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2003 album featuring guests Alicia Keys, Cody Chesnutt, Jill Scott & others! Includes 'Rolling With Heat'.
If you were wondering what the heck phrenology means, the Roots wouldn't have it any other way. Hip-hop's hardest-working live band continues where they left off with Things Fall Apart, forcing listeners to think outside of the Hot 97 FM box--or just plain think. On "Thought at Work," lead emcee Black Thought--the most criminally underrated wordsmith of his time--weaves captivating flows over a neck-snapping break beat, while on "Water" he boldly addresses the controversy surrounding his partner-in-rhyme Malik B's alleged substance abuse. While collaborations with Nelly Furtado ("Sacrifice") and Talib Kweli ("Rhymes and Ammo") read much better on paper than they sound, the catchy, up-tempo call-and-response routine utilized by the crew on the latter song will amp up Roots nonbelievers. As a bonus, Jill Scott's dreamy falsetto refrain hammers home some finer points about love on "Complexity." --Dalton Higgins
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The album's first song, "Rock You," is a heavy bass and percussion bash full of ego and, as the title promises, rock. The piece climaxes with "!!!!!!," a dash of punk sounding like an outtake from Minor Threat's "Anthology."
The Roots are the pepper and salt of hip hop; they can do so much and sound so good that it seems like this album is a compilation that definitely doesn't fit in the 2000s. It is a pure mixtape from 1970, taking sounds from every genre and reinventing hip hop. "Sacrifice" is a feel-good spiritual flowing like water from a faucet. With a light-techno bass and back-up singers straight from the Grand Theft Auto III soundtrack, this is one of the more immediately accessible songs on the album. So, probably not intentionally, is this song's follow-up, "Rolling With Heat." A simple low-brass riff and old-school drummin' on trash cans percussion provides a perfect backdrop for Talib Kweli and Black Thought's sharp lyrics.
While the radio-skit gig has been tired out in the music world by artists like Queens of the Stone Age ("Songs for the Deaf") and Redman ("Doc's Da Name"), the Roots do it with a flawless sense of class on "Rollcall" by name-dropping all their influences a little more subtly than Missy Elliott. This is followed by the explosive "Thought @ Work," a politically-minded word play backed by the Africaans-percussion section from Sugarhill Gang's "Apache" and jungle horns.Read more ›
Though Black Thought was the better of the two, the absence of Malik B. is strongly felt in terms of variety and his unique flow. And the beats, while mostly good, sound over-produced and don't have that funky edge that made previous Roots stuff what it was. There are certainly standout songs--"Rolling with Heat" features Talib Kweli, who in my mind just keeps getting better with time; other faves are "thought @ work" and "quills." But, definitely don't expect a traditional roots album.
On a side note, the bonus DVD is a great addition. I wish more artists would include stuff like this.
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There are a lot of people in the world who will spend their lives following. Will only listen to things popular, eat things that dont sound weird, and will continue that way. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Jean Louis
If you're new to or "wondering" about The Roots then definitely get this album. This album is The Roots at their peak. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Beardyjin
The Roots are an interesting hip hop group in that they play their own instruments and are apparantly really good live, however, on this album, most of the songs are really... Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Glenn Nippert
It seems as if the Roots got tired of being classified as the group that's "more fun to think about than actually listen to" (thanks for that, Rolling Stone). Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by Bulluck
The Roots are a classic group, so they tend to put out classic or near classic music with every release. This album is no different.
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The album is steller. The Roots have done it again. Pay close attention as we are witnessing the EWF (Earth, Wind & Fire) or Franky Beverly & Maze of our days (& I mean... Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Big City
I recently saw the roots in Belfort, France over the summer, and I must say that my expectations were in no way exceeded. In fact, the show was horrible. Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by dan
I'm glad to see that many other reviewers agree with me that what makes The Roots so incredible is that unlike many other bands, their albums become increasingly better. Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by The Sesh
This is in my opinion the best Roots album I own, and I have all of them except the live cd (by the way, you got to see these guys live- seeing ?uestlove on the drums is amazing). Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by roastbeefalo