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Things Fall Apart (Ltd.Ed) [Explicit Lyrics]

Roots Audio CD
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1. Act Won...Things Fall Apart
2. Table Of Contents (Parts 1 & 2) - The Roots
3. The Next Movement (ft. DJ Jazzy Jeff)
4. Step Into The Realm
5. The Spark - The Roots
6. Dynamite!
7. Without A Doubt - The Roots
8. Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New
9. Double Trouble
10. Act Too...The Love Of My Life
11. 100% Dundee
12. Diedre Vs. Dice
13. Adrenaline
14. 3rd Act: ? Vs. Scratch 2...Electric Boogaloo
15. You Got Me
16. You Don't See Us
17. Return To Innocence Lost
18. Act Fore...The End?

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Very few hip-hop groups make it to their fourth full-length recording, and perhaps only the Roots have made it to that level while still ascending. Although lyrical and musical vision is sorely lacking from most hip-hop (as Puff and Master P have proved, vision isn't necessary to bum-rush the mainstream goldmine), such qualities are cornerstones of the Roots' music. Their second recording, 1995's Do You Want More?, and its follow-up, 1996's Illadelph Halflife, intelligently linked hip-hop to its musical forebears funk and jazz, and their lyrics provided unique, post-nationalist hip-hop critiques. On Things Fall Apart (named for the Chinua Achebe novel) the sextet takes on a more sombre tone, but at no cost to their musical innovations. "If we had to depend on black people to eat, we'd starve to death," says Denzel Washington, sampled from Mo' Better Blues, at the outset of the recording. It's not self-pity--rather, the group frequently returns to the theme of how many African Americans confuse uniformity with unity. Musically, the group is at its best with guests such as Mos Def and Talib Kweli from Black Star contributing some old-school fun and technique to "Double Trouble". Erykah Badu's supple vocals on "You Got Me" are offset by innovative percussion, including an organically developed jungle beat. At a point when most rappers are running on fumes, the Roots are synthesising new ideas. --Martin Johnson

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5.0 out of 5 stars This album made me listen to hip hop. April 9 2005
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album when I was 18. I'm 24 now and it's still great. Prior to listening to things fall apart I loathed most hip hop music. I was still stuck in the grunge era mindframe and I saw very little artistic integrity in mainstream hip hop.
One day a friend offered me a ride home and played this CD for me in his car. I was hooked and still am to this day. Not only is this CD great but also most of the other albums they have made are too.
I don't think I'd ever really have taken hip hop seriously if it wasn't for these guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Hip Hop Feb. 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you're looking for the standard fare, you'd probably be better off looking elsewhere. The Roots ooze talent in each and every track of grass roots hip hop they put out. Intelligent lyrics and amazing musicianship are the hallmarks of this essential album. You can seperate your friends with great taste from those without just by asking them if they own this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best I own period. Dec 17 2003
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This is the best Hip Hop CD I own, and I don't own many beyond 1995. I just happened upon this group, and now they are one of my favorite. The Roots have given me new hope in modern Hip Hop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Notes Nov. 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
Okay, let's drop all the artsy-fartsy, overanalytical pretense and face the facts: the Roots are responsible for some of the most enjoyable hip-hop records ever released for mass consumption.
Black Thought eats the Average MC as an appetizer. With each successive bar any true hip-hop head will be more and more shocked at the fact that Thought is not widely regarded as a lyrical demigod. His intonation and timing are virtually flawless and most importantly, not only does Thought bust out with some of the most neck-snappingly original rhymes but when he does it, he's so damn clever. Not to mention the fact that when a flow calls for a concrete theme (e.g. the mandatory Love Joint) the Bad Lieutenant never ceases to amaze.
Malik B. is admittedly somewhat of an also-ran in the shadow of one Tariq Trotter but let that be only a testament to the unnatural skill of the latter. Only one rapper could make up so many words and get away with it. A certain cold detachedness and pervasive ghetto intellect make the M-Illitant the authentic voice of the streets. A man sorely missed by every Roots fan (hopefully not forever).
Each instrumentalist could be the subject of a multiparagraph praise-fest on his own so let it just be said that such musical synergy is found so little in the world of hip hop that an album full of instrumentals from B.R.O.theR. ? and co. would be worth many a listen.
This is the Roots best work. "100% Dundee" is a lyrical highlight and Rahzel's relentless "look ma, no drums or bass" treatment would never have ocurred to you if you weren't told about it. "Step Into the Realm" is an Illadelph alleyway at 2:30 AM. The Next Movement put you on about these negroes and ever since then it just plain put you on. The list could continue...
F*** analysis, listen to these cats kick out the jams and be dumbfounded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Like It Nov. 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums ever. I'm not usually into R&B or rap but The Roots are definitely different. Every track on this album ties in with the other and I never skip over a song. It's maybe one of the three albums I can do that with. Try it out, you won't be disappointed no matter what your music preference.
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Undeniably a turning point album for 'The Roots'. Widely recognised as either their best album or second best (behind "Phrenology"), it opens with a film dialogue sampled, social commentary...promoting the listener to expect something special, and The Roots more than fulfil any expectations of the listener. It's never been their style to promote bravado & posturing and they don't fall victim to this, its more about self-awareness & social observation, coupled with elements of smooth soul & ambitions jazz....the nearest the band get to being aggressive is actually on one of the many standout tracks ("Step into the Realm"), but it's never threatening.....such is the power of this album, that soultress "Jill Scott" provides co-writing duties, female Rapper "Eve" provides vocals on one track, and sophisticated intellectual rapper Mos Def provides vocals on "Double Trouble" to sublime effect. This albums importance on the recent wave of intellectually thought provoking rap albums of the last few years has earned its place alongside contemporary classics: (De la Soul - "3 feet High & Rising" / Mos Def & Talib Kweli - Black Star / Common - "Electric Circus" / Jurassic 5 - "Quality Control").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Masterpiece Oct. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of the most inspiring, beautiful, intelligent, grooving, hip, and enlightening works of art you will ever experience. The mood on the album ranges from jazzy funk to introspective ballad and everything inbetween, and it is all done in a consistently jaw dropping amazement. All of the tracks are so tight, but a few that really stand out are The Next Movement, Dynamite!, You Got Me, Return to Innocence Lost, and especially Act Too(The Love of My Life). Act Too is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard- it has a beautiful muted trumpet ostinato intro with finger snaps, followed very lyrical rhyme. Anybody who wants to be witness to one of the great musical creations of the 20th Century needs this album. Damn.
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