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Editors’ Notes

Those into the minimal melancholy of 2008's Rising Down are in for more moody masterpieces with 2010's How I Got Over. The Roots' ninth studio album touches on more dark and heady subjects like loneliness, perseverance, self-abuse, war, and even aspects of existentialism. "Dear God 2.0" is riveting and beautiful with haunting elements provided by Monsters of Folk. Blu, P.O.R.N. and Dice Raw contribute to "Radio Daze," which is a little more buoyant thanks to some roomy, snare-heavy beats and a melodic hook in the chorus while Black Thought's ability to make complex phrasing move with a flowing cadence takes center stage. Things get a bit sunnier on "Now or Never" as both the tempos and melodies pick up a little. But you get a sense of why "How I Got Over" became the title-track from the first verse. It's overflowing with the classic tones of Philly soul, and not just in the instruments — Black Thought's heartfelt and controlled singing here reveals his best performance of the album, though he's upstaged by Joanna Newsom on the contagiously catchy "Right On."

Customer Reviews

Might be the best roots album.....

Yes you read right, personally Phrenology was the best (IMO), but this album (again IMO) tops it. Lyrically every song is on point with Black Thought spittin, but shouldn't be a surprise. Buy the album, don't bootleg, and support GOOD hip-hop, not the watered down garbage called "hip-hop" constantly on the radio. This group is without question, including Black Thought as one of the best MC's period, very underrated.

to hell with pop radio

amazing amazing amazing!!!!!!! all of you pop stars that rap about money and all of your women that we intellectuals could care less about oughtta give this album a listen. clearly, you all could learn something, because once again the roots do not disappoint. if you really want to know how the world works take a listen to this album. it is nothing hort of phenomenal!!!

It's like a Non-Stop Concert

They blend all the tracks so well and every MC they had on stepped their game up (although I can't get enough Black Thought). Great album and they have a new sound, while keeping that Roots formula intact. Another classic.

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...
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