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Illadelph Halflife [Explicit Lyrics]

Roots Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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1. Intro
2. Respond/React
3. Section
4. Panic!!!!!!!
5. It Just Don't Stop
6. Episodes
7. Push Up Ya Lighter
8. What They Do
9. ? Vs. Scratch (The Token DJ Cut)
10. Concerto Of The Desperado
11. Clones
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
20. Outro

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Philly never gets its props, but the City of Brotherly Love has pioneered its fair share of hip-hop innovations. Schooly D was the first gangsta rapper; DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince perfected rap comedy, and the Roots became the first rap act to put together an impressive live show without samples and sequencers. On their third album, "illadelph halflife," {cq} the Roots capture in the studio the same chemistry between rhymes and live instruments that they've generated on stage. The album does include samples, but they're samples of the band's own exploratory jam sessions in Philadelphia's legendary Sigma Sound Studios. --Geoffrey Himes

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hip Hop Masterpiece! July 1 2004
By D. Lee
Format:Audio CD
This is truly one of the most underrated hip hop albums to ever be recorded. It could reasonably be compellingly argued that this is truly The Roots' best album. All of their albums are great, but this is certainly their most focused effort. Black Thought and Malik B consistently display some of the most outstanding examples of mcing that have ever been recorded. Dice Raw holds his own, Q-tip hits you with some really soulful and heartful rhymes and Common kills it with his usual wit and clever observations on his song. All of the mc's touch on many different subjects throughout the album; dealing with everything from everyday life in urban America to controversial takes on Religion and Politics. And that's just the lyrics, the music itself is a cornucopia of sounds. There are many different styles of music represented in hip hop form on this album. They hit you with everything from jazz to opera all in the form of minimalist hip hop beats. This is basic purist hip hop at its best. For all of you who have grown tired and weary of the sad state that hip hop is in today, allowing yourself to indulge in this album will remind you of exactly what is that is so great about hip hop music. I encourage you all to take a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Mixes with the Modern Hip-hop May 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In 1994, The Roots dropped their amazing second album entitled "Do You Want More?!!!??!". It was jazzy, featuring Steve Coleman playing the saxophone in many songs with a few other guest horn appearances. Rahzel even vocally beatboxed for Dice Raw's debut as a 15-year-old freestyling for over 2 minutes nonstop on "The Lesson, Pt. 1".
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illadelph "Halflife" really a whole Feb. 7 2004
By Justin
Format:Audio CD
Illadelph Halflife is not the first Roots cd that I heard but it might as well be the last. As an owner of this cd as well as "Do You Want More?!!!??!", and "Things Fall Apart", I can safely say that 'Halflife' is my personal favourite. Track after track of genuine real and seemingly unpolished hiphop this album just doesnt quit. If you're looking to find advice on which roots cd you should pick up next, I think I'm answering that question and hopefully without doubt. This album belongs in a hiphop hall of fame along with Resurrection by Common Sense. We all remember commons views on why he 'Used to love H.E.R.' and the same morals lie within 'Halflife' as well. Track 7 "UNIverse at War" features com' spittin' back and forth with Black Thought for some of thee best flowing lyrics I have EVER heard. The message behind track 5 "It Just Dont Stop" is an exlpicit version of what should be taught in schools. Lesson being, hear with your ears and leave your eyes out of it. Easily one of the best hiphop albums ever created if not albums period.
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Well this is my second installment of 4 reviews that i am writing about all of the Roots' studio albums (excluding phrenology which i haven't heard).
Illadelph Illadelph Illadelph...good ol' Illadelph. This was the second album by The Roots that i got (the first being "Things Fall Apart"). At first i thought it was good but not great. But, after hearing all their albums i understood the problem. As stated in my other reviews...each album has a different feel and a method in which to be listened. i did what everyone does when they first get a new album...put it in search for the hottest beat they can find then if they find little or none of these songs, they are skeptical to listen again. read closely...ROOTS ALBUMS ARE TO BE LISTENED TO IN THEIR ENTIRETY IN ORDER FOR MAXIMUM SATISFACTION! after doing this multiple times i realized this album is great when you're calm and is great for relaxing, it's almost got the feel of dark jazz club but with hip-hop. overall, it is a must have for Roots fans, or people that like hip-hop not hip-pop (AKA anything you see on TV or hear about a lot). All in all, this is a great album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars halflife is so half their best
for any true hip hop hope you would need to see a live roots performance when you start to say that this cd is so phenominal
Published on June 1 2004 by Paul W. Binkley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Roots at their best
Personally, Illadelph Halflife is my favorite album by The Roots, and that's saying a lot because The Roots have a very strong discography. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by omar r.
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Work Of Art
The Roots have dropped many dope albums over the years, but this was the CD that put me on. To me, the Roots are to the mid to late 90's what ATCQ was to the early 90's. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by Keith Witherspoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wicked!!!
In '95 I borrowed a cd off one of my managers, (Stolen Moments, Red Hot & Cool) a jazz compilation which was put together for Aids Awareness. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars you'll never go back
i feel obligated to praise what has become my favorie hip-hop cd of all time. anyone who appreciates quality, concious hip-hop either knows about this already or would otherwise be... Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2003 by jimmy p
4.0 out of 5 stars best band in hip hop?
Being appointed with the moniker of the 'best band in hip hop' is a blessing and curse for the roots. Read more
Published on May 26 2003 by Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars The Roots never disappoint!
A week ago I owned every Roots album except for this one and Come Alive (their live album). I just finally got this album yesterday and I can't believe I missed out on it for so... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2003 by Luther84
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick.
The Roots are out in full force on this one. This album has a sophistication rarely achieved in hip hop. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2003 by Jason Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential hip hop
This album is a definite classic. I was a little disappointed with "Things Fall Apart" and really disappointed with their latest "Phrenology", but a lot of that... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by CG
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