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Customer Reviews

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This album is great. In this record The Roots started to expand their musical genius which should be in every Roots fan collection.


The beats by questlove are great but the overall album lacks staying power to really stay in my collection..I had a friend who bought this album when it came out and I remember him saying as a Roots fan, that the songs were stale and the rapping sounded the same on every song.. I totally agree

Download the whole album if possible!

First off, this is argubly The Roots' best album. While not as successful as others, it's hard to not realize the genius or care taken in it's creation. Until recently, ITunes only had the partial album up, so needless to say, it was disappointing. This album was meant to be listened to in it's entirety. Saying that, "Water" is such a great song on so many levels, one of my favorite songs of all time, that to skip over it is just a shame. I honestly do suggest buying the whole album just for this one song; the rest of the album will make it a worthy purchase. If you simply can't afford or are unwilling to do that, at least look into "The Seed (2.0)" or "Break You Off," the two singles from this album. Phrenology is a breath of fresh air in the hip-hop world, real rap at it's finest. Phrenology can change the mind of anyone who has ever said, "rap is crap" and beleives it's just a bunch of high-school drop-out wanna-be thugs only concerned with dissing women and smoking weed. This truly is a work of art, and I can't emphasis this enough, if possible, buy the whole album - it's worth it.


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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