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Let’s face it: The Roots are not looking to supply the beats for your backyard barbecue. This is deadly serious music — angry, disturbed, gloomy, urgent, raw, and fearless. Led by the always adventurous ?uestlove, the band puts most of the pieces together (hip-hop, rock, psychedelic soul) in just the right way, balancing the cohesiveness of earlier albums with the daringness of later ones. Black Thought offers consistently pointed verses, and a bevy of guest rappers — including Common, Talib Kweli, and old pal Malik B — help pound home the message. “I ain’t tryin’ to clown”, Black Thought insists (as if he had to tell us) atop the slinky, slightly ominous grooves of the title track, which features sharp rhymes from Mos Def and Styles P. The filthy, menacing “Get Busy” pierces with relentless electro-fuzz beats, and the coolly defiant “I Will Not Apologize” soars atop a supple Fela Kuti sample. The gloom finally lifts a bit on the jazzy “Rising Up”, which almost feels like an antiquated nod to the group’s more polished, smoothly flowing vibe of the previous decade. Clearly, though, times have changed, and the Roots’ dismal, near-apocalyptic vision of corrupt politicians, natural disasters, economic hardship, and rampant violence may not be pleasant, but it doesn’t seem too far off the mark either.

Customer Reviews

Our Time

Definatley a high ranker on the 'albums of our time', The Roots have supplied the beats to some of the best moments in my life, and I'm sure will continue to do so!

Buy this album!!!!

You don't have to be a fan of hip-hop. Just a fan of music. If you don't believe me, preview the trackks 'Criminal' (my standout), 'Unwritten', and 'Rising Up'. The Roots always take hip-hop to another level with their releases, and this one's no different. For a cool single, the bonus track, Birthday Girl is a cool headnodder. Trust me, if you don't wanna hear the same old rubbish on the radio, buy this album. You won't be disappointed.


this is a great album, you dont have to skip any tracks, the beat is amazing, the rapping is sick!! BUY IT NOW!!


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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