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Rising Down (Bonus Version)Rising Down available on iTunes

The Roots Rising Down

Hip hop group The Roots released its 10th album this week, Rising Down. The band started out with a more neo-soul vibe, but as Greg points out, over the years The Roots have gotten a lot harder and edgier. Some of the album's songs are downright creepy, and Greg loves ?uestlove's drumming. But he can't go so far as to give it a Buy It. Jim has loved a number of Roots' albums, especially 1999's Things Fall Apart, but he finds their efforts inconsistent. This time around The Roots called in a number of guest stars, but Jim wishes they had stuck to their own members. Rising Down has some good moments, but both critics can only give it a Try It.

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Go to episode 127
Game Theory (Bonus Track Version)Game Theory available on iTunes

The Roots Game Theory

Philadelphia hip-hop group The Roots have an album up for review entitled Game Theory. The rappers and musicians largely changed the way hip-hop was perceived by incorporating live instrumentation and rock-style jams into their recordings and performances. Greg has always been a fan, and loves songs like the dark track "In the Music," but doesn‘t think the record is consistent enough. There’s an entire eight minutes of music dedicated to the recently departed producer J Dilla that he can't really excuse—so he gives it a Burn It. Jim believes Game Theory is the best record the group has done since 1999's Things Fall Apart. He loves the dark tone of the record and emotional content of the lyrics, and doles out a Buy It.

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Go to episode 39
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“The Next Movement”The Roots

This week, it's Greg's turn to take a trip to the desert island jukebox and play a song he can't live without. He celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Roots' album Things Fall Apart by picking "The Next Movement." Greg notes that the late '90s/early 2000s were a golden era for hip hop, combining conscious rappers like Common and Black Thought with singers like Erykah Badu and D'Angelo. This blend is brilliantly on display throughout Things Fall Apart, and particularly on the track“The Next Movement.”Greg highlights lyrics that recognize the significance and rising popularity of black culture, and notes that every track on this record is solid as ever today.

Go to episode 689