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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

Know what I'm getting for Christmas

Thank God this came around the time of the holidays because this is probably going to be the greatest gift I've ever gotten. This album sounds so good I'm just so mad that the only thing I can do is listen to these samples. The Roots are sick and if you don't like them well... Let's just say I'll be happy to help you with any illness are serious mental condition that you have that is clearly effecting your taste in music. Needless to say I really think you should buy this album and if you don't have the money start saving because every single song here is worth at the very least the $0.99 that you pay for it. Besides about time D4L's album got knocked out of the top 10 where it should've never been in the first place.

Musik Like WHOA!!

If this album don't do it, fuggedaboudit! The Roots were totally screwed out of a Grammy for last year's masterwork "The Tipping Point." This group will probably be overlooked again with this awesome slice of divine sound. That's okay, tho--they did it to the Dead too. That's right, I said Dr ?uestlove has picked up the mantle bequeathed by the late Jerry Garcia to the next generation's countercultural spokesman. And so the Roots is this generation's Grateful Dead. That realization hit me last January as my ears bathed in the loudest concert I ever saw in my natural life! The band encompassed the totality of American musical history, laid out like a golden path to liberation. This album recalls that experience so well that the tang of cigarettes and beer permeate my hair and my feet stick to the floor. There is nothing in Amerikkka today like this gang of masters, and this album is their box of cigars. Buy now and enjoy forever.

'Deeper Roots Stronger Branches'

I've been listenin' to these guys since a friend of mine took me to a Live Performance at Tower Records in San Diego about 9 years ago.... I haven't stopped since. Anyone who likes their stuff has got to see them live. Superb album.


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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