Things Fall Apart

Release date
4 May 2004
Running length
18 tracks
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1 The Roots - Act Won (Things Fall Apart) (Album Version (Explicit)) 0:54 242
2 The Roots - Table Of Contents (Parts 1 & 2) (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:37 226
3 DJ Jazzy Jeff - The Next Movement (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:10 14
4 The Roots - Step Into The Relm (Album Version (Explicit)) 2:49 206
5 The Roots - The Spark (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:52 211
6 The Roots - Dynamite! (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:46 223
7 The Roots - Without A Doubt (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:14 163
8 The Roots - Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:34 186
9 The Roots - Double Trouble (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:51 157
10 The Roots - Act Too (The Love Of My Life) (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:55 54
11 The Roots - 100% Dundee (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:53 207
12 The Roots - Diedre Vs. Dice (Album Version (Explicit)) 0:47 130
13 The Roots - Adrenaline! (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:28 129
14 The Roots - 3rd Acts: ? Vs. Scratch 2 ... Electric Boogaloo (Album Version (Explicit)) 0:51 43
15 The Roots - You Got Me (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:19 242
16 The Roots - Don't See Us (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:30 132
17 The Roots - The Return To Innocence Lost (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:41 103
18 The Roots - Act Fore...The End? (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:45 26

About this album

The classic Roots LP that is perhaps their best loved work and it’s easy to see why. It has litle of the difficult lyrics and dark music of later genius like Game Theory and is not too experimental for the more narrow minded hip hop fans like Phrenology was. Updating the live jazzy sound of earlier work and introducing ever improving songwriting and a fine use of guests of some renown, Common, Mos Def and Dice Raw all add something to the record. It is the mighty Erykah Badu who steals the show on the guest front though with her contribution on the records best known track “You Got Me”. A hip hop classic that started to show what a great band The Roots are and continue to be. I would say if you are looking to start a Roots collection this is where I would start as a best example of the core sound of the band.

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