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Though The Roots have wandered down a multitude of stylistic pathways during their decade and a half long career, they've always maintained a clear and uncompromising aesthetic focus. From the expansive, organic jams of Do You Want More?!!!??!, to the more concise classicism of Things Fall Apart, to the sprawling, boldly progressive Phrenology, The Roots have stayed true to their principles of restless musical experimentation, and fiercely interrogatory, politically minded lyricism. Game Theory, The Roots’ eighth LP and their first release for Def Jam, sees Black Thought, ?uestlove and the rest of the crew continuing to refine their souled-out sound. In standout track “Take It There” a reinvigorated Black Thought rails against the development of a surveillance society, his verses surging forward on a wave of trickily syncopated live beats, while lead single “Don’t Feel Right” is an outraged slice of 21st century soul, embellished by the ominous reverberations of an abused piano. Game Theory finds The Roots galvanized by a newfound sense of political urgency, and by a welcome surfeit of musical inspiration.

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Dedicated to the Legend Dilla - A CLASSIC

In a world of lazy hip-pop, so called rappers and supa light R&B, you would be forgiven for thinking hip-hop was dead. This is a celebration of the true art, but is in no way stagnant or retro. Like any true classic, each track is fresh and accomplished, but when they slot into the puzzle of the whole work their power is multiplied. Providing an edgier, melancholic sound than their previous album I can't help thinking the loss of their friend J Dilla added to this. "Can't Stop This" is the testament to him. This is the promised land of hip-hop, a place where plastic frontmen and commercialized beats wither and die. Hip-hop as it should have evolved, SOUL music for all the headz that know. BUY THIS!!

Yet more proof!!!

This album is yet more conclusive proof that The Roots are not just one of the best hip hop bands, but genuinely one of the best bands around at the moment. Note: use of the word BAND and not group. The music is an equal counterpart to Black Thoughts awesome lyrics, and not merely a beat facilitating a rap flow. Everytime they release a record i tend to get a little carried away in my judgement, but not this time. I can not stop listening to it. I thought Phrenology was a little weaker than the other albums previously (but nevertheless still awesome: check, Water, Thought @ Work) and was a little concrened they would never reach the heights of Things Fall Apart or Do You Want More, but then Tipping Point restored my faith, but i wasnt sure it could get much better after so many years in the game. I was hugely wrong. This really is my Record of the Year, and i can not wait for Shepherds Bush in 11th December.

A little over-hyped.

This is another great album, but not a classic in my opinion. I don't think it's as strong as some of their previous efforts... There's three tracks that carry the whole album: 'Game Theory', 'Don't Feel Right' and 'Here I Come'. It's definitely worth a listen.


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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