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Home Grown Vol.2 is the beginner's guide to understanding The Roots. Volumes One And Two each contain exclusive hard and rare released tracks. Volume 2 features Dice Raw, Giles Peterson, Musiq and more. MCA. 2005.
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I am a late 30'ish woman, and I love this music as much as students of mine that are 19 and 20. If you don't like stellar instumentation, then the Roots are not necessarily the band for you. As for me, I'll be the lady with the greying Afro dancing with abandon at the next Roots concert, hoping to hear some of these versions.
Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding The Roots, Vol. 2 is a pretty good album. In my opinion, Vol. 1 is better, but this album is still good. Vol. 2 includes some of The Roots' best material like "Adrenaline", "The Lesson Pt. 3", and "Thought @ Work". The liner notes are provided by ?uestlove and they're just as interesting and amusing as the liner notes on Vol. 1.
There are a few songs on this album that fall under "skip material". While they aren't bad, they aren't necessarily going to grab your attention. "Pass The Popcorn (Revisited)", "Break You Off (Dub/Sound Check)", "Don't Say Nuthin (Remix)" and "Sacrifice" all fall under this category. I can think of quite a few songs that would've better served this album. Other than that, the rest of the album is pretty good.
Home Grown! Vol. 2 should be a welcome addition to the library of any fan of good rap music. It's not quite on the level of Home Grown Vol.1 due to the boring/drawn out tracks, but it's still worth picking up. The Roots don't make bad music and this album is no exception. I recommend checking it out. It should make a great addition to your music library.
Standout Tracks: Adrenaline, Essaywhuman (Organix Version), Din Da Da, No Alibi, The Lesson Pt. 3, Thought @ Work, and Quicksand Millennium
From Jill Scott to Roy Ayers this is a classic!
The first time I saw the Roots live (they played in late 90's with Goodie Mob and The Fugees) I was sold! The Roots are known for their live shows and originality across the world!
Volume two, a 14 track CD picks up where Volume one leaves off. Cognate to Volume one, it too includes unreleased tracks, remixes and live performances. With songs like the Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane inspired "BOOM!" to remixed versions of "Break You Off" and "Don't Say Nuthin," the album does well at grabbing you by the ears. Liner notes narrating the groups in studio struggles, song inspirations and meanings, also makes as a nice special feature for the record. Summing up your whole musical career isn't an easy task but ?uestlove takes the challenge head on with HOME GROWN! and succeeds.
As early as 1987, live instruments have been the forte of the group going 18 years strong. As a band, they reflect their grooving capabilities on the snare driven segue of "The Seed/ Melting Pot/ Web," where revisits "The Seed" with a more soulful vibe. Rather than the rock version as it appeared on the Phrenology album in 2003, the Seed fits into the array of instrumental arrangements on the full-flavored, musical "Melting Pot," giving the listener a short vacation from the fabricated synthesizers and drums of the cliché rap album. Then at his own cue, Black Thought comes in pushing forward his bravado with "And it weights a ton/ `Riq Gee's Motherf**kers I'm a son of a gun/ Black master of any trade under the son/ Talk sharp like a razorblade under the tongue," putting "Web" into the blend. It gives the album a distinct feeling of being at a live Roots performance.
Adding to the "live" feel of the album is "Essaywhuman?!!!!!." With a disquiet crowd establishing the environmental setting of what would be a club, a younger Black Thought finds himself beat boxing and rapping simultaneously over a jazz song. Tariq Trotter's stage moniker, having some near bursts of laughter and reactions to statements made by audience outbursts keeps the authentic feel to the Roots crew's music.
While "Pass The Popcorn (Revisted)" may feel to old-school for the modern day Hip-Hop fan, "No Alibi" makes you feel like its '96 again. Both eerie and gloomy, think of post War Report Tragedy Khadafi's intellect over a Mobb Deep instrumental to get the gist of the dreary street image it portrays. It also contains one of Black Thoughts more impressive work as a lyricist. "My grains habitual and I should never go against/ The ritual I've been mastering ever since" shows a spoken ethic to be followed by Trotter and the Roots though their career. Keeping to their independent, yet open-minded creative ability is what kept them afloat for so long.
A remake of "Din Da Da" by German musician George Kranz finds ?uestlove fulfilling his desire to make a danceable drum solo. While a lyric enthusiast would rather cut the album short to 13 tracks, leaving "Din Da Da" out of the big picture, it does however follow the formula to the drum and rhythm based endings to most of the Roots albums.
Along with guest appearances by Philly native Beanie Sigel and Dice Raw, HOME GROWN! THE BEGGINERS GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE ROOTS is a good start or add to your Roots collection. If you have just unwrapped the cellophane plastic around the jewel case, I advise you to pick up a pair of headphones and prepare yourself to be schooled.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Key Tracks: No Alibi, The Lesson Pt. 3
This compilation consists of two seperate volumes. Both discs are packed (78 mins plus each) with album versions of some of their best known work plus b-sides and rarities you havent heard before. If you only know the Roots post-Things Fall Apart, that is the first song you knew was "You Got Me" then you will appreciate the older cuts on this album, particularly "Good Music" (which is precisely that) and "Pass the Popcorn (revisted)" from Organix. Plus tracks from their classic albums (Do You Want More?!!!??! and Illadelph Halflife)like "The Lesson", "Clones" & "Silent Treatment" (a classic in its own right). Long-time Roots fans will appreciate the alternate versions of the disappointing singles "Break You Off" and "Don't Say Nuthin" - you will actually love these songs (especially the gritty "Don't Say Nuthin" remix) as opposed to the overly-commercial album versions. Also the first track on the first album is the rare "Proceed 2" featuring Roy Ayers.
All this is not to mention what is arguably the best part of this compilation (especially for die-hard fans). That is the the liner notes that drummer ?uestlove (the "Afro" that another reviewer has apparently only ever seen of the group) a true, honest music fan, took the time to compose. ?uest opens the listener up to the world of the Roots and explains the stories behind some of your favorite and not-so-favorite tracks (peep the "Break You Off" notes).
If you think a band needs platinum selling records to make a Greatest Hits album you are mistaken. The only thing the band really needs is top-quality music and a loyal fan base. The Roots, thankfully, have both.