Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. 2

Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. 2

by The Roots
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 Two include an electro-tinged remix of "Don't Say Nuthin'" that bests the mumbling original, a dub version of "Break You Off," and a pair of stellar live radio performances, "Sacrifice" and a mind-blowing 16-minute medley of "The Seed/Melting Pot/Web." The two volumes are equally essential: Beginners will understand the breadth of the Roots' achievement; aficionados will love the depth provided by the non-LP tracks. No matter how long you've been a fan, however, the Roots always leave you wanting more.

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Release Date:
11/15/2005
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602498869369
catalogNumber:
000567102
Rank:
139629

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