Feb 1, 2015

The Roots

In 1993 while I was in New York shopping for audio cassettes, the colors black and white struck me with regards to the group.

I had never seen or heard anything about The Roots until I walked into that New York record store. In league with AC/DC, Prince and Metallica, I saw the Organix audio cassette. I was curious about it but didn’t press the issue.

Everyone around me was going nuts over Distortion to Static and I just wasn't on board. We'd watch the video and I wasn't moved as much as them. Some of my friends went looking for the 12" single and I again didn't feel it as strong. They'd have to do better than that.  

All that went out the window after I heard Illadelph Halflife. Once I got slapped in the face with Respond/React, What They Do, Clones and Concerto of a Desperado, I made sure I got a copy of Do You Want More. They got the answer in reverse.

I guess what concerned me is the direction The Roots has gone over the last few albums. From Game Theory to Rising Down, they have gotten darker and barely recognizable as hip hop. Yet, I still want to hear whatever they put out.

Illadelph Halflife is one of those albums that take you back in time and you remember the glory days of hip hop. Thank goodness I learned my lesson before Dynamite on Things Fall Apart!

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Check out the player below as well as the more recent playlists.

The Suite Delight - May 27, 2014 Playlist:

1. Quantic & Anita Tijoux - Doo Wop (That Thing)
2. Sola Rosa - Turn Around Ft. Iva Lamkum (DJ Vadim Remix)
3. The Seatbelts - Cat Blues (Mr. Scruff Remix)
4. James Brown - Funky Drummer
5. The Cactus Channel - Wooden Boy (Part 1)
6. The Roots – Don't Feel Right feat. Maimouna Youssef
7. J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Love Movin' feat. Black Thought
8. Nas - It Ain't Hard to Tell
9. Termanology - How We Rock Feat. Bun B
10. Marco Polo - Lay It Down Feat. Roc Marciano
11. Buff1 - Never Fall feat. Black Milk
12. The Extremities - New Season feat. Ohmega Watts & Moka Only
13. Lords Of The Underground - Tic Toc (Remix)
14. Lone Catalysts - The Ultimate (Kev Brown Remix)

The Suite Delight - 2014-05-13 Playlist:

1. Ice Cube - Check Yo Self (Remix) feat. Das-Efx
2. Kurious - Baby Bust It
3. De La Soul - Breakadawn
4. Gang Starr - Code of the Streets
5. Souls of Mischief - That's When Ya Lost
6. Del - Mistadobalina (Remix)
7. Snoop Dogg - Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None)
8. Keith Murray - Incredible feat. LL Cool J
9. Jay-Z - (Always Be My) Sunshine featuring Babyface & Foxy Brown
10. Queen Latifah - Latifah's Had It Up 2 Here
11. The Roots - Adrenaline
12. Poor Righteous Teachers - Rock Dis Funky Joint
13. Digable Planets ‎– 9th Wonder (Blackitolism)
14. Camp Lo - Luchini (This Is It)

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