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The Roots, Things Fall Apart

Audio CD

Disk ID: 1095528

Disk length: 1h 4m 2s (17 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1998

Label: Unknown

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Tracks & Durations

1. Act Won (Things Fall Apart) 0:54
2. Table Of Contents (Parts 1 & 2) 3:37
3. The Next Movement 4:10
4. Step Into The Relm 2:49
5. The Spark 3:52
6. Dynamit 4:45
7. Without A Doubt 4:14
8. Ain't Sayn' Nothin' New 4:34
9. Double Trouble 5:50
10. Act Too (The Love Of My Life) 4:54
11. 100% Dundee 3:53
12. Diedre Vs. Dice 0:47
13. Adrenalin 4:27
14. 3rd Acts: ? Vs. Scratch 2... Electric Boogaloo 0:51
15. You Got Me (feat. Erykah Badu) 4:19
16. Don't See Us 4:30
17. The Return Of The Innocence Lost 5:27

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They've long been hip-hop's best band, for whatever that's worth, and in their amazing live shows they've shown an ability to pay homage to the past and look to the future--all while living firmly in the now. But on Things Fall Apart, the Roots finally pull their promise and ability together, and the world's started to pay attention. --Randy SilverVery few hip-hop groups make it to their fourth full-length recording, and perhaps only the Roots have made it to that level while still ascending. Although lyrical and musical vision is sorely lacking from most hip-hop (as Puff and Master P have proved, vision isn't necessary to bum-rush the mainstream goldmine), such qualities are cornerstones of the Roots' music. Their second recording, 1995's Do You Want More?!!!??!, and its follow-up, 1996's Illadelph Halflife, intelligently linked hip-hop to its musical forebears funk and jazz, and their lyrics provided unique, postnationalist hip-hop critiques. On Things Fall Apart (named for the Chinua Achebe novel) the sextet takes on a more somber tone, but at no cost to their musical innovations. "If we had to depend on black people to eat, we'd starve to death," says Denzel Washington, sampled from Mo' Better Blues, at the outset of the recording. It's not self-pity--rather, the group frequently returns to the theme of how many African Americans confuse uniformity with unity. Musically, the group is at its best with guests like Mos Def and Talib Kweli from Black Star contributing some old-school fun and technique to "Double Trouble." Erykah Badu's supple vocals on "You Got Me" are offset by innovative percussion, including an organically developed jungle beat. At a point when most rappers are running on fumes, the Roots are synthesizing new ideas. --Martin Johnson

Other Versions

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Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart

Tracks: 11 (-6 tracks), Disk length: 44m 11s (-20m 9s)

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