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How I Got Over

The RootsAudio CD
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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.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B0029LX2LC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Long-awaited 2010 album from Hip Hop pioneers The Roots. The album, which takes its name from Clara Ward's Gospel classic, 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 the album as "depicting the everyman's search for hope in this dispiriting post-hope zeitgeist". The lead single, "Dear God 2.0.", 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. Also includes two appearances from Grammy-winning Soul man John Legend. Other guests on HIGO include Joanna Newsom, Blu, 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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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Roots Still Have The Throne Locked Down! June 22, 2010
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I've long been of the belief that The Roots are not only the best hip hop group out there, but they are one of the top BANDS period. Of any genre of music. The Roots have long been one of the more intelligent staples in hip hop, always counted on to come correct with meaningful thought provoking lyrics, and live music.

A lot of hip hop is done with computers and whatnot, but make no mistake people: This is a BAND! One only has to tune in to Jimmy Fallon's show week nights to see them play.

This album is a special kind of thing. The lyrics are on point, as always, the guest appearances aren't necessarily the same ol' same ol' that you see on every hip hop album. There's no Drake, no Lil Wayne, none of that. It's real hip hop with real hip hop artists.

No talking about killing people, doing drugs, or sleeping with any girl they can get. This is grown folks hip hop.

This album, "How I Got Over" is unique in that it fits together so cohesively. There's nothing that feels like filler, here. It's almost like it blends into the next track, kind of like an album by the group "Enigma" does.

Standout tracks include "Now or Never" (featuring Phonte of Little Brother and Dice Raw), which is my personal favorite after three times listening to the album, Dear God 2.0 (featuring Monsters of Folk), the title track "How I Got Over" (featuring Dice Raw) and "Walk Alone" (featuring Truck North, Dice Raw and someone named P.O.R.N.).

Black Thought is solid once again as the frontman of this band, and if you have any semblance of desire to hear true genuine hip hop, then you have to buy this. There's no ifs ands or buts about it. Support true hip hop, and not that lame stuff you hear on the radio.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Hip Hop June 22, 2010
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Let me begin by saying The Roots are refreshing in the world of Hip Hop not only because they're an actual band, but because they've grown and matured over time musically and lyrically. Some Hip Hoppers claim that they are grown and mature yet still rap about how great they are and all the money they have (see Jay-Z), but The Roots frontman (Black Thought) actually writes about things that a mature person living in American society thinks about. Topics range from the ecosystem to living responsibly to hoping that his daughter grows up to be more than the average consumer.
As far as the sequencing of the album goes, this is a very cohesive listen. The song kind of build into an ultimate climax right before the final track.
If you're a fan of not only Hip Hop but music in general, this is THE album to have this year.
This is one amazing musical journey. It's one of those albums that's going down in history as one of the greats when it's all said and done.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Hard Stare In The Mirror June 23, 2010
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The Roots have always been one of those bands who I always respected but never fully enjoyed.

They had the chops. Black Thought was is perfectly proficient MC. In that they are an actually hip hop band on a major label, they have their own unique lane. Yet, none of the Roots' previous albums never truly moved me. Similar to the Brand New Heavies, the Roots, while technically gifted, sounded too practiced. For a live band, their music rarely sounded spontaneous or organic. Instead, it sounded overly rehearsed and over considered. As if every micrometer of the album's sound was heavily thought about. (If you ever read any of the fascinatingly brainy interviews with the band's leader, drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, you'd see that it was.) Music is supposed to come from the heart, not solely from the mind.

So although, all nine of the previous Roots LPs were musically impressive, they lacked a lot of soul.

Until...How I Got Over.

This album is such a pleasant surprise. Not only is it instantly captivating and beautifully produced, it's the first album by the Roots that actually has sheer emotion. Not well-thought ideas but genuine feeling. Not only does it sound good, it FEELS good.

How I Got Over is a seamless listen that must be listened to in it's full 42 minute rotation. The album finds the band in a morosely reflective mood. It's the aural equivalent of a man, on the verge of entering another stage of his life (in interviews, Thompson says that stage is entering the fellas entering their 40s), giving himself a deep, hard stare in the mirror. Reflecting his past and pondering his future and wondering where his place is in the world.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Can Still Make Classics! June 22, 2010
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How I Got Over is reminiscent of older Roots albums; it is consistently potent and musically focused, yet always dynamic and unique. With the exception of Game Theory, no Roots album has had this consistency since the 90s. Every track is good, and fits like a piece of a puzzle into the album, which is 100% listenable. The many featured artists add lots of flavor, the production is tight, and Black Thought is in top form.

Here, as on every album, The Roots redefine their style while somehow remaining true to the musical quest Ahmir and Tariq began decades ago. These tracks are chapters 143 through 156 in the Great Roots Epic, and How I Got Over is one of its best volumes in a while.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD at a bargain price.
Published 24 days ago by Geoffrey Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Music, don't sleep on them.
Some of the most underrated music in the Hip Hop industry right now. This group has some unique flows through their music which sets them a part from everyone. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D02
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a masterpiece.
Published 1 month ago by J. Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal.
The Roots, hand down my favorite band. These guys have made a lot of great albums over the years, they have also made a lot of changes to the group, but their style is always raw,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Land
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
I had heard of The Roots, but wasn't familiar with their music. I bought one album and was hooked. I ended up buying Game Theory, How I Got Over, and a Things Fall Apart. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Robledo
5.0 out of 5 stars How I Got Over, The Roots
This is a wonderful song. It makes me think about how this world really is.I love the beat and the way the song express the truth. "How I Got Over" Bitter sweet!
Published 4 months ago by Gloria Beard
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip-Hop for the soul.
This album starts out surprisingly mellow but the groove is steady and fresh. Later the tracks transition into more upbeat hip-hop flow that only the Roots can create as... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert W. Biberstine II
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, great price
Great album to listen to on vinyl! Amazon had it for a steal-of-a-price so I couldn't pass it up. The item was in perfect condition when I received it in the mail.
Published 9 months ago by portugalthecam
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not great, addition to the Roots Epic
I like this album a lot, but prefer Rising Down and Undun to this disc. Rising Down is pluckier and punchier, and more fun. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of songs from fast pace to slow and thought provoking in the...
It's the Roots, they never disappoint . The album has a great mix of songs from fast pace to slow and thought provoking in the Roots style. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andre M
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