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For all the fun they have as the house band for The Tonight Show, The Roots get down to business when they enter the studio. Billed as a concept album, ATYSYC features rappers Black Thought, Dice Raw, and Greg Porn relating vignettes about income inequality and spiritual bankruptcy within the African-American community. Brooding amid layers of soul breaks and the kind of erudite samples that fans have come to expect from music encyclopedia ?uestlove ("Black Rock" borrows funk chestnut "Yeah Yeah"), the album is more meditation than celebration. With its mournful piano and slumping beat, "When the People Cheer" is a representative sample: "Everybody asks if God is all that/But I got a feeling he ain't never coming back," sings a children's choir on the hook. Longtime fans will be familiar with this somber side of The Roots, while newcomers used to them as Jimmy Fallon's sidekicks will discover a whole different side of this legendary hip-hop troupe.

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Get Stoned

This album is a very old school experience. If you are looking for hooks and radio jams you WILL BE DISAPPOINTED. If you are the type that smokes a bowl, throws on your headphones/cans and listens to a full album like an indie movie...you might be pleasantly surprised. I am still not sure how much I dig on the interludes being a greater presence than more traditional songs, but I'm not hating on it like these other people writing reviews. It's a tripy album for sure.

Still love you Roots.

This album will be dope!

Love the single they came out with, hopefully the album will be good but the roots never disappoint.

Mission Accomplished

If you read the background and intent of this artwork and you realize that The Roots' mission was accomplished. Like the album cover, after a closer look at the lyrical description of characters, what seems like a disjointed collage of music becomes a seamless, uniformed picture.

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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