Robin non-member

Buy New

Includes FREE MP3
of this album.
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
$5.95 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details

More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Game Theory

The RootsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

Price: $11.18 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
 : Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
   Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Only 12 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Want it Friday, July 11? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to music library.


Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 14 Songs, 2006 $9.49  
Audio CD, 2006 $11.18  
Vinyl, 2006 $16.18  

Amazon's The Roots Store


Image of album by The Roots


Image of The Roots


From Philly street corner buskers to hip-hop pioneers to perpetually touring live act to late-night television house band, legendary hip-hop group The Roots have never been one to rest on their laurels. After more than 15 years, the critically acclaimed, award-winning band continues to reinvent themselves and remains one of music’s most enduring and forward-thinking groups.

Since ... Read more in Amazon's The Roots Store

Visit Amazon's The Roots Store
for 55 albums, 10 photos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

Game Theory + Things Fall Apart
Price for both: $20.16

Buy the selected items together
  • Things Fall Apart $8.98

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dilltastic Vol Won(derful)
2. False Media
3. Game Theory
4. Don't Feel Right
5. In The Music
6. Take It There
7. Baby
8. Here I Come
9. Long Time
10. Livin' In A New World
11. Clock With No Hands
12. Atonement
13. Can't Stop This

Editorial Reviews

Despite their signing to Def Jam, on Game Theory the Roots head in a direction opposite from all the trendy, commercial formulas that the label has pioneered. This is as intensely a "Roots album" as anything they've put out, the rightful sequel to their brilliant, creative Phrenology (unlike their last album, the off-balance Tipping Point. Game Theory is a dark and brooding affair, not just in Black Thought's foreboding lyricism but also in its musical textures. There's a layer of melancholia running beneath nearly every song, whether in the heavy thump of "In the Music" or the frenetic verve of "Here I Come." Track-for-track, this isn't The Roots' most scintillating collection of songs, but listened to from end-to-end, it's actually a remarkable achievement in album-making. Every song builds into the next one, and those willing to experience Game Theory as a 47-minute suite of 13 songs will be richly rewarded by how precisely the whole puzzle fits together. --Oliver Wang

