10. The Roots

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Things Fall Apart

  • MCA

In contrast to so many flavor-of-the-week hip-hop acts, Philadelphia's Roots throw down mind-spinning rhymes and a real musical vision that sets them apart from the crowd. Things Fall Apart ? the title is derived from a Chinua Achebe novel and Yeats' poem ?The Second Coming? ? casts the Roots as progressive idealists. The soul-stirring collaboration with Erykah Badu on the magnificent lead single ?You Got Me? speaks volumes about The Roots ability to break down musical barriers.

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