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The Roots: How I Got Over

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    To call it "long-awaited" or "eagerly anticipated" would be the understatement of the year - as hip-hop's most daring pioneers the Roots release their 9th studio album (and third for Def Jam Recordings), HOW I GOT OVER. The album, which takes its name from Clara Ward's gospel classic (made popular by Mahalia Jackson), is the Roots' first new release since joining Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for a full time gig as the show's house band.

    Grammy Award winners the Roots characterize the songs on HOW I GOT OVER as "depicting the everyman's search for hope in this dispiriting post-hope zeitgeist".

    The lead single from the Roots new set will be "Dear God 2.0." The track re-imagines the Monsters Of Folk song "Dear God" and features MOF members Yim Yames from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and M. Ward.

    HOW I GOT OVER also includes two appearances from Grammy-winning soul man John Legend: "Doin' It Again" a re-working of his track "Again," and "The Fire," an original song written for the Roots' 2010 Olympic concert performance.

    The Roots and Legend have developed a strong musical bond, as the group has produced John's entire upcoming release Wake Up, which shares the socially conscious themes of the "How I Got Over" set and is comprised of late sixties/early seventies covers.

    Other guests on HIGO include Joanna Newsom on "Right On," Phonte Coleman (Little Brother, The Foreign Exchange), Blu (Blu & Exile), Peedi Peedi , Mercedes Martinez, Icelandic alt-pop singer Patty Crash, newcomer Sugar Tongue Slim as well as long time Roots' Crew members Dice Raw, Truck North and P.O.R.N.

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    1. A Peace Of Light (Intro)
    featuring Amber Coffman (of Dirty Projectors); Angel Deradoorian; Haley Dekle
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); Ray Angry
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    2. Walk Alone
    featuring Truck North; P.O.R.N.; Dice Raw (of The Roots)
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); Jeremy Grenhart; Dice Raw
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    3. Dear God 2.0
    featuring Monsters Of Folk
    Producer: Questlove (of The Roots)
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    4. Radio Daze
    featuring Blu; P.O.R.N.; Dice Raw (of The Roots)
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); Jeremy Grenhart; Dice Raw
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    5. Now Or Never
    featuring Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange); Dice Raw (of The Roots)
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); Jeremy Grenhart; Dice Raw
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    6. How I Got Over
    featuring Dice Raw (of The Roots)
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); Dice Raw; Jeremy Grenhart
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    7. DillaTude: The Flight Of Titus
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); Ray Angry
    8. The Day
    featuring Blu; Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange); Patty Crash
    Producers: Roots; Richard Nichols
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    9. Right On
    featuring Joanna Newsom; STS
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); Alectrick.kom
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    10. Doin' It Again
    Producer: Questlove (of The Roots)
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    11. The Fire
    featuring John Legend
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); Dice Raw; Richard Nichols
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    12. Tunnel Vision (Interlude)
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); Ray Angry
    13. Web 20/20
    featuring Peedi Peedi; Truck North
    Producer: Questlove (of The Roots)
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    14. Hustla (Bonus)
    featuring STS
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); Diplo
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    Total Comments: 153
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/20/2015 6:44:00 PM; Partial IP: 163.34.123)
    Location: NC
    Comment: I was rockin' this hard when it came out 5 years ago (can't believe its been that long!) but I've recently revisited this album after not listening to it about two or so years. It still stands as my personal favorite Roots album, which is very difficult to say because they have so many classics. Although this album is filled with guests (;most the recurring ones that seemed to be carefully selected), I feel that they only contribute to the album and not take anything away from BT. I think the inclusion of Phonte and Blu on this album was very timely. If I had to pick three favorite songs I'd choose 'The Day' &'Now or Never' and 'Doin It Again'. One negative thing about this album is the inclusion of the last two songs...they don't really fit, especially 'Hustla'. 4.5/5 in my book.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/17/2013 5:31:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az/ hell
    Comment: I like this. Dope deep lyrics, over tight beats. What more can u ask for?
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/24/2012 5:40:00 PM; Partial IP: 142.168.27)
    Location: your hood
    Comment: This album has to be the most consitent album in hip hop, the last two songs though aren't that good but its the Roots they never disapoint and major props to them since they make their own music unlike many hip hop producers using too many samples. Great album.
    Name: (Posted: 2/6/2012 6:57:00 PM; Partial IP: .66.200.49)
    Location: sunny SAN DIEGO! ^.^
    Comment: this album is cool(:
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/21/2011 5:48:00 PM; Partial IP: .96.172.65)
    Location: UK
    Comment: Black Thought is a BEAST!!!! Guy is top 10 MC's all day every day. Another amazing album from the roots, showing more growth, maturity and creativity than 9-out-of-10 rappers could only dream of. Recognise or FUCK OFF like LARS
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/12/2011 4:47:00 PM; Partial IP: .145.62.81)
    Location: Calgary alberta canada
    Comment: Don't listen to LArs bumps puff daddy records, I never seen him review really good ablums that don't get hype like early adopted - lets be honest, infinito 2017... all he reviews are garbage cuz he dosen't get into any good udnerground groups
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/27/2010 11:56:00 PM; Partial IP: .222.0.142)
    Location: Tampa
    Comment: Best album of 2010!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/21/2010 12:33:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Newport News. VA
    Comment: This and gas mask for best of 2010. Loving the soulful sound
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/20/2010 9:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 126.48.110)
    Location: Angeles
    Comment: Lars, The Aloe Blacc Album does sound good....Good Call.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/19/2010 4:09:00 AM; Partial IP: .123.250.3)
    Location: sk
    Comment: It's a masterpiece.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/18/2010 6:10:00 PM; Partial IP: .90.123.92)
    Location: oakland ,ca
    Comment: album is dope not one of the best but dope enough for me I can give a fuck what a bitch like lars think tell mom dukes she will have another climax when she gets on top cabin boy lars
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/17/2010 6:10:00 PM; Partial IP: .25.167.83)
    Location: Milwaukee, WI
    Comment: This Album is Crazy Good. the music, the lyrics...People in the hood need to listen to this Album and learn a thing or too...This is we get over.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/16/2010 1:00:00 AM; Partial IP: 00.140.231)
    Location: tacoma, wa
    Comment: solid album, the roots do it again!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/12/2010 11:43:00 AM; Partial IP: .19.185.58)
    Location: WV
    Comment: So far, this is my album of the year. Solid all the way through and well-crafted.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/11/2010 3:40:00 PM; Partial IP: 183.26.162)
    Location: T Dot
    Comment: First Roots album I felt since Things fall Apart. They finally brought the soul back and left the experimentation home that plagued their last few albums. Besides the last 2 cuts taking a little dip, this is fresh thru and thru, check it out.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/6/2010 4:44:00 PM; Partial IP: 69.133.119)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: Hey yo "B" from South Africa, you are right... "Peedi Peedi" is the same "Peedi Crakk" from Beanie Sigel's State Property... That's what happens here in the states if the mainstream doesn't "approve" of your rap name... That make you change it up, or you get blackballed from the industry. It's the same reason Tity Boi changed his name to T-Boi, and why Killer Mike is being blackballed because he REFUSED to change his... You got two choices, either get down or lay down... P.S. CONGRATULATIONS to The Roots for a successful album!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/6/2010 7:59:00 AM; Partial IP: .72.100.36)
    Location: Stockholm, Sweden
    Comment: Pretty solid album, got a few up's and downs but all in all a cohesive effort. Takes it back to Do you want more in a way, with the same organic sound that differs from their recent stuff. I dig how you can here the crispness of Questlove's drumming, can't get that from spinning a fruity loop! Not as progressive perhaps but pleasing to the ear. Nice summer music with a smooth blend between each track. Black Thought sharp as always lyric wise and brings back the spontaneity in his flow as well. Good shit!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/4/2010 10:41:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: South AFRICA
    Comment: Perfect, who's the cat called Peedi Peedi, is he the same dude called Peedi crack? Nice flow from him on that Web 20/20 track and North was blazing too. Lars try Cannibal Ox, I just hope you smoke weed cause won't get that shit unless u do.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/3/2010 8:09:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockholm, sweden
    Comment: I cannot name five top albums because there aren't 5 "good" albums to speak on. Most albums I have in rotation are over 5 years old! Music sucks now! There maybe some indy acts that are good that I am unaware of, but finding them is like looking for a needle in a haystack! At this stage of my life, I don't not have the time or paitence to dig online for hot acts. I must say however, that I am looking forward to Aloe Blacc.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 2:42:00 AM; Partial IP: 11.208.114)
    Location: Angeles
    Comment: Lars, I am curious....what are the top 5 artist/albums in rotation for you right now from around the world?
