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Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vols. 1 & 2

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Despite the promise of the title, the sprawling, two volume, Homegrown: A Beginner’s Guide To The Roots is, if anything, too accurate a reflection of The Roots’ bewilderingly eclectic career to serve as a concise primer for the uninitiated. Nonetheless, there is a wealth of stellar material on display here, and the dedicated listener ought to be able to form an accurate picture of The Roots’ career with a little luck and perseverance, while hardcore fans will be attracted by the high quality rarities and b-sides that fill out each volume. Though classic joints such as “Good Music”, “What They Do”, “Clones”, and “Star” are well represented, Homegrown’s disorganized, resolutely achronological tracklist might well leave newcomers bewildered, but the sheer volume of amazing material here ought to leave any listener suitably awed. Those reluctant to begin plumbing the Roots’ voluminous back-catalogue unaided could find worse places to start than the undisputedly brilliant material on Homegrown.

Customer Reviews

A Masterpiece is BORN

the title can be misleading. Sure newbies are welcome to join in the fun. but this is pretty much an affair for those Roots fans who have been supporting this band from day one. you see EVERY phase of this groups evoulution. However i must say that the true star of the show are the in depth liner notes given by leader Quest Luv. The Music to me plays like a secondary soundtrack to his amazing humorous meanderings. Its a shame this group is not a household name. total Class all the way! You owe yourself this record.

The Movement, from the beginning

A Must have. Especially their "Do You Want More?!?!" b-sides & rarities. Buy this, and remember how brilliant and creative Hip-Hop used to be...

Must Have!

Ok, so if you are wondering how we do it in Philly...this record tells it all. Style, class, talent, and beautidul sounds. Big ups to the Roots!


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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