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Inspired by Chinua Achebe’s literary masterwork Things Fall Apart, the group takes a probing look at the decline of hip-hop culture on their fourth album. They craft vibrant neo-soul notes augmented by DJ scratching on “The Next Movement” and energetic tag-team sessions between Black Thought and guest MC Mos Def on “Double Trouble.” The result is an acceptance of where hip-hop is headed, no matter its faults. As Black Thought admits on “Act Too,” “Hip-hop, you’re the love of my life.”

Customer Reviews

Legendary!

One of the greatest hip hop albums released. So underrated. So overlooked. 10 stars out of 5. Tough to pick favourites but if i had to: 100% dundee, Diedre vs. Dice, act 2,3,4...and of course you got me..allll good.

Expectedly outstanding!

These guys don't really make bad albums, and this one is no exception. The truth is ever-present in songs like Dynamite and The Spark, but I also like The Next Movement with guest DJ Jazzy Jeff whose skills are generally under-appreciated by younger hip-hop fans, and You Got Me with Erika Badu that has a sweet soulful vibe that gets under your skin. It's alll good!

It's one of the greatest albums in hip hop history

But I was VERY surprise to see it this high. Real Hip Hop 4 Life

Biography

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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