The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point

by The Roots


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The Tipping Point

The Roots' sixth studio album takes its name from a Malcolm Gladwell book about how ideas, trends, and social behaviors reach a point where they "tip" and cross into the mainstream. It's an apt title for the Philadelphia hip-hop band to use, as they attempt to match their previous musical innovation with commercial success. The quartet, along with a revolving list of contributing musicians and rappers, have done away with the self-indulgent frills of past efforts, offering a lean ten songs (plus two hidden tracks) of progressive beats steeped in hip-hop tradition. Samples pepper the mix more prominently than ever -- Sly & the Family Stone's "Everybody Is a Star" propels the disc opener, "Star," and on the hepcat vibe of "Stay Cool," jazz hornman Al Hirt's "Harlem Hendo" (used previously on De La Soul's "Ego Trippin' Part 2") gets beat-jacked to wicked effect. Both tracks are testament to the group's eye toward racing up the charts without compromising their hip-hop-nerd approach. And although the disc relies heavily on radio-friendly mid-tempo grooves and crooned choruses, rapper Black Thought balances the smooth textures with his rugged bombast. He unleashes eerie imitations of Big Daddy Kane and Kool G. Rap ("Boom"), criticizes U.S. politics ("Guns Are Drawn"), and flows rhythmically over a sinister backdrop ("Don't Say Nuthin' "). While other, lesser rap acts rely on hot producers to add a crunk song to the mix, on The Tipping Point, the Roots follow the only formula they seem to know: making music that's relevant, catchy, and visionary at the same time.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2004
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602498623763
catalogNumber: 000257302
Rank: 106210


  1. Star/Pointro
  2. I Don't Care
  3. Don't Say Nuthin'
  4. Guns Are Drawn
  5. Stay Cool
  6. Web
  7. BOOM!
  8. Somebody's Gotta Do It
  9. Duck Down!
  10. Why (What's Goin On?)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roots   Primary Artist
Black Thought   Vocals,Group Member
Anthony Tidd   Track Performer
Kevin Hanson   Track Performer
Omar Edwards   Track Performer
Adam Blackstone   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Cindy Walker   Composer
Ron L. Hubbard   Composer
Jon Smeltz   Engineer
Richard Nichols   Producer,Executive Producer
A.P. Thompson   Composer
Anthony Tidd   Producer
Tariq Trotter   Composer
Warren Thompson   Composer
Charles Douglas   Composer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Robert "LB" Dorsey   Producer
Tahir Jamal   Producer
Zoukhan   Producer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer

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The Tipping Point 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The CD is hot, a must buy! The Roots is true form of hip-hop in it's purest, rawest form. Support the artist and don't download. If you do download, buy the album anyway cause it is hot if you are a roots fan. Redd
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Roots hit it again with their latest album. Like all their previous albums, they bring their own flavor to hip hop. Sick of the radio posers I hear on mainstream stations everyday, The Tipping Point is a release from those superficial beats. They keep it real with true underground rhythm and lyrics that made them famous in the first place. This album only has 10 tracks, but its more complete than most CD's out there. You can play it all the way through with never thinking about hitting the skip button. The last song on the album, Why, is so smooth and solid. How it reflects on North Philly life hits home so hard, but everyone goin through struggles can appreciate the message. The whole album contains lyrics that make you think, make you want to get up and do something- come one, its The Roots, did you expect anything less? If you love true hip hop you'll feel empty without this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Roots are truly an innovative hip hop band. They're constantly moving forward. It's really hard to pidgeon hole this band into a real category. I really probably should have stated that this group is just one awesome Band! The Tipping Point CD is proof of their master musicianship! Listen to this CD you won't believe your ears. I love the way they fused Sly Stone's "Everybody is a Star" song to work with their groove--Powerful! The song they did with Devin the Dude -excellent. Actually all of the songs are really good. Black Thought is just one powerful rapper with a great flow and great rhymes. ?qestlove i can really feel your beats--awesome! I really love this CD. The Roots just generate excitement with their music; and the anticipation is over with the fantastic-- The Tipping Point. Go and buy this one for sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do I care about critics? no. Can they do wrong in 2004, after 5 other classics? no. I don't see what isn't dope about the album. A nice sample 'star' as the opening, a nice (kind of southern) banger that also is a dope tune 'duck down', a streettrack 'don't say nuttin', a partytrack 'boom', a soulfull, calm 'somebody gotta do it', a tribute to their 'mic' and a funky damngood 'guns are drawn' as first seven tracks. Another creative roots album? yeih. So get this definated new hotness or keep listening to oldness thinking 2004 brings no real hip-hop no more. peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Thought once again pulls through with solid lyrical content and amazing flow. the hooks are great and soulful and the beats are hard hitting sometimes and soft and yet rhythmic at other times. highly reccomended