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/21/2010 9:31:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockholm, sweden
    Comment: If you love the Roots then you will love this album. If you don't like the Roots then you will hate this album. Basically, it is just another Roots album which all sound the same to me. It is what it is. Not for me.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/19/2010 5:19:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: lv
    Comment: This album is definitly one of the best out in my opinion, Levae it to the roots to keep it real and not convert to the whack auto tune sh^%. If you like poetic hip hip with a jazz feel, definilty cop this.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/19/2010 11:59:00 AM; Partial IP: 254.137.85)
    Location: your moms bed
    Comment: If you dont like what I like then your not real hiphop, how the fuck does that sound..? When opinions and personal preferences are called hating...? Whos the real hater..? The one who is against free choice..? Or the one displaying his free choice..? Wake up people, the GOV has got you all in check (in the mind), just like they planned.... The only bad thing about this album is on track 8. Some wack sounding kid with a scratchy voice is fucking up the whole rotation, its like they had the kid smoke 20 wood tipped black n milds and then went to record a session...? Why..? This is funnier than shit!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/16/2010 7:40:00 AM; Partial IP: .19.147.65)
    Location: Boston
    Comment: Really good, dont have to skip any tracks. Best Roots since Things Fall Apart
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/9/2010 10:23:00 AM; Partial IP: 11.208.114)
    Location: Angeles
    Comment: Dope Album...Some of the hooks sound like Producer, Kno (his style of making hooks with beat) but overall this is the album for summer where you dont have to skip any tracks...
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/6/2010 2:25:00 PM; Partial IP: 54.167.138)
    Location: prov-0-dense
    Comment: very nice album. although I do like "things fall apart" better. but this is another nice installment in the roots arsenal. I personally think that they are always consistant with their music and black thought is probably one the nicest lyricists alive. if you like this album and what the roots represent, then one luv people but if your here hating , then you truly dont know music. what up AC and Megan foxxx, my people up in here!!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/4/2010 10:05:00 PM; Partial IP: .161.48.71)
    Location: Cali
    Comment: Sell out? STFU... If its good music then its good music.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/3/2010 1:18:00 AM; Partial IP: 17.211.206)
    Location: SanDiego, CA. ALL DAY
    Comment: THE ROOTS ARE HIP-HOP. If you don't feel this then you just don't get HIP-HOP period.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/2/2010 2:18:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Sweden
    Comment: 1. Commenting on the album when you haven't heard it is lame 2. Acting like your opinion on music is a fact of life is even worse.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/2/2010 3:47:00 AM; Partial IP: 28.239.207)
    Location: Mozambike, Maputo
    Comment: Este é um classico, tendo em conta que a Banda vinha lançando cagadas. They Rise up now
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/1/2010 12:59:00 PM; Partial IP: 40.179.179)
    Location: Ansbach
    Comment: I will have to agree with "BLU" on this one. The Roots are amazing. This album is one of their best releases in recent history. Groups change and evolve. Everyone that wants to hear the first 3 Roots albums should just dig in their collection and listen to the oldies. Musically, the music is incredible. Lyrically...Do we even need to doubt Black Thought?? Think Not. The Collabs are dope. It gives the album some new freshness. To top it all off...Have you f'n seen them live???? Besides Jimmy Fallon?? Nuff Said.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/30/2010 5:36:00 PM; Partial IP: 142.63.228)
    Location: Jennifer's Body
    Comment: liked rising down and game theory way better than this as far as their "new sound" goes, nothing will top Do You Want More?!!?? doing a track with john legend is selling out in my eyese for the Roots, although they are Jimmy Fallon's houseband, now that's selling out
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/30/2010 3:54:00 PM; Partial IP: 49.158.252)
    Location: PLYMOUTH
    Comment: Been a fan from day one and for me this release doesn't dissapoint. TRUE HIPHOP FAN: R&B vocal hooks have always been an integral part of the Roots sound through tracks like 'Silent Treatment' from the 2nd LP and 'Hypnotic' feat D'Angelo on 'Illadelph' amongst others I could list. Much luv to the Roots!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/29/2010 8:09:00 PM; Partial IP: .126.36.32)
    Location: fairfield
    Comment: the roots, have been legit and always been legit. they havent feell off, but changed thier style a lil bit. thier not hardcore, like that faggot necro, but thier not like that stuff they call rap. they have thier own style, whicich make them the best rap group out thier, no matter what ur opinion is
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/29/2010 5:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 143.27.250)
    Location: Louisville, KY
    Comment: Ahh, The Roots. So easily, they could have done so many trendy things, like so many are doing. For instance, they Could have went the dirty-sounding dubstep route (and made it work). But, leave it to The Roots to buck the trends and resist the status quo. To me this album was almost a time machine, sounded like an old school Herbie Hancock album, ultra classy, and ultra dope. This seemed to be The Roots showcasing the The Roots Crew Band, maybe because lately, that part of the group is responsible for "How They Got Over". No matter what, this like every one of their projects, is totally different from their previous projects, but more importantly, sets trends, not follows them. MAD PROPS!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/29/2010 5:15:00 PM; Partial IP: .15.183.59)
    Location: Chicago
    Comment: You got took look at what time we are in now, nothing but auto-tune type shit, "2010 is different than 95" and for the roots to put out an album like this is much appreciated shit is hot. all you chumps saying this aint real hip hop I dare you to compare 10 albums out right now To 10 classics back in the day, it just wont happen. If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. real shit out. EITHER LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT ALONE.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/29/2010 11:06:00 AM; Partial IP: .125.176.3)
    Location: bmore
    Comment: Go Jimmy Fallon!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/29/2010 7:35:00 AM; Partial IP: .116.73.65)
    Location: Norway
    Comment: this is real music with real soul, black thought is one of the best mcees inn the game, hands down!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/29/2010 12:53:00 AM; Partial IP: 89.117.157)
    Location: USA
    Comment: Its the Roots, what else do you expect besides another classic?!! Great job on all fronts on this piece.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/29/2010 12:34:00 AM; Partial IP: 29.154.248)
    Location: Kenosha, WI
    Comment: @ TRUE HIPHOP FAN If those are the three worst albums you ever heard than you must like a bunch of shit. Come on man, that is mental. Don't really care about the Roots anymore but heard a song or two that sounded okay but nothing like them in the 90's.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/28/2010 6:00:00 PM; Partial IP: 230.52.251)
    Location: DM
    Comment: Ima true hip-hop fan too bud and I dig the album. It's just a more mature sound that your ears havnt heard before. Roots have another classic under there belts.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 6/28/2010 4:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 33.113.195)
    Comment: This is the worst album I have heard since GhostFace "Ghostdini-Wizard of Poetry" and Jay-Z "Blueprint 3" and it belongs with them as hands down three of the worst albums in HIPHOP history.I am so glad My roomate bought this and I didn't but don't worry he is taking it back.Don't waste Your money get the VINNY PAZ or REEF or DIABOLIC or NECRO or SADAT X or COLD HEAT or MADLIB if you want some of this years best HIPHOP albums. But Buy the ROOTS if you want R&B "RAP AND BULLSHIT". The ROOTS Fell off and sold out after "ILLADELPH HALFLIFE" and I will never buy a ROOTS ALBUM again and any of these CLOWNS Reveiwing this and Calling it HIPHOP or CLASSIC have no Idea what HIPHOP IS PERIOD.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/28/2010 6:46:00 AM; Partial IP: 87.215.187)
    Location: Germany
    Comment: This is hip hop in its purest form.Respect to the roots,really feeling this.Classic Material!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/27/2010 5:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 210.141.98)
    Location: PK NY
    Comment: solid album, not really feelin all the featured artists, but some good chill out music on the real
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/26/2010 8:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 68.147.200)
    Location: dA bUrG, FL
    Comment: Lars is probaly some old white fat man with glasses and wishes he could fuck Drake & Lil Wayne at the same time with Birdman watching!!! Now seriously what's wrong with this album nothing! So why would Lars diss this album?? Why cuz he is in love with Drake n Lil Wayne
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/26/2010 7:34:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: L.E.S
    Comment: classic, nuff said
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/26/2010 3:18:00 PM; Partial IP: .226.80.63)
    Location: Everywhere
    Comment: 5 stars, if you don't like hip-hop you won't like this cd...nuff said
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/25/2010 6:57:00 PM; Partial IP: .28.41.227)
    Location: Reno
    Comment: Pretty solid.. #4 is amazing!. THE ROOTS are good live. Black Thought is a character thats for sure, dope entertainment w/ smooth sounds and ?uest unreal on the drums..
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/24/2010 3:47:00 PM; Partial IP: 106.115.32)
    Location: dA BurG FL
    Comment: This album is their best one since All things fall apart. This album just flows perfectly. All the beats blend in together perfect. Anybody hating on this album don't know shit about The Roots or music. No disrespect to UGHH but I found this album for $7.99 and I jumped on it. I would've paid $14.99 for this album. Its just pure dopenest!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/24/2010 1:14:00 AM; Partial IP: 62.143.142)
    Location: Dont triip
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/23/2010 11:04:00 PM; Partial IP: 46.114.238)
    Location: somewhere....
    Comment: Yet again the Roots are contenders for album of the year! Every track is amazing! Only downgrade I can give it is the fact that B.T's flows are limited on the LP, but the featured artists held it down and but forth a nice collaborative effort! Can't wait to see them live on the 27th!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/23/2010 7:27:00 PM; Partial IP: 12.212.115)
    Location: Indpls In
    Comment: Just copped the album and loving every minute of it. This shit is a definetely a head nodder headz gotta cop this joint!
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/23/2010 7:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 30.165.120)
    Location: Hollydale!
    Comment: The beats are dope! I didn't really like the featured performers though! Should've been a straight Roots album with only Black Thought emceeing!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/23/2010 1:43:00 PM; Partial IP: 15.146.254)
    Location: Maine
    Comment: dope, dope, dope. The album starts off a little slow and does have some slightly out of place songs at the end but overall this is one of the best releases this year. Smooth vibes, great features, this is music for grown folks plain and simple.(Blu, Phonte and Black Thought..what more do you need?)
