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Things Fall Apart Explicit Lyrics
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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|
|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?|
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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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.
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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True classic of hip-hop, an serious hip-hop head needs this in his collection. It is proudly displayed on my wall.Published 9 months ago by John Ford
This CD here was the ultimate bomb back in
'98 & '99 when I was still living in NYC!!
That was the year of Lauryn Hill's "Miseducation",
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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. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by blakletter
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. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by Prof
First of all, I must warn that I am not a very experienced listener of rap, so you should take my opinion with precaution. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003
This is one of my favorite albums ever. I'm not usually into R&B or rap but The Roots are definitely different. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003 by D. Parker
This album is one of the most inspiring, beautiful, intelligent, grooving, hip, and enlightening works of art you will ever experience. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Eric Barstad