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Things Fall Apart

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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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  • Audio CD (February 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: February 23, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA Records
  • ASIN: B00000I5JL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 280 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,632 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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