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Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. 1

The Roots

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Customer Reviews


The Roots represent creativity and talent in hip hop. For those who appreciate raw musical skill and straight MC'n definatley check this out. If you haven't heard The Roots, this is a good way to expose yourself to them.

Great non-mainstream music

this is a great album. they are great alternative/underground hip-hop, and most of the songs on this are great. i dont ever make reviews, but i felt i had to for this. its just great hip hop, nothing like 50 cent. its sort of like Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) which was also very good, and the lyrics are great! get this album!

A lesson learned

The Roots, a Philadelphia favorite for over 13 years, have always been a little close to my heart. This first album is by far one of the best retroseptives I've purchased in recent years. I've tried to spread the "Roots Love" where ever I go and with this album, I've converted several, some who have never even heard the Roots before. The Roots are best in alternative hip-hop, with actual instruments, musical talent and a gift that is unheard of in most hip-hop today.


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...
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