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/23/2010 12:29:00 PM; Partial IP: .168.169.4)
    Location: raleigh, nc
    Comment: shyt is hot as fuck yo hot mane my dick hard right now!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/22/2010 11:06:00 PM; Partial IP: .160.15.68)
    Location: Seattle, WA
    Comment: The Roots never fail to release impressive music.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/22/2010 10:10:00 PM; Partial IP: .82.40.167)
    Location: PA Native
    Comment: This is nutrition for the soul, Fam. If you've given this a low rating, then you've been eating fast food too long.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/22/2010 9:14:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Sactown, CA
    Comment: OK... Its the Roots. You got to love the instrumentals. ?uestlove is still doin his thing. Did I expect the best lyrics? No. Did I expect a classic? No. Did I expect some nice tracks from the Roots? Yes, and thats what I got. Radio Daze is a reall nice track. I can dig it. And thats from a real hip-hop fan.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/22/2010 8:27:00 PM; Partial IP: 86.158.136)
    Location: london
    Comment: classic music. if you ain't giving this 5 stars. Eat a d*ck
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 6/22/2010 1:33:00 PM; Partial IP: 88.178.104)
    Location: USA
    Comment: This shit is awful! Man the Roots keep getting worse with every album released. They went to crap after Illadelph Halflife. Weak R&B hooks, boring instrumentals, overall horrible. Why the hell is Black Thought singing? These guys were on NickTV for damn kids the other day! WTF!?! I don't know what this shit is, but it sure as hell isn't hip-hop. Toss this, Game Theory, Phrenology, Tipping Point. How do you go from Black Thought on Pun's first album to this weak shit? Don't waste your hard-earned cash. Trust me.....been a real hip-hop fan for a long time.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/22/2010 4:09:00 AM; Partial IP: 69.133.119)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: See LARS, you my boy, but now you are treading in "hater territory"... You say you ain't heard it yet and you are quick to give it 1 star! Really? C'mon son! You ain't even gotta download it to tell that this is a HUGE step up from the Rising Down album. I'll recommend just 3 tracks to ya, and for any other doubters too... Tracks 9, 10, and 11 back-to-back ("Right On", "Doin' It Again", and "The Fire") Them 3 tracks played back-to-back are simply UNDENIABLE!!! I can say there are very few MC's in the game - old school, new school, underground, mainstream, whatever - that are touching that kind of level of movement...
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/22/2010 2:29:00 AM; Partial IP: 93.130.136)
    Location: LA
    Comment: The Roots are back can we all say or can we say they never left and lars your such a fucking pussy trying to defend your little kiddie ass against true hip hop lovers your on the wrong site my man
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/21/2010 6:16:00 PM; Partial IP: .12.76.214)
    Location: cdn
    Comment: Wow! Been along time since an album had that sorta sonic chill out vibe, and emcee features are all quality cats, but the two last tracks seem grossly out of place on this album
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/21/2010 5:29:00 PM; Partial IP: .60.100.62)
    Location: SoCal
    Comment: LARS needs to go fuck a moose in sweden and release her haterism.. I admit that the J. Fallon show is garbage but the same can be said about your comments!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/21/2010 5:02:00 PM; Partial IP: 71.176.190)
    Location: bmore
    Comment: music is music if you dont like it dont cry about it like a lil bitch, the roots are classic bottom line get with it or get the fuck out son.!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/21/2010 12:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 27.175.138)
    Location: Earth , NY
    Comment: hot album !!! love it..
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 6/21/2010 9:10:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockholm, sweden
    Comment: Fuck u too, " E on my D from L-ville"...I have not heard this yet but I will rapid_s or mega_up it and come back to tell u if it is worth buying. Probably not.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/20/2010 8:06:00 PM; Partial IP: 57.170.230)
    Location: S-City, Germany
    Comment: Ok, this is hard to say but I m a bit disappointed. Fo real - but why 4 stars then? There are really great songs on this but its not the instant classic I supposed it would be after listening to Dear God, How I got over and The Fire. There is just not enough creativity and versatility in the music. Its too straight, could ve been done with Fruity. For most beats on this album, even the cool ones, you wouldnt need a full band to come up with this. Why not include more bridges, beat or melody changes, even soli in it? This could have been the best album in 2010 or even in years but they didnt manage to stretch out to their full potential. Also there are too many features by lacking MCs like Truck North, STS and Porn (what a stupid ass name). So, despite being a good album and I ll buy it - its still a disappointment in my ears.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/20/2010 5:34:00 AM; Partial IP: 69.133.119)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: Now see... That's what the fuck I'm talkin about! Underground soul in it's finest... In fact, ya boy J-Aura called it WAY BACK earlier on this very page... Scroll back to 10/28/2009... Near the end I said, (and I quote) "I think overall, for this studio album, they should trim out the 'unnecessary' and hit hard with both the word and sound." And I be damned if that ain't EXACTLY what they did here! So much so, that it's really hard to call any slump song on the tracklist. Their last album, Rising Down, was like 2-3 stars to me. It was ineffective due to the stale production and the unclear audio that failed to match the eerie somber moods. But THIS ALBUM!!! woooooo... Some powerful shit here. Of course, check it out for yourself and then decide... But I gotta take time to highlight the beat KING ?uestlove throughout the entire album, particularly "Dear God 2.0", "Doin' It Again", "Hustla", and the title track "How I Got Over" (which is actually much MUCH older than the other tracks, but it goes HARD nevertheless...) Big ups to the fluid lyrical delivery by Black Thought and all MC's featured. I see you Peedi Crakk!!! The streets been waitin for your return! It even has some sweet "icing on the cake" with the beautiful intro "A Peace Of Light", funky experimental interlude beats, and smooth background vocals from John Legend and others. I'll admit I've liked a lot of the new albums of 2010, but this one is EASILY pushing to the top of my ranks...
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/19/2010 1:46:00 PM; Partial IP: .173.90.81)
    Location: NYC
    Comment: Great album...COP IT!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/18/2010 10:53:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: NH
    Comment: All these new mc's coming out with singing infused into their tracks should take a lesson from this one. This is how it's properly done! The production is great, loses a little steam on the last couple tracks but 1-12 are phenomenal! very impressed. I still miss Malik B, but I have absolutely no complaint with this one!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/18/2010 4:46:00 PM; Partial IP: 30.109.111)
    Location: la,ca
    Comment: This album is fucking DOPE!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/17/2010 4:45:00 PM; Partial IP: 98.105.202)
    Location: Where im at
    Comment: some hating ass people in here...i guess its against the rules for artists to evolve/change. this goes throughout all the daam comments on the ol' school artists in here, I mean as individuals we dont change/evolve right? Real story, like I was I was playin this, this record For a friend of mine y'knahmsayin we was just chillin I was just playin her the album and like She was like, "Yo I love the record, record is incredible But y'know something's different Y'knahmsayin somethin it just ain't the same" I said n*gga that's the point~! come on yall...times change, people change...change/variety is good
    Name: (Posted: 6/15/2010 7:45:00 AM; Partial IP: 36.232.237)
    Location: Louisville, KY
    Comment: Good Times...Youm meant Great Times. I love a healthy debate, intelligent, open-minded folks always do (which can lead to a tangent/rant from time to time). Anyway, mad love to ya, because you are here for the same thing many of us are....The anticipation ofr greatness son. Whether we agree on specifics matters not, the important shit, though, we seem rather unified in both our ideologies and motivations. Translation - You have taken hip hop, and it's implementation in your life to a nerdy level. My life is better for it, for sure. All Hail the Mighty Roots Crew, their fans, and all those using their lives to positively impact others.
    Name: (Posted: 6/14/2010 5:34:00 AM; Partial IP: 69.133.119)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: YEEEAAAAAHHH BUDDY!!! It's about damn time! In fact, I was headed to work THIS morning, down Wilshire Blvd and I saw the posters posted up everywhere... Standing ovation for the impact of music made by The Roots over the years. Lookin forward to hearing the guest appearances on this album... of course Dice Raw, but also Phonte, Peedi Crakk, Truck North, Blu, and John Legend... I just hope the overall production value bumps harder than Rising Down... What up E-to-the-D!, we had a thorough azz discussion earlier on this jant, it seems so long ago. Even though we both agreed on Black Thought's superior lyricism, we went out on a tangent... Goin back and forth about life, Hip-Hop, and politics... Ah, good times.
    Name: (Posted: 6/10/2010 3:55:00 PM; Partial IP: .168.169.4)
    Location: raleigh, nc
    Comment: da fuck outta here mane!!!!!!
    Name: (Posted: 6/4/2010 6:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 36.232.237)
    Location: Louisville, KY
    Comment: GOD DAMN, this string still exists?!?! Look at the date of my last verbal assault of Lars, that was back in November yo, when I was begging for the picture disc (which is a dope ass track). All I have done since I last checked in, is resolidify my opinion. That opinion is, "The Roots are 'The Total Package', and will go down as the most influential, as well as innovative artists of our time. Fuck minimilizing their dominance by saying "hip hop artists", These guys are too good to be painted into a corner by knitpicking, bullshit ass critics. I literally have been hyped since '09 for this one, to let them once again, use my brain as silly putty, reshaping my ideas on what dope music REALLY is....Just for good measure - Fuck Lars.
