somehow it got lost in the wave of R&B inspired indie that has infected my iPod this year. Yesterday, A friend posted the video for the song on Facebook and it reminded me why I was so into it.
The Roots have already secured their place in music history, so you have to give them props for continually trying to push things forward. The themes of “How I Got Over” aren’t exactly new. The hook itself starts off as something we’ve heard before: “Out on the streets where I grew up, first thing they teach you is not to give a fuck.” The next two lines are completely unexpected though: “That type of thinking can get you nowhere. Someone has to care.” That’s the kind of message I like to take with me into the day. It’s simple and gets right to the point. Enjoy.