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Currently listening to Illadelph Halflife, it's good. They've done a lot. What's the cream of the crop?
It's at least IH's equal, if not a touch better.
Game Theory for the best of their 00s output.
Maybe Do You Want More?! next, but you can't go too wrong after that. They haven't released a bad album.
Things Fall Apart > Phrenology > Game Theory — Do You Want More? — Illadelph Halflife — Rising Down > The Tipping Point > Undun >>> How I Got Over >>>>>> Organix
I'd maybe add one carrot between IH and rising down, but that'd be nitpicking ;)
Ive always rated it a little higher than most people. Its such a different sound for them, a little darker (even darker than Game Theory), less organic, loads of guest verses too, but I think all this kinda works in a weird way? The Roots in pissed mode basically.
Some of the guest spots are great as well; Mos (s/t track), Porn (on I WIll Not Apologize and I Cant Help It) and Truck North (Singing Man).
but I rarely listen now. Maybe I'll crack it out again.
Tbh, apart from Organix, How I Got Over is probably my least favourite of their records too, and even that's pretty solid imo.
is still good, Roots on cruise control is just fine. Pretty impressive that they have stayed as sharp as they have, even with the changing tides within the hip-hop world.
The move to Jimmy Fallon was so perfect.
Wish I could've made The Roots' Picnic this year - Rakim's Paid in Full and De La Soul sets backed by The Roots. That's my shit right there.
to toughen up their sound a little (lol Scott Storch), it worked
^ still love that video
they go back.
They brought him back when he was in his commercial prime to do those two tracks. DIfferent sound completely for them.
I'd put How I Got Over a lot higher tho
I think Undun accomplished a similar sound but did it a little better. Less indie beating. Maybe subtract a carrot or two between those.
absolutely unreal live band.
And I saw them at a corporate thing where they were presumably only only operating at half-power. Staggering musicianship. When they segued into Led Zep's Since I've Been Lovin' You I nearly shat my pants with joy.
Helpful as ever!
is my gym album
must have listened to it twice a week for 6 months or more