The Roots Phrenology

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  • Released: November 26, 2002
  • Label: MCA

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 12/26/02, p.108
Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"
Rolling Stone - 12/12/02, p.94
"...Strikes a very funky balance between righteousness and humor, between headbanging grooves and truth-telling..."
Spin - 1/03, p.71
Ranked #16 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...This fast, funky, fuming album bears as much relation to 'jazz rap' as a Hyundai Elantra does to a muscle car..."
Spin - p.102
"[T]he band play furious, funky, and abstract with aplomb."
Q - 01/01/04, p.80
Ranked #19 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003" - "[A] widescreen vision that suggested the Beastie Boys at their most eclectic..."
Q - 01/01/04, p.80
Ranked #19 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003" - "[A] widescreen vision that suggested the Beastie Boys at their
Uncut - 2/03, p.86
3 stars out of 5 - "...[They have] a willingness to push the envelope of their organic jazz rap that leaves the competition standing..."
CMJ - 12/9/02
"...The group adds yet another genre to a growing list of covered sonic territory that already includes Jazz, Soul, Funk and Blues: the blazing first full track, 'Rock You,' says it all..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 1/03, p.73
Ranked #6 in Mojo's "Best Urban Albums of 2002"

Tracks:

  • 1.Phrentrow
  • 2.Rock You
  • 3.!!!!!
  • 4.Sacrifice - (featuring Nelly Furtado)
  • 5.Rolling With Heat - (featuring Talib Kweli)
  • 6.WAOK Roll Call
  • 7.Thought @ Work
  • 8.Seed 2.0, The - (with Cody Chesnutt)
  • 9.Break You Off - (featuring Musiq)
  • 10.Water
  • 11.Quills
  • 12.Pussy Galore
  • 13.Complexity - (featuring Jill Scott)
  • 14.Something In The Way Of Things (In Town) - (featuring Amiri Baraka)
  • 15.(untitled) - (hidden track)
  • 16.(untitled) - (hidden track)
  • 17.(untitled) - (hidden track)
  • 18.(untitled) - (hidden track)

Product Description:

The Roots: Black Thought, ?uestlove, Leonard Hubbard, Kamal The Klanger, Scratch, Ben Kenney.
Additional personnel includes: Musiq, Nelly Furtado, Cody Chestnutt, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli (vocals); James "Blood" Ulmer, Jeff Lee Johnson (guitar); Sarah Chun, Nuah Vi, Ken Golder, Michelle Golder (cello); James Poyser (Moog synthesizer); Knuckles (percussion); Tracey Moore (background vocals); Alicia Keys.
Producers include: The Grand Wizzards, Kamiah Gray, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Cody Chesnutt, Tahir.
PHRENOLOGY was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
Includes DVD disc.
The Roots: Black Thought, ?uestlove, Leonard Hubbard, Kamal The Klanger, Scratch, Ben Kenney.
Additional personnel includes: Musiq, Nelly Furtado, Cody Chestnutt, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli (vocals); James "Blood" Ulmer, Jeff Lee Johnson (guitar); Sarah Chun, Nuah Vi, Ken Golder, Michelle Golder (cello); James Poyser (Moog synthesizer); Knuckles (percussion); Tracey Moore (background vocals); Alicia Keys.
Producers include: The Grand Wizzards, Kamiah Gray, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Cody Chesnutt, Tahir.
PHRENOLOGY was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
Personnel: Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Black Thought (vocals); James Blood Ulmer, Jef Lee Johnson (guitar); Nuah Vi, Sarah Chun, Michelle Golder (cello); James Poyser (strings, Moog synthesizer); Kamiah "Little Klang" Gray (keyboards); Omar Edwards (ARP synthesizer); ?uestlove, Rahzel (drums); Nelly Furtado (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jason Goldstein; Tom Coyne; Jeff Chestek; ?uestlove; Richard Nichols; Ben Kenney; Bob Power.
Recording information: ?uest's Fruits And Berry Ranch (06/2000-09/2002); A House Called Quest, Illadelph, PA (06/2000-09/2002); Battery Studio, NY, NY (06/2000-09/2002); Electric Lady Studios, NY, NY (06/2000-09/2002); Encore Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/2000-09/2002); Enterprise studios, Burbank, CA (06/2000-09/2002); Motive Studios, The Studio (06/2000-09/2002); Sony Studios, NY, NY (06/2000-09/2002); The Studio, Illadelph, PA (06/2000-09/2002).
Illustrator: Tom "Evil Prints" Huck.
Unknown Contributor Roles: ?uestlove; Malik B.; Alicia Keys; Mos Def; Ursula Rucker; Omar Edwards.
Beloved by both the critical intelligentsia and hardcore hip-hop fans, the Roots have made their mark straddling the worlds of rap and soul while being one of the few acts to mine beats and rhymes with the aid of live instrumentation. The three-year gap between 1999's studio effort THINGS FALL APART and 2002's PHRENOLOGY is ended with a platter's worth of hip-hop manna spiced up by guest appearances that lean more toward organic collaboration versus cynical marketing manipulation. Head MC Black Thought leads the charge as he manages to wax poetic about the drug problems of running buddy Malik B on the irresistibly funky "Water" (featuring riffs by guitar great James "Blood" Ulmer). Among the guests who meet this creative high water mark are Talib Kweli (the crisply delivered "Rolling With Heat"), Nelly Furtado (the sweet and sharp "Sacrifice"), and fellow Philly fanatic Jill Scott (the soulful "Complexity"). Lucky fans who pick up the limited edition version of PHRENOLOGY get treated to a bonus DVD featuring live footage of "The Ultimate" and "Double Trouble" taken from the MTV2 $2Bill Show.
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