The Roots

Updated June 26, 2020 | 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. Lead emcee Black Thought, drummer ?uestlove and beatbox man Rahzel “The Godfather of Noyze” make their music and rhythms run seamlessly, cresting with the killer groove of “Ain't Sayin' Nothin New,” and the hip-hop paean “Act Too (The Love of My Life).” But it's the soul-stirring collaboration with Erykah Badu on the magnificent lead single “You Got Me,” that may say the most about The Roots ability to break down musical barriers.

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