    Name: (Posted: 6/4/2010 3:20:00 PM; Partial IP: 53.135.132)
    Location: SUFLAND VA
    Comment: Peace. Listen to u all.. just keep on helping the industry kill the culture/art with your lack of uplifting comments. Can somebody comments just spk on the elements of hiphop that is being represented/released on any MC/DJ/Producer album. Yall sounding like the non-educated A&R's who dont know anything about the culture/art but having clueless debates/arguments on the beats & rhymes. Can u think & share opions with substance about hiphop or maybe u should SIT DOWN AND BE QUITE! If not, continue on poisioning the bedrock of the culture until it dies. Be easy -Beats&Rhymes
    Name: (Posted: 6/3/2010 3:32:00 PM; Partial IP: 59.158.254)
    Location: milwaukee
    Comment: "Yeah ya'll, ideal for a lyrical perfectionist/ Raw, that's what every soldier in my collective is/ Thought, control level is that of a gold medalist/ My level headedness make it come off so effortless/ The rebel is a opposite extreme of devilish/ Back setting it with the answer to your deficit/ My track record is hot shit, consecutive/ Smug, I got game just like a record executive/ A kiss to the feminine girls loving a gentlemen/ A genius slash gangsta with a skill for swindling/ Bet on Black/ Bet these cats that's all gelatin/ Will fall back spittin' them raps that's unintelligent/ Raps that cap, rabid rattlin' out the gattlin'/ Crippling rhymes whistlin' past, blow you back in/ Smellin' your blood now I'm huntin'/ Blowin' your front in for frontin' what up cousin?/ Oh, now it's nothin'/ Yo, you can't go beyond a point of no returning/ I flip like my name Turner/ That's for certain n*gga/ Ted Turner, Nat Turner, n*gga Ike Turner/ The raw sojourner for truth/ The mic burner" Lars, I just dont see how you can argue that Black isnt a beast...he rarely slurs or blurs as you put it...He is raw...He has cant deny it. I can see how you say he and Talib can be wordy, but for real sometimes you need to be word to get a point across. have you ever read a biology/chemistry/physics book? you just cant be technical and precise all the time to express the true meaning of a statement. I think you might need to freshen up your Roots knowledge man...give em another listen. I know I had to before I started to actually appreciate what they collectively do for hip hop...and if you need to talk about Black Thought, listen to The Tipping Point...its def his best work as an emcee.
    Name: (Posted: 6/2/2010 7:29:00 PM; Partial IP: 160.22.226)
    Location: Wichita Falls, TX
    Comment: yeah LPAC, Malik B was definitely nice. I always wanted to hear more from him but Black Thought has more skill imo. I think Malik B's flow just stood out more. But as far as the Roots not dropping anything good since Things Fall Apart. IMO thats laughable bro. Tipping Point I really didnt feel to much but everything else is straight fiyaaa!!!
    Name: (Posted: 6/1/2010 10:58:00 PM; Partial IP: .82.40.167)
    Location: PA Native
    Comment: Are you serious? Go relisten to everything since "Things Fall Apart" because it sounds like your connection to the music has...
    Name: (Posted: 5/30/2010 6:41:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: UK
    Comment: The Roots havent dropped a decent album since Things fall apart, after that Malik B left and shit was never the same, they need to do Illadelph halflife 2
    Name: (Posted: 5/26/2010 4:36:00 PM; Partial IP: .53.196.38)
    Location: Amsterdam
    Comment: Now Its Official, only bitches talk Shit Like all yáll...
    Name: (Posted: 4/24/2010 11:56:00 PM; Partial IP: 20.174.235)
    Location: Philadelphia
    Comment: Black thought - top five. A lyricist who also conveys powerful messages. Music you can feel. Lyrics that pack a punch with substance - on time with a merging of metaphors, viscious wordplay and rhyme and reality. Real rhyme time - original, emphatic and not watered-down. It is straight disrespectful to refer to the roots as only a back up band. Black thought and the roots crew get my love - no further explanation necessary. Roots compared to Outkast - stop it. Hip Hop is not weighted solely on rhyme-scheme; what about the message? I'm not perfect and don't have the right to judge the next man's perspective , but the Roots are the complete package. In the words of the Blastmaster, they "carry the torch." I happen to be one who values the Roots' light. Love the new single and eagerly anticipate the album. I don't expect anyone to change their opinion, but I won't view hasty, inaccurate generalizations without expressing my voice.
    Name: (Posted: 4/5/2010 2:07:00 PM; Partial IP: 69.133.119)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: Fuck. I wonder what the deal is... You know that video for the title song "How I Got Over" was released back in like June 2009... It is now April 2010, and we ain't even got a release date or a tracklist... C'mon son!
    Name: (Posted: 4/4/2010 10:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 141.89.204)
    Location: your mind
    Comment: this release date is bullshit - its still unknown. ??????
    Name: (Posted: 3/23/2010 8:19:00 PM; Partial IP: 69.133.119)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: Bout damn time they set a date for this. This is long overdue! Next step is to get some snippets up here...
    Name: (Posted: 3/9/2010 7:51:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockholm, sweden
    Comment: Let's hear it for Jimmy Fallon's backing band/minstrel show...."HORRRRRRRRRAYYYYYYYYYYYYY"!
    Name: (Posted: 3/8/2010 3:52:00 PM; Partial IP: .8.248.254)
    Location: UK
    Comment: Ive always thought Malik B was a better mc than Black thought! What happened to him?? Anyone who disagrees needs to check illadelph halflife album as Malik B is an beast on the mic on that one
    Name: (Posted: 3/6/2010 12:29:00 AM; Partial IP: 31.135.200)
    Location: St Paul
    Comment: All of yall disgust me, this is about the greatest hip hop band of all time. Everyone is entitled to there own opinion of what real hip hop is. I cannot change the next mans truth. I love hip hop and I love the roots, buy this album and support this group. You know its going to be dope, you know that shit. Mojo out.
    Name: (Posted: 11/18/2009 12:45:00 AM; Partial IP: .87.105.50)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: First off, I hustled in my PAST days, E TO THE D. "Past" was the key word, hence the status of my location. It's something I'm proud of and I do not live with regrets. Second, you don't have to be 15 or younger, or have a "15-or-younger" mindset, to relate to Bone Thugs, or Snoop, or Luda. And likewise, you don't have to be smart or educated to listen to Pharoahe Monch, Chali 2na, Talib, or Black Thought. You forgot I was DEFENDING Black Thought as an MC, so you can go ahead and throw that "we're not on the same level playin field" on out the door. Each one of those tracks you listed are special in their own light and do not shame what is Hip-Hop today. You are entitled to your own opinion, but claiming that Bone is on a "lower level" because of the gang-bangin subject matter is the outside-looking-in. You never denied it when I said that your review of "First of the Month" reflected the conservative mindset, or the Republican voice. I'm not tryin to insult you, but if that's the case, then you just won't get it. All I'm sayin is that unless you have NEVER EVER taken a sip of alcohol in your life, then you cannot throw stones at an artist who talks about "gettin fucked up", period. No, that's not all life's about, but it doesn't make your music ignorant for mentioning it. Same thing goes for gang life and prison life, because you have to understand the many MANY factors, outside of ignorance, that cause a person to experience a life of crime. Single-parent father-less homes, apathetic teachers in school system, low wages due to the Reaganomic Theory, simple peer pressure - there are so many factors besides "ignorant Hip-Hop images" that can make a person a product of their environment. All that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony did was reflect their life through their music, and they did it very well. Take it however you want...
    Name: (Posted: 11/13/2009 4:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 33.147.249)
    Location: Louisville, KY
    Comment: Yo' J-Aura, don't come at me with the individual branches of Hip Hop, and use Bone as your examples of emcees. YEAH, I remember Crossroads by Bone. The one of many "I miss my dead homies who are dead because they chose to use the prime of their life to gang-bang" tracks. From Master P, to South Central Cartel, everybody in those days was poorin out a 40 for somebody. I also remember One Day by UGK, I Got 5 On It by The Luniz, It's Goin' Down by Celly Cel, Here I Go by Mystikal, Damn it Feels Good to be Gangsta bt The Geto Boys, Regulate by Warren G, Let Me Ride by Dr. Dre, and Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg having major time in my cd player's rotation too....BUT maybe since I am not 15 anymore, my idea of what hip-hop is has changed with time. All of the afore mentioned tracks are only about gettin fucked up, prison, drive-bys, small-minded activities. As far as your mid-nineties "gang-bangin', set-reppin', pants-saggin', drug slangin' rap goes.....The Roots from a similar time said "Never Do What They Do". Being from Europe or Louisville has nothing to do with how serious you take your Hip-Hop, and I am not here to define hip hop to you. Instead, I am just here giving MY opinion, which I still feel is unargueable, even if you were on a level playing field, but when you are armed with people like Mobb Deep, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Snoop Dogg, and Luda up against my Pharoahe Monch, Chali 2NA, Talib Kweli, and Black Thought, it's no wonder I approach your ideas as being on a lower level......THEY ARE. But it's not too late for a little mental expansion after ya'll get done hustlin up yo papers. Get By by Talib Kweli really sums it all up.....You should do what you gotta do, but if your list always only consists of slangin and bangin, getting by is the best case scenario for you, when Talib lets you know, you only get by so eventually you can make something of yourself....It's common sense. "Lil half-dead muthafuckas"
    Name: (Posted: 11/11/2009 9:19:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Me either...but if someone like this dude tries to play like he is so above everything....I need to let them know that just because I am from Europe, dose not mean I cannot relate nor am I excuse me as I chow on some fried catfish & cheese grits...LOL
    Name: (Posted: 11/11/2009 8:30:00 AM; Partial IP: 87.110.187)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: Hey, ain't nothin wrong wit a lil pigs' feet and chit'lins... I love it...
