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The Tipping Point (Edited Version)

July 20, 2004 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Label: Geffen*
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Geffen Records
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  • Total Length: 54:40
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  • ASIN: B001NZTTS0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,702 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Now I've been a Roots fan for a while now, and before this week, I had every Roots album besides 'The Tipping Point' (yes, I even own 'Organix'). I hadn't really heard many good things about it, and was going to pick it up eventually, but it wasn't a priority. When I was at the CD store to buy the new Smif N Wessun album, I saw this CD sitting on the used shelf for only about $7.99, and I realized that under the used wrapping, it was brand new (factory sealed and all). So, I decided to buy it too (along with the 'He Got Game Soundtrack' used for only about $5.99), not with very high expectations. After listening to it 3 times, I can safely say it's definately up to par with all of the Roots other work.

For this album, the main criticism is that "the beats are too bland and boring". Although I don't think the beats are lacking at all, I think that The Roots made the beats a little more simplistic, so the album could center around Black Thought a bit more. I actually think this is a good thing, because Black Thought is one of my favorite MC's in the game, and one of the best of all time, and he truly shines on this album.

The production on the album is handled by The Roots, and affiliates, like all of their other albums. ?uestlove ('Star', 'Guns Are Drawn' & 'I Don't Care'), Anthony Tidd, Frank "Knuckles" Walker, & Richard Nichols ('Guns Are Drawn' & 'I Don't Care'), Scott Storch ('Don't Say Nuthin' & 'Duck Down'), Melvin 'Chaos' Lewis ('Stay Cool' & 'Boom!'), Robert 'LB' Dorsey ('Web'), Tahir Jamal ('Somebody's Gotta Do It'), & Zoukhan ('Why? (What's Goin' On?) all provide pretty much dope beats.

As for the album lyrically, its top notch.
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Before I say anything else about the album, if after listening to this album you still don't consider Black Thought a top 5 MC, you do not deserve to call yourself a hip hop head. This is The Roots' 7th Album (9th if you count "The Legendary" and "From the Ground Up" EPs), and Black Thought sounds as hungry as ever. It's like he got tired of hearing all the "I miss Malik B." cries from the OkayPlayer family, and since he couldn't release his solo album (Masterpiece Theatre, 2000), he put everything into this album.

Make no mistake, though this is The Roots' album, it's decidedly Black Thought's show. Whereas Phrenology was on the whole experimentation tip that was so prevalent among the more progressive elements in hip hop around '02 (showcasing now former member Ben Kinney and his rock roots), The Tipping Point is probably the most conventional Hip Hop album The Roots have made, reminiscent of Illadelph Halflife, which some consider The Roots best album.

The vocals were laid separately from the tracks, so though the instrumentation was for the most part live, it was essentially The Roots sampling themselves. You can think of this as a Black Thought solo album produced by The Roots. In doing this approach, it loses some of the feel and synergy of previous Roots albums. Whereas "Essaywhuman????!???" from Organix and Do You Want More was the epitome of band and MCs blending into one voice, this is the flipside...but I digress. Okay, track by track review time:

1-(103) Star/Pointro: This track sets the tempo and manifesto for this album, in a much more overt way than the previous albums' intros. From the top, Black Thought is killing it over a Sly and The Family Stone sample, "Everybody Wants to Be a Star"...
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I dig The Roots a lot. I come from a jazz background and their sheer sound grabbed me from the first notes of "Do You Want More". The cool vibe, the jazz guests like Steve Coleman, and Questlove's sound behind the drum kit, coupled with solid MCs sold me on the group right away. That will probably always be my favorite album by them and for me represents the road not taken. Since that point they've sought to season their sound with some elements the mainstream can dig, while staying true to their mission as artists.

People rating "Tipping Point" are coming at it in two ways. Is it the best thing coming out right now? Is it the best work the Roots can do?

As far as stuff coming out right now, I think this is a really solid album. I like it better than Kanye West's album, although I do dig that too. I like it almost as much as Cee Lo's new album, and I listen to it almost as much as I do Speakerboxx/Love Below. On sheer sound, I'd put it in that company as one of the best hip-hop albums to come out this year. For me, "Don't Say Nuthin" is the weakest track on the album, and I'm saddened that's the single they're pushing out. "Guns Are Drawn" would have been a better cut with its chunky guitar lick, and its tight hook. But there's lots of solid tracks. "Web" followed by "Boom" is Black Thought spittin' fire and giving props to his elders. I also dig the two bonus tracks. The "Din Daa Daa" jam at the end gives a quick glimpse at how these guys can improvise and just flow when they set their mind to it. And I dig the Dave Chappelle cameo. Like I said, there's lots of good music here.
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