The Roots
Illadelph Halflife


5.0
classic

Review

by Typhoon24 USER (11 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2018 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Make no mistake, this is as street hip-hop gets; and there's only one motto: all that fake sh*t's got to go.

The Roots make for an excellent litmus test for whether someone truly understands hip-hop. Reason is, due to their reputation as the legendary Roots crew and despite being on late night television, people are just now starting to respect them. This implies, however, that the Roots will always be respected by the underground and so that's why showing them love is a great way for more ignorant hip hop fans to get cred. What's funny is that similar to Outkast, The Roots were already the best by the time they became famous (Outkast's best work came out before Stankonia) and the Roots had already killed it half a decade before Jimmy Fallon as one of the greatest rap groups of all time. In 1996, already a supreme year in terms of hip hop contributions, the Roots dropped their rawest, purest classic, which continued to evolve and expand with their next album. Make no mistake, this is as street hip-hop gets; and there's only one motto: all that fake sh*t's got to go.

For this album we are taken through different emotions and storylines, guided by the slickest rapper of all time, Black Thought, and his competent side kick Malik B, who never fails to sustain the hype and always shouted out his rap partner-similar in many ways to Phife Dawg, but a bit more sharp on the mic. Songs like Respond/React, Section, and Concerto of the Desperado are some of the razor-sharp lyrical journeys that will leave you with your arms in the air, rapping along to the Roots killing emcees. It Just Don't Stop is one of the more hardhitting reality raps on the joint. Clones seems like a direct shoutout to the New York gritty rap style of the time, Philly-style. The second half is just as good as the first, but you might be a little exhausted from being spun around in every direction by Black Thought's dense yet accessible lyrics.

The production is the best part. The Roots are commonly compared with Jazz Rap, but this is their most hip hop sounding album...that still is being played with a Jazz Rap band. Do You Want More"!"! was definitely more upbeat and had more interesting jazz elements. Make no mistake, this is TOP-NOTCH 90's atmospheric boom-bap filled with cool J Dilla sounding beats (Panic!!!) and several other production and lyrical gems that make relistening a must. Please get on this if you haven't.



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Typhoon24
September 2nd 2018


1941 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i can't believe im the only review

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2018


41592 Comments


great short and sweet review, I've only heard undun and it was damn good but gotta check their 90s stuff

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butcherboy
September 2nd 2018


9464 Comments


long overdue.. classic of the genre.. and a bigass pos!

bloc
September 2nd 2018


55050 Comments


Never really got into these guys as much

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johnnyblaze
September 2nd 2018


3198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dope review. love this album. the roots in their prime.

Gyromania
September 3rd 2018


26830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yes dude! This is so good

twlichty
September 3rd 2018


3963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What they do is one of the best songs of all time

TheMrAlexK
September 4th 2018


10850 Comments


How did this not have a review omg

Typhoon24
September 6th 2018


1941 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Styles newer than the world order

ilovewhiskey
October 12th 2018


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album is the holder of one of my favorite rap songs ever, that I always forget about until I revisit the album XD. That song would be "Episodes."



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