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Album Review

The Roots’ third album for Def Jam and ninth studio set, How I Got Over, is the group’s first release since becoming the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Crossing paths with the show’s musical guests has fostered collaborations that would not have occurred under any other circumstances. While the album features the likes of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Monsters of Folk, there are several less surprising contributions from Little Brother’s Phonte, Dice Raw, P.O.R.N., John Legend, and Jazzyfatnastees’ Mercedes Martinez.

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A must have for 2010

My first review will be for the album How I Got Over by The Roots. If you were limited to buying one album in 2010 then this album should be it. How I Got Overis one of the best albums I’ve listened to since Radiohead - In Rainbows. Simply put, it’s a close projection of perfection.

The Roots, a hip-hop band from Philadelphia, are one of the most respected artists in the genre. Their Phrenology album was one of the most played records personally and though there have been many albums since then, How I Got Over has really put the band on a whole new pedestal.

The album is filled with positive messages. In a day and age where it seems that many artists are just constantly whinging and are filled with shallow angst, The Roots come forward with a strong message and preach; And though their message is for the streets and the people who have been caught up in the game, it is applicable to every single human being; rich and poor, black and white, young and old

Black Thought’s prolific lyrics are educational and inspirational but what makes this album special isn’t just the lyrics and the messages, nor is it Questlove’s drumming or the bands all round talent; no! What makes this album what it is, is a combination of everything I’ve mentioned above plus the collaborations and artists that have been used to give each track a unique voice and an amazing feel.

The more you listen to this album, the more you will love it and it’s all pretty strong. Personally the weakest tracks on the album are Web 20/20 and the bonus track Hustla and both of those songs are slowly growing on me. There are 3 interlude tracks that tease you nicely and help with the overall flow of the album.

To pick a favourite from the remaining 9 tracks is almost impossible since every time I listen to the album I’m picking a different favourite. What it honestly comes down to is that the album is so solid as a whole that picking out individual tracks is near impossible because we’re taking on something separate from each track.

For the sake of the article I was going over the album once more with the intention of picking a favourite and I only ended up writing out all the remaining 9 tracks.

Walk Alone satisfies me because of its simplicity.
Dear God hits a nerve with its message.
Radio Daze is just good old fashioned rawness.
Now or Never is just a strong positive message over a laid back, easy listening production.
How I Got Over is just catchy and is the first track to showcase Black Thoughts husky singing voice along with his strong message.
The Day is simply beautiful with an obscure female vocal that flows in nicely with the next track, Right On, which features another female collaborator with an odd mesmerising voice.

I’ve mentioned 7 tracks already and you’d think that an album with 7 amazing tracks is enough but obviously it wasn’t because then Questlove truly showcases his drumming on Doin It Again followed by what many classify as their favourite track on the album Fire featuring John Legend.

I’m already labelling this as the album of 2010 but don’t take my word for it. Do yourself a favour and go out and buy it.

If you’re hanging for even more Roots songs after you hear this, go through the back catalogue and if that’s not sufficient, get excited because The Roots are collaborating with John Legend for his next album.

Hands down 5 stars!


Very smooth and cool. A breath of fresh air in today's music. I missed "The Roots". Buy it.

Best hip hop release of 2010

Do yourself a favor & get this. Great album from start to finish, there's no filler.


Formed: 1987 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prolific rap groups, the Roots were also among the most progressive acts in contemporary music, from their 1993 debut through their conceptual 2010s releases. Despite the seemingly archaic practice of functioning as a rap band with several instrumentalists -- from 2007 onward, their lineup even featured a sousaphonist -- they were ceaselessly creative, whether with their own material, or through their varied assortment of collaborations. They went platinum and gold with successive...
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