|5. It Just Don't Stop|
|7. Push Up Ya Lighter|
|8. What They Do|
|9. ? Vs. Scratch (The Token DJ Cut)|
|10. Concerto Of The Desperado|
|12. Universe At War|
|13. No Alibi|
|14. Dave Vs. Us|
|15. No Great Pretender|
|16. The Hypnotic|
|17. Ital (The Universal Side)|
|18. One Shine|
|19. The Adventures In Wonderland|
1999 came with The Roots' fourth album, "Things Fall Apart". It had futuristic jazz melodies in songs such as "The Next Movement" (featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff) and "Act Too: The Love of My Life" with old school hits like "Dynamite!" and "Double Trouble".
In between all of this was their "transition album," known as "Illadelph Halflife". This CD is when they first showed their permenant white-boy keyboardist, Kamal, and when Scratch made his debut.
The album starts off with "Respond/React" and "Section", which are excellent tracks to open up the album. "Respond/React" is more of the modern type of hip-hop that you hear on TFA, while "Section" is a lighter, jazzier song that could have fit on "Do You Want More?!!!??!" very easily. The two styles mix together on the track "Push up ya Lighter" (featuring Bahamadia), which is one of the top tracks on the album. "Clones" is a fun and wild song, probably the best on the CD. It has two of The Roots' friends Dice Raw and Mars Co.-Op, which makes those 5 minutes as interesting as "Essaywhuman?!!!??!". "The Hypnotic" is a jazzy, slow track that makes this CD legendary. "One Shine" has no real rapping, just a few vocals not very noticable put in by Black Thought. "No Great Pretender" is Rahzel's traditional vocal beatbox song, and "? vs. Scratch (the Token DJ's Cut)" is where Scratch gets his first shot at being with The Roots.
Overall, this CD is what you should get to see how the Legendary Roots Crew transitions from baby group to grown-up, mature band. Kamal's keys are laid-back and relaxed, Hub's basslines are sweet (I've been trying to play some off this album since I can finally afford one of the damn instruments), and ?uestlove's beats are tight as usual. For all you downloaders out there, get "Clones", "Concerto of the Desperado", "The Hypnotic", "Push up ya Lighter", "Ital (the Universal Side)" (featuring Q-tip of ATCQ), and "No Alibi".
PS: "The Tipping Point" comes out July 13th!
PPS: Okayplayer True Notes Vol. 1 comes out tomorrow! Buy it!!!