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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.


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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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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 ›
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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 ›
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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 too....it'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.
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