Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. 1

Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. 1

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by The Roots
     
 

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Unquestionably hip-hop's greatest live band, and one of the best current live bands of any genre, Philadelphia's Roots move effortlessly through the history of funk, R&B, and hip-hop, mingling styles within and among songs but still sounding like themselves: a gritty band of socially conscious rabble-rousers eager to stretch out a song into a jam, eager to collaborate

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Unquestionably hip-hop's greatest live band, and one of the best current live bands of any genre, Philadelphia's Roots move effortlessly through the history of funk, R&B, and hip-hop, mingling styles within and among songs but still sounding like themselves: a gritty band of socially conscious rabble-rousers eager to stretch out a song into a jam, eager to collaborate, eager to confound the expectations of sample-happy hip-hop purists. The two volumes of Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots survey the Roots' career, which began in 1987 when drummer ?uestlove (Ahmir Thompson) teamed with rapper Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) to perform on Philly street corners. The Beginner's Guides, each nearly 80 minutes, compile tracks from throughout the band's career, including healthy doses of remixes, live tracks, and other non-LP tracks, all thoroughly annotated in ?uestlove's extensive, anecdotal liner notes. Highlights of Volume One include "You Got Me," the Jill Scott version of the neo-soul hit that was originally released with backup vocals by Erykah Badu; "What You Want," the collaboration with Jaguar Wright that appeared in the film The Best Man; guest appearances from Common, Mos Def, and D'Angelo; and Roots staples such as "The Next Movement" and "Star." The two volumes are equally essential: Beginners will understand the breadth of the Roots' achievement, while aficionados will love the depth provided by the previously unreleased tracks. No matter how long you've been a fan, however, the Roots always leave you wanting more.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2005
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602498869352
catalogNumber:
000567002

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roots   Primary Artist
ELO   Track Performer
AJ Shine   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Roy Ayers   Composer
James Poyser   Composer
Richard Nichols   Executive Producer
Roots   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer
Sayeedah   Composer
?uestlove   Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Smart Abdul-Basit   Composer
Mike Lowe   Composer,Producer
Nancy Jimenez   Art Direction
Jaguar Wright   Composer
Randy Watson Experience   Producer
Mark Barnes   Marketing Coordinator
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer

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Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
wblk More than 1 year ago
A hip-hop collector's item....