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The Roots
The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point by hip-hop heroes, the Roots, takes its name from the Malcolm Gladwell book of the same name. The book tries to explain the knock-on effects of small social changes. The Roots build on the themes to rapping about politics and society, bringing funk, jazz and pop influences into their sound. The Tipping Point was originally released in 2004 as the follow-up to Phrenology.
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Illadelph Halflife

Originally released in 1996, Illadelph Halflife was the third studio album from one of the definers of the hip hop genre The Roots. After 19 albums and countless co-productions with everyone from Erykah Badu to Elvis Costello it’s a great treat to head back to the jazzy sampling roots of The Roots.
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Undun

Undone by The Roots was their 10th album. It’s a concept album telling the story of the fictional Redford Stevens and his struggle through poverty and his tragic death, starting at the end and working backwards. It was Grammy nominated for Best Rap Album and praised by critics. You don’t need me to tell you that last bit though, do you? We all know The Roots are cool. Reissue LP on Def Jam.
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And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

Questo, Black Thought and the rest of the fantastic Roots started flirting with the concept album in their early days, but became a formal prog-rap act with Undun, a record with a reverse-chronological narrative. Their new record, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, goes even further into the depths of avant-garde, pushing free-form in among their accomplished full-band hip-hop sound.
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