Illadelph Halflife is the third studio album by The Roots. It features a tougher and broader sound than their previous album, Do You Want More. The album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. In 2006, the album was selected as one of Hip-Hop Connection's 100 Best Rap Albums from 1995 to 2005. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign UMe will be reissuing this classic back on standard weight vinyl.
Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew, consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard). The collective has become one of most respected hip-hop acts in the business and one of the greatest live groups around, currently residing as the official house band of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. 2006's Grammy nonimated Game Theory is The Roots' dark and socially conscious seventh full-length LP and first for Def Jam which introduced shades of synth and electronica to their already progressive sound. The album references political rap heroes Public Enemy's "Don't Believe The Hype" on the lead track and samples such artists as Sly and the Family Stone ("Life of Fortune and Fame"), Kool & The Gang ("Jungle Boogie"), The Ohio Players ("Ecstasy"), The Jackson 5 ("All I Do Is Think Of You") and Radiohead ("You and Whose Army?") throughout. Home to the singles "Don't Feel Right" and "In the Music."
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The fourth album by The Roots was recorded at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios and released in 1999. Considered by critics as their breakthrough, Things Fall Apart was the first album of The Roots that exceeded half a million sold units. Spin Magazine called the album a landmark moment for The Roots, as it 'swelled the Roots clique into a movement-style posse'. The Roots at this point employed D'Angelo on keyboards, Erykah Badu on backing vocals and rappers Mos Def, Common and Beanie Siegel also make appearances. The band of charismatic drummer Questlove grew into THE defining Hip Hop band – there is no other, they are simply unmatched, becoming the benchmark.
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Do You Want More?!!!??! is the second studio album by the hip hop band The Roots. It's the band's major label-debut, coming two years after their independent debut album, Organix (1993). Do You Want More?!!!??! is considered by critics as a classic of hip hop jazz. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this title back on blue vinyl for its 20th Anniversary.
When it was announced that the Roots would be Jimmy Fallon's house band when he took over for Conan O'Brien, fans of the legendary Philadelphia crew were worried that would mean the band was over as a recording entity. Drummer ?uestlove put that talk to rest quickly after, announcing that the band was working on their 11th album,entitled How I Got Over. The album features a Joanna Newsom sample and a cameo from My Morning Jacket's Jim James on a reworking of Monster of Folk's "Dear God."
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During the 1990s, the line between jazz and hip-hop had crossed numerous times, leaving the perfect opening for the legendary Philadelphia upstarts The Roots to release their self-produced debut, Organix. The album generated significant enough industry buzz that they were signed to a major-label soon after. Long before one of the greatest live hip-hop groups of all-time was entertaining audiences of thousands on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Organix was the band at its' loosest and most playful, and a pinnacle in the development of the group, which would culminate with their landmark release "Do You Want More?!?." An important part of any fan of The Roots, or funk-inflected rap music in general, featuring the smooth basslines of Leonard Hubbard, the sinuous organ-work of an early Scott Storch, and the jazzy beats and esoteric rhymes of the band's longest-serving members, ?uestlove and Black Thought.
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First official wide release with album art on vinyl for the bands best-selling critically acclaimed album Featuring the "Riot" album cover artwork in gatefold sleeve including liner notes. Double album on audiophile 180 gram vinyl.
...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is the eleventh studio album by American hip hop band The Roots. According to Black Thought, the album is conceptual like the previous one, but unlike Undun, ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin will feature several characters in his story, not just one. The Roots' lead rapper described the forthcoming album as a satirical look at violence in hip hop and American society overall.
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