    Name: (Posted: 11/10/2009 9:50:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Now, now "E to the D"...who do you think you are DEFINING what hip hop is?? Your living in Louisville is no better than living in Sweden in terms of defining anything when it comes to hip hop. I can't believe you found time in between eating chitterlings, grits and squirrel gravy, or fried rabbit, stewed raccon, pig's feet or chicken feet soup to come back and spew this stupidity!! I never said Black Thought was "wack". I said I did not like his style and I gave my reasons for it. But apparently, I am not allowed to have my OWN opinion in YOUR world. It is folks like you that are from the conservative south that want things "your own way". A difference in opinion scares the hell out of you dosen't it?? If you felt Black Thought's VERSE on the BET awards was the hottest..then good for you. How you cannot tell that EVERYONE on the BET awards verses were pre written is beyond me (except KRS..he tried to freestyle with some success even though overrall it was a so-so performance). How do you even mention lazy azz Mos Def who decided to not only skip freestyling but instead Mos recycled his verse. It was from "Brooklyn Go Hard." Which to me doesn't make it seem like he even wanted to try. Black Thought HAS sold out to a certain degree by being on late night tv as a back band. (Yeah he gets major props for that one, eh?). Now Eminem dropped an ill, ill verse...peep game: Like a dope fiend,opening up a bottle of Dopamine, he goes to get the rope to your throat he can choke anything. Oh and just think, how dope he could be if he smoked anything, Oh, there goes the bell, the sound of the opening ding. I hit you as hard as barbiturates in the ribs with a switch, and stitch you at the same time before you can flinch to it. My dick is so big if I add another inch to it, You would swear when I rape you that you were actually into it. I'm not a baller but you can bet your ****in bottom dollar, that I remember when I was without a dollar bill in my wallet. Now watch me kill a koala, while I maul a chihuahua, bum a pill off of Paula like let me holla at you mama. It's like I'm off the ba-ba when I bring the ****in drama, I used to bomb ya like Saddam but now that I'm a little calmer. I'm a ****in cross between Osama, Dahmer, Obama, and Dalai Lama, ,told Miley I'm a knight in shining armor. Mail a gift to Taylor Swift's trailer, a picture of my genitalia, with a note sayin bitch I can't wait to nail ya. Drug paraphernalia, beware the werewolf will kill ya, that's him in his sheep's clothes he just shaved his hair off, Cecilia. (E to the D: GO CRAWL BACK INTO YOUR BASEMENT APT IN YO MAMMA'S HOUSE AND DROWN YOUR SELF IN A JAR OF PICKLED PIG FEET! I AM SO TIRED YOU COMING HERE AND TELLING ME WHAT HIP HOP IS OR RIPPING FOR NOT LIKING BLACK THOUGHT THAT MUCH! I DO NOT CARE FOR HIM OR THE ROOTS AND NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY, IT'S NOT GONNA CHANGE MY VIEW!)maybe if the crew did not spend so much time on late nite tv and Yo Gabba Gabba they actually can finish the album...hmmmnn?
    Name: (Posted: 11/8/2009 7:16:00 AM; Partial IP: 87.106.142)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: Really? A "braindead" discussion, huh? I'ma throw my two cents in. *ka-ching-ka-ching* Alright, E TO THE D. I already voiced my opinion about The Roots and Black Thought as an MC. So I came to talk about Bone Thugs. First off, a "rap" shelf and a "hip hop" shelf? LOL Rap and Hip-Hop are not separate entities. Rap, along with DJ'ing, beat production, graffiti and visual arts, fashion, breakdance, new dances, and vernacular ALL comprise what is now Hip-Hop. Saying you are a rapper but NOT Hip-Hop is like sayin you are Chinese but not Asian. That don't make sense to me. Now I will agree, there are certain SKILL levels in which some rappers are worthy MC's who contribute to the game, and then there are some who just ride the coattails of what everybody else is doing and don't have anything creative to add to the table. To each his own opinion about that artist. This leads to my second point. Bone Thugs N Harmony. Now, you said that they project an image about "Requiring handouts to live" and "having no aspirations to make their life better, just to keep it full of shortcuts, leading only to drama..." Excetera, excetera. This opinion is NOT completely misguided, but it's more so, the outside-looking-in. It's sounds very similiar to the conservative mindset, i.e. the Republican voice. You have to also understand that there are citizens in America who HAVE TO rely on a government check, for many reasons outside of being lazy or ignorant. Disability, low-income families, unemployment between jobs due to the recession. There are a lot of people in this country who get caught up early in the game, catch a felony record, and then look for a legitimate job to turn their life around. But what happens? They get denied without fair chance, and then end up BACK where they left off. Long story short, Bone Thugs N Harmony is one of the illest Hip-Hop groups of their time, bringin their unique flow and rhythm to the rap game, and representin themselves and people where they are from. LOL Did you miss out on the song "Crossroads", or does that not count for anything? When I listen to "First of the Month", which I still bump to this day, I reminisce on my past days when I'd wait to get my paycheck, from my shitty-ass PART-TIME JOB, and then split that bitch up proper. Part goes to the bills, part goes to buy a few O's of green to sell and double my money up, and the rest to save for a rainy day. I hear you out on the mainstream radio programming, but you gotta take what you want from this music, pimp... Keep Hip-Hop TRUE...
    Name: (Posted: 11/7/2009 8:28:00 AM; Partial IP: 138.27.243)
    Location: Louisville, KY
    Comment: First off, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, while talking about the 'hard grind' of waiting for a welfare check, you know, their "O.G. check", or "thuggin' income", and the pure joy experienced, from using that check to make and sell crack, in "The First of the Month" did do one thing for ALL of hip hop. They single-handedly provided an example to everyone exactly what hip-hop is NOT. Requiring handouts to even live, having No aspirations to make their life better, just to keep it full of shortcuts, leading only to drama, while glorifying that life to all who would listen. They, along with groups such as Do Or Die and Twista began one of the most detrimental times in the time of hip hop.....That bullshit, R&B-type singing, instead of rapping, basically the Auto Tune of their time. That type of grind, while real, is not the type of grind Quest and Thought have been on, instead they have been working the better part of two decades to perfect and innovate their craft. Refer to a Dead Prez song Title...."Selling D.O.P.E." (an acronym for the words Drugs Oppress People Everywhere). Thats what hip hop is really about....providing warnings of pitfalls of what one may encounter in life, NOT the public disservice of luring people into those traps. Thats why "Radio Programming", and the mob mentality it can create is to be avoided. Having said all of that, I have many pieces of wax featuring Bone, who doesn't like to reminisce? However, those records fall on the rap shelf, NOT the Hip Hop shelf, for reasons just mentioned, along with many not mentioned. Secondly, The order of finish, as I saw it on the BET Awards Freestyle Cypher was as follows.....Black Thought, Mos Def, and lastly Eminem. While all three freestyles (if they were, in fact, freestyles) were way past acceptable, as far as freestyles go, their was a different level Black Thought found himself on at the end. While Mos Def brilliantly schemed his rhymes, he freestyled about Freestyling, rightfully happy its still alive. But, it stopped there, stretching out the basic idea by spitting a laundry list of various places, and various people within those places who keep freestyling alive. Black Thought, like the wordsmith he is, with an unstoppable flow, defined the strength of his words, and his motivations for using said words. What did Eminem do? He used his platform to the world to talk about drugs and his dick. It's a class difference, NOT a skill difference. Check out the Eminem album Infinite, before Dre., and before record sales were his sole motivation for rappin. He was dominating HIP HOP, as a white guy, it was a gift he has since chosen to waste. I mean if I want to hear an editorial about recent Hollywood celebrity gossip, I will watch TMZ or Access Hollywood. On two points, I feel you were right, Joe Budden was the runner-up, with Mos and KRS right there, and I too, was glad to see Eminem wasn't totally washed up. Black Thought, will never sell out, wasting time, or breath.....WHY you ask? THATS THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT HIP HOP IS ABOUT. Just another of the countless reasons why he sits with a handful of others atop the mountaintop of HIP HOP.
    Name: (Posted: 11/7/2009 8:20:00 AM; Partial IP: 138.27.243)
    Location: Louisville, KY
    Comment: Tag, I am back in this bitch. When this braindead discussion was on the page concerning the limited edition picture disc '12 for "How I Got Over", it was on my radar. Then, one day, it was gone, and I hoped UGHH just decided to no longer put loyal Hip-Hop heads through the pain of Lars' posts. During that time, I told legendary tales of the idiotic posts claiming Black Thought was an overrated, over-rapping, overly mechanical, boring emcee. It was, what seemed like, endless entertainment laughing at you. Seriously, due to the degree of absolute absurdity of your bullshit, many I told were sure I had to be making all of the shit up. Turns out the discussion was only moved, and you have been hard at work, projectile puking blasphemy all over The Roots comment page, and somehow have found some European support for you, as well as, much lesser forms of music......So, I'm here to clean up. Like The Roots said, "It's a Fucked up job, but Somebody's Gotta Do It".
