|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|
|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|
|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?|
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.
That was the year of Lauryn Hill's "Miseducation",
Redman's "Doc's Tha Name 2000", The Black-Eyed Peas debut
"Behind The Front" and Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life"...
a great & original time for hip-hop since of course the
true heyday!! (1979-1995)
The Roots, along with all these other aforementioned
hip-hip acts, along with the then flowering neo-soul
movement(ala Erykah Badu, Maxwell, D'Angelo & Angie Stone)
were breaking new ground in urban music
and becoming a hybrid sound all it's own!
"Things Fall Apart" will be looked at as a classic
as the years go on by this generation!---Buy It!
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.