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Track Listings: 1. Act Won...Things Fall Apart 2. Table of Contents, Pts. 1-2 3. The Next Movement (ft. DJ Jazzy Jeff) 4. Step Into The Realm 5. Spark 6. Dynamite! 7. Without a Doubt 8. Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New 9. Double Trouble 10. Act Too...The Love Of My Life 11. 100% Dundee 12. Diedre Vs. Dice 13. Adrenaline 14. 3rd Act: ? Vs. Scratch 2...Electric Boogaloo 15. You Got Me 16. You Don't See Us 17. Return To Innocence Lost 18. Act Fore...The End?

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Very 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
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: February 23, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA Records
  • ASIN: B00000I5JL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Kevin Patterson on January 11, 2002
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I'm seen The Roots do lots of innovative things over the years but this has to be the sum of those hard years toiling. This album is wide range. "The Next Movement" can bang in clubs. "Act Too: Love of My Life" can hold you down when you relax at home being introspect. "Without a Doubt" is the ideal track when you want to remember old-school hip-hop without having to dig through your crates. This album does soooo many different things and encompasses soooo many different moods, but at no time does it seem thrown together like a compilation album. It remains coherent partly because each track was sequenced to almost queue up the next song. The interludes flowed smoothly in and out without breaking up the feeling of the overall composition. The band was at their best. Even the human beatboxes (Scratch & Rahzel) were employed thoughtfully. While Black Thought was at the top of his game as the group MC, guest appearances by Common, Mos Def, Dice Raw and Eve were strong enough to be memorable but sparse enough to not take away from the groups efforts. Even secondary group MC, Malik B, lends expert verses where necessary. And to close out the album, Ursula Rucker tells her most chilling and personal poem ever. Point blank, THIS ALBUM IS DOPE!!!! If you don't get your hands on Things Fall Apart, you are doing yourself a great disservice. (P.S. keep listening after Ursula Rucker's poem)
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The Roots are phenomenal, the most musically gifted hip-hop group ever. I mean, they have got it all: live bass and drums, a human rhythm section, dope MCs, and so on. If you've ever seen them live, you know what I'm talking about. These cats are truly artists, not simply musicians. The creativity and skill that each member possesses is mind blowing, especially drummer ?uestlove. This album jives and grooves like very few ever have, especially hip-hop ones. "Things Fall Apart" could be a avant-garde jazz album, if the vocals were removed. But MCs Black Thought and Malik B are like instruments themselves, deftly flowing along with the rest of the group while displaying incredible lyric dexterity. This is a mainstream album, but as conscious and--for lack of a better word--"real" as anything coming out of the underground. There are no weak spots, and plenty of strong ones. Check out "Dynamite", "Double Trouble", and "The Next Movement" especially.
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The Roots have improved by leaps and bounds with every successive release. Organix and Do You Want More contained that original "organic hip hop jazz" sound for which they were first noticed. However, the jam session feel to them, while being great on it's own, eventually grew tiresome. Illadelph Halflife brought in a more aggressive feel to the mix, while still maintaining a bit of the improv qualities of the first two releases. However, it made them sound more like any other rap group and less like the progressive hip hoppers that they are. Yet Illadelph also began the experiment quality that cares us into this release. On Things Fall Apart, The Roots add a new level to their music, a whole new type of refinement and sophistication. Yet while the over-all feel of the album is more polished, there are still moments that shoot back to their previous work. The jam session/bassment feel is still present, the hard edged agressiveness is still there, but both have been somewhat developed and reflect that greatly. The newest element, and the one that makes this album stand out the most among Roots releases, is the increase in knowledge of the studio and composition. These developments are reflected in the two of the earliest songs on the album, "Table of Contents" (where the instruments play in different meters much like some jazz musicians) and "Step Into the Realm" (with the drum beat fading in and out in perfect time with breaks in the lyrics, perfectly fitted and layered together). The Roots have not lost anything in their music, they have just added more (including the presence of a DJ on "The Next Movement"). Even the guests on the album are well suited for the sound.Read more ›
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I'm really surprised that nobody has written a review on this yet. Maybe there isn't a need for one - just because everyone know that this record is simply flawless. I mean... WOW. They bring in the jazzy funk and lay it over some tight beats courtesy of the best instrumentalist in the genre - the one and only ?uestluv! Lay Black Thought's tight, socially-conscious rhymes over all of that and you have the greatest hiphop album ever recorded. No doubt about it.
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Ignore the reviews from Austin, TX and Little Italy. This is one of the first joints since Outkast's "Aquemini" that exists as art. Over ten years and four LPs, The Roots have crafted an organic sound, fusing live instruments with introspective lyrics. Like the now-defunct Tribe Called Quest, among others, you listen to The Roots and you feel that they're doing this for the love of it, which is refreshing in this era of crossover formulas and sample-heavy braggadocio.
"Things Fall Apart", while not as classic as "Do You Want More?!!!??!", still stands strong amongst The Roots' previous recordings. They take hip-hop in directions rarely taken by mainstream "artists". Lush orchestrations (see "Act Too"), jungle-style breaks (see "You Got Me"), and explosive guest appearances (see "Double Trouble", "You Got Me", "Diedre Vs. Dice", "Return to Innocence Lost") are just some of the elements of this masterful recording. Black Thought waxes as philosophical as ever; he easily takes his place as one of the more thoughtful emcees today. He's equally complimented by ?uestlove's fluid drumwork, Hub's consistent bass, and Kamal's keyboard wizardry. Add to the mix impressive rhyming by Malik B. and Dice Raw (who rips it over an improv cello harmony, courtesy of Diedre Murray), Common, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, and a heart-wrenching poem by Ursula Rucker (her third collabo with the group) and you have one of the best albums of the year.
Ignore the charts, ignore the pop stations, ignore the naysayers. In fact, ignore commercial interference altogether. This album is proof that hip-hop is not a lost cause.
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