    Name: (Posted: 10/30/2009 9:21:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Joe Budden was my runner up on BET Awards...
    Name: (Posted: 10/29/2009 6:20:00 PM; Partial IP: 87.106.122)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: Wow, Eminem did slay that shit! I still liked Mos Def and Black Thought's verse, I wouldn't say he "bodied" them, but I do understand where you coming from...
    Name: (Posted: 10/28/2009 1:53:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Black Thought is not wack..but at the same time...he is boring. He just raps, and raps, and just bars that he may have a couple ill metaphors but for the most part it is just old hat. He dose not stand out lyrically to me at fact I enjoyed watching Eminem BODY every MC that was on this years BET Awards freestyke session....good work are not washed up after all.....
    Name: (Posted: 10/28/2009 9:45:00 AM; Partial IP: 87.106.122)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: I said what I needed to say about the South, but like what BLU said, I'ma go back to the original debate. LARS, you said earlier that you've seen them live, and you've heard all of the albums, but now you "started to feel like it was one long azz jam session" and that "it did not vary enough for [your] tastes"... basically. Correct me if I'm wrong. I love Organix, Game Theory, and definitely Illadelph Halflife, but I WILL agree in the case of Rising Down. From the mainstream eye, some of the tracks were "filler" type standard. The skits were not understandable and did not fulfill the purpose of whatever they were trying to come across. Make em funny at least, or cut em out altogether. Some songs had some stale hooks and/or stale beats that make them uneasy to listen to. It happens with the song "I Can't Help It". I'm NOT saying that lyrically the message wasn't in there, cuz i've NEVER heard a Black Thought verse that I thought was irrelevant, or didn't rhyme right, or didn't understand, or some other bull... Black Thought is an MC, true to the game. But THAT song has one of the poorest attempts of a "hook" i've ever heard from them LOL. Most people who are sheep-like in hip hop listening would hit "Next Track" within the first 30 seconds. And a TERRIBLE beat, that is, until about 3:47 on the track, when they reprise the song for the last minute with one of the hottest beats on the album, next to the hit "Rising Up". Now why ain't they just go with THAT beat from the beginning? I don't know. Maybe to prove a point. I think overall, for this studio album, they should trim out the "unnecessary" and hit hard with both the word and sound. As far as live, there's nothing better than "long jam sessions", the kind at a small local bar or a jazz spot. One where I can relax and unwind wit a shot of dat Crown Royal in my cup...
    Name: (Posted: 10/19/2009 11:36:00 PM; Partial IP: 232.158.80)
    Location: la,ca
    Comment: yo black thought and the roots crew just to ill , dope, legandary nuff said
    Name: (Posted: 10/12/2009 7:57:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: I will check out Snoopy..lets see what he hid from us! I hope he is Snoop Doggy Dogg on this one and not Snoop Dogg...
    Name: (Posted: 10/11/2009 3:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 76.127.237)
    Location: where i'm at
    Comment: Is this where we post comments about the roots album??????? or where we just put random shit and call people names?
    Name: (Posted: 10/10/2009 11:09:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: UK
    Comment: Hey LARS you can preview the 'snoop dogg - unreleased vol 1 on this site man, its definate the snoop we loved in 93 and I havent heard any of these tracks before, must of been hidden nicely in that deathrow vault,I will be buying on payday for sure, just hope they release 'sam sneeds' shelved album
    Name: (Posted: 10/10/2009 10:46:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: UK
    Comment: Oh yeah I forgot 'goodie mob - soul food' what a classic album that is too
    Name: (Posted: 10/10/2009 10:45:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: UK
    Comment: To J-Aura I respect what you said there man, I went a bit over the top about the south but I cant get into anything coming out from there since the year 2000, I love outkast old stuff especially 'atliens' which I play hard to this day, I even brought every single 'no limit' album from 96-99 and they had some nice mc's on there like Mac, fiend, Mia x, soulja slim etc, lets not add master p to that list:-)im definate not a down south hater, oh and I love little brother especially 9ths production and the whole justus league cre, but young jeezy, t.i, lil wayne??? im sorry but they are trash, they talk about the same boring stuff, I litened to lil waynes carter 3 to see what the hype was and please dont tell me that album is good, he sounds like a retard, and young jeezys adlibs are gay and he is not an mc. but other than that respect to the south but i'll stick to my hundreds of 90's albums thanks when hiphop was at its best peace man
    Name: (Posted: 10/9/2009 11:14:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Good point J-Aura: "OutKast voted Best New Group for putting ATL on the hip hop map and what happened? They got booed at the Source Awards. Why? Cuz it sounds different? Look at dem boys now." I was one of the few people I knew who gave 'Kast their props back then..."look at dem boys now"!
    Name: (Posted: 10/9/2009 5:46:00 AM; Partial IP: .87.97.152)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: Wow, a lot has been said here. I figured I'd come in and drop my two cents *ka-ching-ka-ching* Alright. The Roots is the shit, period. A little more effort could have been put towards Rising Down, but OVERALL, one of the top hip hop groups of all-time and I'm looking forward to this album. But this ain't what I came to debate about... LPAC, much respect to you, you my n*gga, but I gotta stop you when you talk about the South. Now when you say "South", you have to be careful. I am from the South and I am proud of the true MC's that rep it. We can go through a slew of names from OutKast to Little Brother to Trick to the Clipse, Luda, Cunninlynguists, Bun-B, etc. But you cannot shit on the South for the way the game is. There's an equal amount of trash coming from the North and the West. The reason the South receives so much blame is because we've had so much influence on the sounds, straight from the beginning. Everyone here knows it started with Kool Herc with the wheels of steel in the Bronx, New York. BUT a lot of the tracks he was cutting into breaks was James Brown records, who hails from Georgia. Cut to 1994, OutKast voted Best New Group for putting ATL on the hip hop map and what happened? They got booed at the Source Awards. Why? Cuz it sounds different? Look at dem boys now. Cut to the present time, a lot of people hate T-Pain for the auto-tune movement. But the fact is, he actually CAN bust a flow too. He might not do it much on record, but when he performs live, he puts on a SHOW. Everything from freestyling to beatboxing to breakdancing (or more so pop-locking, still hot in any case). He is an artist, period, and has a love for music. Overall what I'm saying is, don't blame the whole "South" for SOME luckluster fuck-ass commercial-ass rappers, cuz they are worldwide just like the true MC's...
    Name: (Posted: 10/8/2009 2:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 251.194.34)
    Location: plfd
    Comment: Like A Wax said to Kane and O-Dog in the car-Man both yall need to shut the fuck up.
    Name: (Posted: 10/8/2009 8:04:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: I dunno man..I am so burnt out with these Death Row vaults...I have tons of unreleased Death Row music from all over the 'Net...I will give it a listen first before buying it....have you heard it Lpac?
    Name: (Posted: 10/7/2009 4:19:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: UK
    Comment: Lars are you gonna check 'snoop doggy dogg - unreleased vol 1'?
    Name: (Posted: 10/7/2009 2:29:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: arrrgghhh!! UGHH keeps killin my posts!!!! Dammit...anyway back to my point...Ludacris is highly underrated as a lyracist. The dude is solid..he may make club joints but he dose them with some clever wordplay...I would go an relist my faves again but I am irritated at UGHH for censoring my friggin posts big up'ing guys from the South that have laid it down proper out side 8ball & Scarface.....Young Jeezy has skills as does TI and Lil Flip....Lil Wayne and more. No Limit, The Hot Boys, The Dugeon Family, So So Def, Trick daddy, 2 Live Crew, Rap A Lot roster, UGK, Swishahouse...all made dope music and if it wasn't for these guys, rap would have died 10 years ago! The east coast got stale since the South gained momentum....maybe Raekwon has awakened NY now...we'll see....
    Name: (Posted: 10/6/2009 1:03:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: UK
    Comment: Sorry LARS gonna have to disagree with you about the south, I mean joung jeezy, t.i, lil flip??? what the fuck, they cant rap for shit, it must be the shitty down south beats that got them to where they are, the south can not MC for shit, and although I got sucked in to buying all the no limit releases in 98 I knew deep down master p was a shit MC, and ludicris is maaad overated, he is pop and pop is not hiphop
    Name: (Posted: 10/6/2009 1:00:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: UK
    Comment: Bone thugs first ep 'creepin on ah come up' still gets played hard to this day, their last good album was 'art of war' then guess ????? they turned shit like everyone else after 1997! Definate legends though
    Name: (Posted: 10/6/2009 2:30:00 AM; Partial IP: 113.214.92)
    Location: Minneapolis, Birmingham
    Comment: First off Dude is on point, Clipse are pretty much the sickest group out. Looking beyond their content and listening to their flow structure they are the best. The roots are one of my favorites of all time. As for Bone thugs they were flame when we were 13, but their shit was raggedy and does not belong in the same genre let alone sentence as Black Moon Gangstarr adn so forth. Roots are sick, but if you cant recognize that the roots after thing fall apart have adopted a different sound, then youre a damn fool. While I still enjoy the roots the sound changes ia apparent enough that some may want the old Roots style as opposed to the new, but like I said if you think the roots sound the same from beginning to present then you dont know music period. Oh yeah I lived in the south and except for 8ball and scarface, and the obvious outkast there is very little musical talent as far as hip hop is concerned.
