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Tipping Point

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  • Audio CD (July 13 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0002A2WAY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
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1. Star/Pointro
2. I Don't Care
3. Don't Say Nuthin'
4. Guns Are Drawn
5. Stay Cool
6. Web
7. Boom!
8. Somebody's Gotta Do It
9. Duck Down!
10. Why (What's Goin' On?)

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Philadelphia's popularly regarded as among today's most innovative, adverturous and influential bands, return with their highly anticipated 6th album. With contributions from Jean Grae, Martin Luther, Devin the Dude, guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas, producer Scott Storch, and comedian Dave Chappelle.


On their sixth album, the Roots backslide a bit on the creative promise they showed with 2002's Phrenology. Instead of expanding into more ambitious and experimental areas--the way Outkast has, for example--the Roots tend to fall back to basics with vigorous, but ultimately conventional, lyricism. There are definitely some truly great moments here: the album opens with near-magic on "Star," a mesmerizing song that is one of the finest of the group's career, and Black Thought is a one-man tour de force on "Boom!" where he mimics Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap down to their velour sweats. But The Tipping Point also has some of their blandest production ever, and, at 10 tracks (plus two hidden cuts), the compactness of the album makes the problem spots stand out more than usual. "I Don't Care" and "Duck Down!" in particular seem derivative and commercially tailored. The main thing missing here is an overall guiding concept, something the Roots have never lacked before. --Oliver Wang

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Format: Audio CD
The lackluster quote above is from a sampled old-school voice used to introduce one of the tracks on this album, and accidentally illustrates the rather unenthusiastic, noncommittal nature of the record. This is a significant step backward from the sprawling and adventurous Phrenology, as The Roots have settled back into a minimalist sound, based on lazy classic soul grooves, with very conventional old-school raps. The lyrics offer few surprises and are mostly form over function (such as "cool like a polar bear colony"), while Black Thought's delivery is competent yet utterly unexciting. The Roots' awesome secret weapon, ?uestlove, is also underutilized. His booming natural drums certainly kick some life into some of the songs here, though in others his beats have been processed to the point where he sounds like the type of cheesy drum machine that he's supposed to be replacing. It's interesting that the hottest moments on this album occur in the two uncredited bonus tracks at the end, which drop some serious classic phunk with some experimental twists. As for the rest of the album, the minimalist drums-n-bass delivery works well in a few places, like the coolly insistent "Web" and the aptly titled "Boom!" But otherwise, you get the feeling that if this album was any more laidback, it would be in a coma. [~doomsdayer520~]
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"Tipping Point" may be a notch below the greatness of its 2002 predecessor "Phrenology" (which had guests ranging from Musiq to Nelly Furtado to Cody Chestnutt), but it has its knockout moments only a fool would resist. The beats are still hot and the rhymes flow with a unique sharpness. Hip hop's greatest live band keeps things concise on this 55-minute set with tight numbers like the Sly & the Family Stone-sampled "Star Pointro," in which they name-drop Kylie and dis Ruben Studdard. I also dug "Somebody's Got to Do it," "Guns are Drawm," the aptly named "Stay Cool (love that Al Hirt sample)," and the 17 minute closer, "Why," a socially conscious, pro-self-empowerment epic that's one of "Tipping Point"'s best tracks. Hip hop snobs and outright haters might pick apart at this CD for not being "Phrenology II," but I think it's a progressive, if flawed, step in the right direction. Give me the Roots over 90% of the hopeless dreck that is modern hip hop.
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Format: Audio CD
so you popped in the new roots cd and you were thrown for a loop. No beatbox assistance,(where is Scratch and Rahzel?), No traditional "girl" joint, no Ursula Rucker, and no female hooks.
and yes, its a good album. For roots fans, the best explaination of how i feel is by saying this
Organix-it was the Roots version of the first Fugees album. You say the potential, but didnt completely eenjoy the record.
Do you want more????-you and your friends were checking out this rap/jazz thing for what it was worth, careful not to categorize them as another diggable planets, or Tribe called quest. great album, hip hop classic, Silent treatment is still one of my all time favorite joints, and a 15 yr old dice raw will forever make me remember what lunchroom fresstyling is about.
Illadelph-Best album, Tariq and malik at their best, nuff said.
Things fall Apart- Like Outkast and Jay Z, their worst material is their most commerically praised work. the roots won a Grammy? the roots went gold? I felt like part of the family just watching this happen. Still, there is great material on this record, ex:100% dundee, also includes Ursula's best roost album poem
Phrenology _ their most original album, most personal. subject matter appears throughout a roots album for the first time since Illadelph. actually their first album that truly had a grat amount of subject matter throughout.
Now, with this album the roots take a note from the completeness that is Phrenology, and continue to explore the "Song instead of battle rap" path. great songs, especially Web, Boom!(spooky record), and Stay cool. Perhaps it is best to keep your albums short, and change the pace.
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Format: Audio CD
With each definitive album the Roots stretch the bounds of Hip-Hop to new frontiers. While each album brings a slew of different artists into the mix, contributing their unique sound and vocals, the essence of Hip-Hop stays strong. Though this may be the shortest of the Roots albums, it does not dissapoint whether you are a new Roots fan or a veteran to their sound. The album starts off wonderfully with the track "Star/Pointro", one of the best songs they have ever created. Though at times the song may sound a bit mainstream they are all headbangers. Songs like "the Mic" and "Guns Drawn" are two of the weaker tracks off the album, "the Mic" being one of two hidden tracks. But there is plenty of positive in this latest Roots album. The sound is clean, the beats are infectious, Black Thought shows why he is one of the best lyricist in the game, and you have got to love ?uestlove. "The Tipping Point" is definitely worth the purchase, especially for the hidden track "Din Da Da."
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