Product Description

The Roots, known for their innovative album concepts, return after a two year break to release their new album, Game Theory, filled with 14 hard hitting tracks that express their views on the state of the world. Game Theory is The Roots' most thought-provoking, incitive album since their 1999 breakthrough Things Fall Apart and will be the group's debut for Def Jam Recordings, home to the world's premiere Hip-Hop artists.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Roots - Game Theory August 31, 2006
By Done
Format:Audio CD
The Roots (Black Thought (MC), ?uestlove (Drums), Hub (Bass), Kamal (Keyboards), Knuckles (Percussion), and Captain Kirk (Guitar)) keep things moving delivering their seventh studio album "Game Theory" (2006). Former member Malik B returns for this release appearing on three tracks. Fellow Philadelphia native Peedi Peedi (AKA Peedi Crack formerly of State Property) appears on one track, and it is rumored he will be joining the Roots. Overall this album is laced with darker production and has the Root's talking about more serious issues - like politics, war and the state of the world. The album opens with "Dillatastic Vol Won(derful)" a short instrumental and ends with "Can't Stop This", both a tribute to the late great producer J Dilla aka Jay Dee (R.I.P.). The eight-minute closing track is my favourite on this album, Black Thought rhymes over J Dilla's excellent production providing an outstanding track. The album's first full-length track is "False Media" an ominous sounding track; laced with a dark chorus (Wadud Ahmad), Black Thoughts rhymes are on point. Black Thought reunites with Malik B and both flow fast over the title track "Game Theory". The first single "Don't Feel Right" is a powerful cut, which has Black Thought talking about the problems of the world. The production to "In The Music" is deadly and the highlight of that cut for me, Black Thought continues to drop thought provoking rhymes backed by some words from Wadud Ahmad on "Take It There". John-John provides the chorus to the more laidback sounding "Baby", and the three MC's who have rhymed for the Roots over the years - Black Thought, Malik B and Dice Raw triple tag team "Here I Come". Black Thought, Peedi Peedi rep Philadelphia and talk about their beginnings backed by some feel good production on "Long Time". Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Will J.
Format:Audio CD
I normally try to listen to a record a good five to ten times before I review it, but I'm only on my second listen & I just have to express how impressive this album is. It Starts off with a very quick instrumental intro with a little vocal sample, but quickly segues into the scathing "False Media" (2) and one has to wonder if the press is gonna hate on this album just because of this song. The title track follows and is so live you can't help but scrunch up your brow and nod your head. The lead single "Don't Feel Right" on it's own does not stand out as an amazing track but in context of the rest of the album and where it is placed in the order of tracks it feels so right. Musically Hub, Kamal, Kirk & Knuckles play their part perfectly while ?uest ties it all together like only he can. This is by far one of the most musical LP's the Roots have dropped not only in a minute, but throughout their whole career. You can hear influences of Funkadelic, Prince, Miles Davis, Shuggie Otis, etc. throughout and it's completed with the one man who is always forgotten when it comes to lists of great emcees: Black Thought. Thought steps up and knocks one out the park on this release, what may be his best yet. He delivers autobiographical tales about the streets of Philly, he delivers social commentary, and he gets his braggadocio on. This is his testament to all the haters who think the Roots are great because of the band. They are great because of the band and Black Thought is the integral part of that band that puts them a step above. Malik B also makes his triumphant return to the group that he was an original member of and he sounds so fresh. Its perfect hearing him and BT rip it together like any classic rhyming duo, and they haven't missed a step. Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Does Feel Right {5 Stars} September 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Finally. The Roots are back. On their first studio release since Tipping Point, they make a lot of changes but manage to remain the same (if that makes any sense). Gone are most of the upbeat, fun joints that get you amped. They're replaced by dark, almost cinematic production courtesy of The Roots, J Dilla, and Kamal (on the keys). Another change is the lyrical content. Black Thought seems to be on more of a conscious tip instead of the normal smashing of emcees and flexing of lyrical muscles. Don't get me wrong, he still rips, but he's sprinkling more message than usual this time around. Also, I'm one of the few people that sorely missed Malik B., so I bugged out when I heard him step in on the outstanding title track, "Game Theory". He still rhymes with the same presence and skill that he showed before his departure (be sure to check his solo LP's dope) and he shows up on two more great tracks -- "In The Music" and the bangin' "Here I Come" feat. Dice Raw. Not only is M-Illitant back, but Dice Raw seems to have regained his passion and Peedi Peedi (rumored to be joining the group) aka Peedi Crack of State Property steps up his game and drops a dope verse on the bangin' "Long Time". I always knew Peedi could spit, I was just waiting for him to actually say something and he does it on this album. Guests include those already mentioned along with Maimouna Youssef, Wadud Ahmad, Porn, Bunny Sigler, John John, Mercedes Martinez, and Jack Davey and they all shine. The late Jay Dee aka J Dilla makes his posthumous impact on the brief Dillatastic Vol Won(derful) which he "oversees" and the excellent "Can't Stop This" (which the beat for this song can also be found on his Donuts LP).

As far as flaws, I can't think of any.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammy winner
this album was cheated out by Ludacris. It should have easily won the rap album Grammy of the year. It should have been nominated for Album of the Year as well!
Published 21 days ago by Pablo
1.0 out of 5 stars oh10
this cd is s***ty you win some and loose some this one I never had a chance only 1 song so this is a trade in cd with the quickness
Published 4 months ago by sound1
5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy, Memorable, CLASSIC.
Wow. First, a bit of history. The Roots had been trying to leave Universal for some time because they wanted more artistic control over their product. Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by I.M.J
5.0 out of 5 stars My types subliminal mentality switched to criminal
This album is a winner. I've been listening to it since my sophomore year of high school, I'm a sophomore in college now and I still derive a great amount of enjoyment from it. Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by Sam Hiced
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to that 1 star review
The Roots are hardly overrated by any means. These dudes are probably the most UNDERrated and unappreciated band playing right now. Hip-hop or otherwise. Read more
Published on June 27, 2009 by S. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars By far one of the greatest albums to date!
When i first bought this album back in 2006 when it came out, i knew after the very first song that this was something special. Read more
Published on April 10, 2009 by R. Singh
5.0 out of 5 stars I've got a theory: The Roots have game!
I should preface this review by saying I'm not the world's biggest rap fan. That being said, I'm also not someone who tries to claim all rap is terrible or that it isn't music. Read more
Published on December 12, 2008 by Drew Macevenwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album - good variety and some classic songs.
Really enjoy listening to this album. Listening to it from start to finish, it really comes together. Good recording quality for your hi-fi. Read more
Published on June 3, 2008 by Norbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly amaing
This album is definetly one of the best albums to ever come from the roots. Their beats are amazing with ?uset on the drums and the lyrics from thought are as deep as ever. Read more
Published on March 20, 2008 by R. Singh
4.0 out of 5 stars Black thought's of game theory
Game Theory presents even yet a darker view into the intellect of musical and lyrical virtuosos together known as the roots. Read more
Published on March 9, 2008 by Rodney L. Thompson
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for Similar Items by Category