    Name: (Posted: 10/1/2009 7:58:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: SPEAK Lpac! SPEAK!!!!! AMEN!!!
    Name: (Posted: 9/30/2009 2:54:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: UK
    Comment: I love the way faggots on this site keep on dissing people from europe when we support the real hiphop and a large percentge of americans are supporting down south, auto-tune, t-pain etc etc etc, why do you think people like Jeru the Damaja only tour in europe???? because they know we support that good shit so suck a fat dick! and for one last time The Roots last good album is the one after illadelph halflife
    Name: (Posted: 9/29/2009 11:10:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockholm, sweden
    Comment: Keep proving me right...keep talking...more please more! LOLLOLOLOLOL..I would love to see your SAT score. 400 probably.
    Name: (Posted: 9/28/2009 3:21:00 PM; Partial IP: 208.246.48)
    Location: right here bitch!!!
    Comment: Okay you fuckin euro trash piece of shit.Fuck you and your stories of who you know and who any of your faggot friends know.There is no sense in arguing with you because you know it all I guess, so you just keep talking about real hip hoppers and keep on listening to the fake ones.And to you and all of your boys that are super tight with the real deals of hip hop EAT A DICK!!!Tell ?uestlove I said whats up.
    Name: (Posted: 9/28/2009 9:18:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: I don't need to google a thing. My brain is hip hop google. I am older than you and I am 100% certain I know more about this genre than you do. I have been in and out of Sweden since the 70's. I spent alot of time in NYC and abroad. I PERSONALLY know several hip hop artists & producers from the states. I don't name drop those people, but I will name drop people I think you should know as a history lesson. I don't give a fuck if you like the Roots..I have met ?uestlove on many occasions as he is tight with one of my boys who is a big name producer. ?uestlove is a cool guy (a wack DJ if you ever attend his club gigs) but I do not feel his latest stuff. I am sure he too would give Bone Thugs major props based on what I know about the guy. You on the other hand, are just a cum guzzling fag who thinks they can define "real hip hop"...who do you think you are? Yes I like the Clipse..those dudes got crazy flows and tell vivid stories. They remind me of Mobb Deep in a way (minus the gay singles they drop from time to time to sell records). I neevr said the Roots were wack...I only stated that I don't feel them anymore...that's the point of being a poster here on the comment tell your opinon. My opinion is that you are ignorant and you have reinforced it...have a nice day! :o)
    Name: (Posted: 9/27/2009 10:35:00 AM; Partial IP: 208.246.48)
    Location: Home of real hip hop heads
    Comment: First off asshole , I know hip hop history ,but don't feel the need to drop as many names as possible to make the point that I think The Roots are dope. I guess you want us to hail to LARS the king of fuckin hip hop right?FUCK THAT your favorite groups are shit.Kid, I'm 32 and been into hip hop ( real hip hop)as long as I can remember, so don't try to play me like some 15 year old Clipse fan. So, the next time you get on your search engine to look up hip hop groups to name drop , try to stick to true hip hop crews , or just shut the fuck up and bump your bone thugs bitch. And please stop fuckin up everybodys idea of what Swedish hip hop heads are all about.........
    Name: (Posted: 9/23/2009 10:10:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Wow are more ignorant than I initially Name drop..LOL...I drop names you never heard of but you should know if you are supposed to know this genre so much. If you don't know your history then your future is doomed.
    Name: (Posted: 9/23/2009 7:10:00 AM; Partial IP: 208.246.48)
    Location: my house fool
    Comment: Bone Thugs didn't do shit , but help fuck up people perception of what hip hop is . LARS just can't tell the difference between hip hop , hip pop , and garbage . Just because you drop names doesn't mean you know hip hop.
    Name: (Posted: 9/18/2009 9:41:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: As the Roots once did, Bone Thugs helped changed the game homie...wake up....
    Name: (Posted: 9/17/2009 9:53:00 AM; Partial IP: 179.152.49)
    Location: 860
    Comment: who gives a shit what these european fucks think about hip hop.....east coast is where it was invented...period...great if your still rockin illadel b/c I throw it in every now and then. I mean this dude just named bone thugs as a how can anyone take this dude seriously
    Name: (Posted: 9/15/2009 8:56:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Lpac speaks the truth.....
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/13/2009 6:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 208.246.48)
    Location: my house fool
    Comment: Not the best picture , but this is actually an etched not a picture disc.Either way , the track is good , the Roots kill it every time.
    Name: (Posted: 9/8/2009 4:00:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: UK
    Comment: There 1st 3 albums are hot, the rest sucked, illadelph halflife still gets played hard to this day
    Name: (Posted: 9/1/2009 10:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 87.225.182)
    Location: illy
    Comment: are they seriously using a picture disk for that art?
    Name: (Posted: 8/31/2009 8:47:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Liek I said, I don't hate The Roots, but I don't really care for them. I have seen them live twice. Once in the late 90's and once about 3 years ago. I am not feeling them, mainly due to Black Thought whom I do not rate highly. I understand why people like him, but I do not. I don't understand what is the big fuss over this "band" as most of their stuff sounds alike. I was a Roots "fan" right up until "Things Fall Apart". I even have "Organix" in my cd collection, which I bought about 13 or 14 years ago. After I bought all of these albums and played them back, I started to feel like it was one long azz jam session and it did not vary enough for my tastes. For people who like this type of music year after year, more power to them and I do not fault them for it. I just don't understand it and I decided to express that here. I think groups such as De La Soul (possibly the most consistant group ever in hip hop), Dead Prez, Wu Tang Clan(even in their hit or miss state), The Clipse (my personal favoriet even though they only have 3 studio albums but the street albums are fire!), Bone Thugs, Outkast (Roots aint got sh*t for OUTKAST), Mobb Deep, Slum Village, Brand Nubian, Beastie Boys, UGK, The Lox, Hiero....all trump The Roots just based on the past 15 years. I did not include groups that are now defunct such Gang Starr, Tribe Called Quest, NWA, Run Dmc, Public Enemy, BDP, Black Moon, Smif n Wessun...etc. Please be advised before you internet thugs jump on my Clipse selection, but I just like those dudes style...I realize 99.9% of you will not agree with that so I am ok with it.
    Name: (Posted: 8/29/2009 7:21:00 AM; Partial IP: .137.4.153)
    Location: Louisville, KY
    Comment: Hey Lars, if there has been something that spans the mid 1990's to present day, and has been a better spokesman for the Hip Hop culture, a more positive influence on the Hip Hop community, or a more skilled example for the future voices of Hip Hop, than The Legendary Roots Crew, please, enlighten all of us. Don't just come in here running it about Black Thought. Come through with some alternatives, along with some support, as far as your totally well thought out reason(s) responsible for such no-speak. It's like what you are saying is so absurd. So absurd, as soon as someone half-educated in the art of Hip Hop gets done reading your entry.....I promise their first reaction is "This guy CANNOT really believe what he is posting. He is just trying to piss people off. Obviously, he, like the rest of us, was only here to check in latest jam (on a special edition picture disc) from The Roots." And to make sure to avoid confusion, not the most Grammys won, records sold, or best studio emcee....I am referring to emcees/groups possessing more original skill/better Hip Hop résumé since the mid-90's than The Roots.
    Name: (Posted: 8/28/2009 10:31:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: SOUTH BRONX
    Name: (Posted: 8/26/2009 11:55:00 AM; Partial IP: .225.51.76)
    Location: NY-Philly
    Comment: LARS - Thought is a wordsmith and you claiming he doesn't rhyme words is crazy. He does what few emcees even think about...breaking down words into syllables and rhyming words with the first part of the syllable and the other words with the last part. He also uses mirror syllables in phrases, way beyond the like of 'drop it like it's hot' and such. He may not be your 'flavor of a blunt' but you can't say he doesn't rhyme. I don't think you're a hater, but I can agree with the wrong part. Again, this is very subjective, so to each their own.
    Name: (Posted: 8/24/2009 9:25:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Sorry..I disagree that The Roots are the best thing going since the mid-90's in hip hop. You are obviously a fan with blinders on as if you are a horse at the Kentucky Derby, but there are many other groups and mc's that are simply better and more engaging than The Roots. The Roots are a respectable group, but in my opinion, I find them to be boring...mostly due to Black Thought. I enjoy all types of hip hop from gangster rap, to political rap, to underground to party hip hop. The Roots are not my thing. Some jerk offs on here want to say that I only like "ignorant hip hop"..which is far from the truth. At any given moment in my home stereo or my ipod I am pumping Dead Prez or Chuck D or Lost Children of Babylon or Brand Nubain, etc get the BOZACK!
