2003 album featuring guests Alicia Keys, Cody Chesnutt, Jill Scott & others! Includes 'Rolling With Heat'.
If you were wondering what the heck phrenology
means, the Roots wouldn't have it any other way. Hip-hop's hardest-working live band continues where they left off with Things Fall Apart
, forcing listeners to think outside of the Hot 97 FM box--or just plain think. On "Thought at Work," lead emcee Black Thought--the most criminally underrated wordsmith of his time--weaves captivating flows over a neck-snapping break beat, while on "Water" he boldly addresses the controversy surrounding his partner-in-rhyme Malik B's alleged substance abuse. While collaborations with Nelly Furtado
("Sacrifice") and Talib Kweli
("Rhymes and Ammo") read much better on paper than they sound, the catchy, up-tempo call-and-response routine utilized by the crew on the latter song will amp up Roots nonbelievers. As a bonus, Jill Scott
's dreamy falsetto refrain hammers home some finer points about love on "Complexity." --Dalton Higgins