    Name: (Posted: 8/22/2009 5:29:00 AM; Partial IP: .137.6.190)
    Location: Louisville, Ky
    Comment: Lastly, while we sit here and debate just how elite Black Thought is, you then have to take in consideration he is only a single piece of the Roots. When you span the length of time The Roots have existed, and account for Malik B, Dice Raw, Rahzel, The Roots Crew Band, and the real mastermind of it all, Questlove, it is then easy to see The Roots have been best thing going in Hip Hop since the early to mid 1990's. They are the Total Package, what all musical groups of every genre should aspire to become. They will go down as their era's dominant performers, music makers, spreaders of truth, and examples of success. They are LEGENDARY.
    Name: (Posted: 8/22/2009 5:03:00 AM; Partial IP: .137.6.190)
    Location: Louisville, KY
    Comment: Also, Lars when pretending to have a laundry list of emcees better than Black Thought, for your own future credibility, try not using Jadakiss, Scarface, Snoop Dog (of any era), Prodigy, or any other gangsta rap / Hip Pop rappers as examples. It is sad, and moreover, takes all of your long lyrics and grammatically correct, yet blatantly blasphemous stances on Hip Hop go to proving only ONE thing - You are proud to be stealing oxygen from the rest of us. There's nothing cool about that yo.
    Name: (Posted: 8/22/2009 4:43:00 AM; Partial IP: .137.6.190)
    Location: Louisville, KY
    Comment: It's obvious Lars is hatin...He says Black Thought is top ten, then out the other side of his mouth comes up with like twenty people who are supposedly better. Face it, currently, the only other emcees even remotely close to possessing the verbal skill of Black Thought are Chali 2na, Pharoahe Monch, and Talib Kweli. While it's true art is completely subjective, it is also true trying to critique perfection is not only a waste of time, it's also stupid. Grow up Lars....This is big boy music here - The upper one percent of the upper one percent. Black Thought CONSTANTLY redefines "dope".
    Name: (Posted: 8/21/2009 8:07:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: NYSE: You don't know anything about what I experience and why I like certain types of artist over others. You don't know what I live/lived in my life, so stop your foolish assumptions. I never mention these legends as live artists. In fact I do think Black Thought is a subperb live mc . Top ten for sure; but he is NOT a better recording artist than the guys I mentioned, in my opinion. If I actually liked his songs, he would be even higher on my list. I do not feel all of these artist I mentioned are on some dumb shyt as you so poetically decribed below. I don't know why you are talking about race here especially since you do not know my race as I do not know yours.Since you mentioned the NYSE.. I am indeed issuing a DOWNGRADE on the Roots from Neutral to REDUCE and I am proceeding to sell short the album as of now ;o)
    Name: (Posted: 8/20/2009 3:08:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Inland Empire, CA
    Comment: Lars strikes me as a well educated typical hip-hop kat. Because of this he finds rappers with a positive sensibility who spit thoughful or conscience lyrics boring. He likes the American hood n*gga shit maybe because its reporting culture he's not exposed to on a daily basis. Black Thought is a legend on the mic on record and on stage. Black Thought live is better than all those great legends you've mentioned live. The Roots aint ghetto/hood enough for black people so lots are turning a deaf ear. A shame too because now their core audience (white people) may be following suit...
    Name: (Posted: 8/20/2009 2:00:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: How am I a hater and wrong? I never said he dosen't spit from the heart...but just because you do that dose not make you "dope"...I swear some people are just easily impressed. How can you mention this guy with the likes of G Rap, Jadakiss, Nas, Pac, BIG, Jay Z, Big Pun, Big L, Q Tip, Trugoy & Posdnous, Pharohe Monche, Mos Def, pre-2001 Prodigy, 80's/early 90's Rakim & KRS, Big daddy Kane, Schoolly D, Andre 3000, Scarface, Death Row Snoop Dogg, Eminem, GZA, GFK, Method Man, Redman,...I will get Carpal Tunnel if I keep going on with my list!!!
    Name: (Posted: 8/20/2009 9:28:00 AM; Partial IP: 172.129.21)
    Location: Phoenix
    Comment: Lars is dead wrong. Study your hip hop and quit being such a hater. Point blank: Black Thought spits mad soul from the heart. I can't wait until this album gets released, for real.
    Name: (Posted: 8/20/2009 8:41:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Black Thought is top 5 where? The only top 5 Black Thought would be in is in Philly. Outside Philly: Black Thought would not even be top 5 in Wu Tang!! "Over raps"...yes I said it he OVER RAPS. He goes bars without rhyming...Like Rakim would say: "Puttin blurs and slurs and words that don't fit". I am not dissing the Roots, but I do think they are a bit overrated when it comes to albums. I definitely think Black Thought is overrated. He got flow, I will give him that. He is even dope live (he does great covers of hip hop classics). He is one of the few MC's that sounds like the record when he is live. But, what he actually has to say gets lost after a while because he is trying to say too much per verse. Talib dose the same thing. But are skilled but often boring. Zero personality on the mic...too mechanical.
    Name: (Posted: 8/19/2009 12:53:00 PM; Partial IP: .20.187.73)
    Location: Philadelphia
    Comment: Roots. Simple and Plain. Enough said. Everybody is a critic nowadays. Certain comments, I believe, don't even deserve the attention, because that contributes to the facade that they have credibility. Black Thought is top five - easy. I think it's pathetic to hear people comment on MC's like they have Hip-Hop Doctorates. Hip-Hop isn't a science. Black Thought has heart, man. The real deal - and is beastly on the microphone. I don't comment often - but witnessing an outlandish Black Thought critique. "Over-raps?" To quote Ron Burgundy, "That doesn't even make sense." "Never do what they do."
    Name: (Posted: 8/19/2009 9:37:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: These are lyrics man (G Rap 1989) "I'm bad to the bone, with a style like Al Capone I'ma smile while I give you the dial tone Eatin shrimp and girls I be pimpin Walk like I'm limpin, this brother ain't simpin Not to mention, I'm winner of Mack Daddy conventions I get a lot of attention Sleepin in sheets that's made of satin with one of my money makin honies, she's mixed Spanish and Latin She's a fly type of swinger Twenty carats on her fingers, minks on every coat hanger In a highrise, made for only fly guys With a size that attracts the ladies eyes Keepin the stash and the cashflow Profile's kept low, more dough than Barry Manilow Fly cars, I got diamonds in jelly jars To earn respect, collectin bar fight scars Slick talkin with a chick when I'm walkin Midnight stalkin, all the suckers be hawkin And I max while you be waxin your Cadillacs Smooth as a fax, but I can cut you like an axe Big spender, cause I'm a winner like Bruce Jenner I burn all beginners and let em simmer like a TV dinner On the phone cause I'm hard like stone Holdin my own, cause I'm bad to the bone"
    Name: (Posted: 8/19/2009 9:28:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Are you SERIOUS???: I Quote: "Southeast to Pennsylvania, Transporation Authority is what I'm probably on, if I ain't whippin a Land throughout ya sec-tion, my mind's in traum' Nine times out of time I rhymes upon the L Train Within my brain, foun-tains over rugged moun-tains of my terrain, diggit I came too far to front So I'm meditatin on how to maintain Stepped off at City Hall into the rain; and ran into my n*gga named Dane - I mean Hakeem And we was buildin on how we could organize the team for this capital gain bein that we in the rap game It's time to have it all, he said he figured he same We realized this a planet of CREAM, to obtain when the predominant rap, conglomerate rap spark the flame Hark the name, The Fifth from the Ill-Power Hill at that He dropped me off within the streets of South Phil' Where n*ggaz think that killing's living real Shorties is getting wetted, fulfilling their fantasies to set it We don't sweat it, by The Fifth you get beheaded I pivot through my borough givin pounds to the dreaded At the lye spots I got credit; could run em down in alphabetic-al order it's sorta pathetic Yo, I'm livin life within a labryinth of nonsense This is a consequence of being Philly residents Tryin to get it on, the rhythm gettin shitted on The exquisite I exhibit to shine, yo" NGGA PLZZZZ!!!!
    Name: (Posted: 8/18/2009 2:02:00 PM; Partial IP: 119.19.213)
    Location: Brockton, MA
    Comment: LARS if you can't name a single quotable from Thought I think you need to get yourself more familiar with the Illadelph Halflife album. Liaten to the first verse on Push Up Ya Lighter. One of the illest of all time.
    Name: (Posted: 8/18/2009 12:53:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: I cannot name a single quotable from Black Thought..I beg to differ. He bores me cuz he "over raps" like Talib...less can be more at times.
    Name: (Posted: 8/17/2009 5:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 208.246.48)
    Location: florida
    Comment: Can,t wait for this one.Yo LARS, are you crazy? The Roots always switch it up , jazz, rock, straight hip hop, they have touched on it all.And Black Thought, one of the top ten emcees of all time.The Roots kill it.
    Name: (Posted: 8/17/2009 8:52:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockhom, sweden
    Comment: Why does every Roots album sound like their previous album and so on? And the albums often sound like one long ass jam session song for 75 minutes (minus the "singles". I don't want to diss the Roots (they do have a hot live show) but man, I feel they are kinda overrated.
    Name: (Posted: 8/17/2009 7:00:00 AM; Partial IP: .248.4.160)
    Location: netherlands
    Comment: coming soon.... is not soon enough
    Name: (Posted: 8/6/2009 5:52:00 PM; Partial IP: 30.235.225)
    Location: ...
    Comment: Whats the picture????
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