The Roots The Roots Come Alive

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The Roots Come Alive
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  • Released: November 2, 1999
  • Label: MCA

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 11/25/99, p.104
3.5 stars out of 5 - "...creates a charged atmosphere that's more like a block party or community rally than a concert....[This album] captures that charisma..."
Spin - 2/00, pp.114-5
6 out of 10 - "...splits generous joints among New York City and safe European homes like Zurich and Paris...it's Welcome to the Hipsterdome..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/12/99, p.82
"...captures the Roots' onstage sweat and passion. Even better, their indulgent instrumental solos are edited out, and new studio songs are added for good measure." - Rating: A-
CMJ - 11/8/99, p.26
"...unquestionably one of the hottest live acts in hip-hop....does a bang-up job of documenting the experience of being at one of their shows. The album features a variety of tracks that cover the entire span of the band's career..."
Vibe - 12/99, p.263
"...better than any backstage pass....the organic rap troop unconsciously erase the barrier between no-nonsense B-boy anthems...and avant-garde jazz jams...with veteran musicianship..."

Tracks:

  • 1.Live at the T-Connection
  • 2.The Next Movement
  • 3.Step Into the Realm
  • 4.Proceed
  • 5.Mellow My Man / Jusufckwithis
  • 6.Love of My Life - (featuring Common)
  • 7.The Ultimate
  • 8.Don't See Us
  • 9.100% Dundee
  • 10.Adrenaline!
  • 11.Esaywhuman?!!
  • 12.Silent Treatment
  • 13.The Notic
  • 14.You Got Me - (featuring Jill Scott)
  • 15.What You Want
  • 16.We Got You - (featuring Jaguar)
  • 17.Lesson Part III, The (It's Over Now) - (featuring Jaguar)

Product Description:

This is an enhanced CD, which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
The Roots: Black Thought, Malik B. (rap vocals); Scratch, Rahzel The Godfather Of Noize (rap vocals, vocal effects); Kamal (keyboards); Leonard Hubbard (bass); ?uestlove (drums).
Additional Personnel: Jill Scott (vocals); Common, Jaguar, Dice Raw (rap vocals); Craig Harris (trombone); James Poyser (piano); Scott Storch (keyboards).
Producers: Grand Wizards, Richard Nichols, Scott Stortch, Mike Lowe, James Poyser.
Engineers: Jon Smeltz, Russel Elevado, Tom Soares.
Recorded at Palais X-tra Zurich, Switzerland; Bowery Ballroom, New York, New York; Elysee Mountmartre, Paris, France; The Old Hit Factory, New York, New York.
THE ROOTS COME ALIVE contains an enhanced CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
The Roots: Black Thought, Malik B. (rap vocals); Scratch, Rahzel The Godfather Of Noize (rap vocals, vocal effects); Kamal (keyboards); Leonard Hubbard (bass); ?uestlove (drums).
Additional Personnel: Jill Scott (vocals); Common, Jaguar, Dice Raw (rap vocals); Craig Harris (trombone); James Poyser (piano); Scott Storch (keyboards)
Producers: Grand Wizards, Richard Nichols, Scott Stortch, Mike Lowe, James Poyser.
Engineers: Jon Smeltz, Russel Elevado, Tom Soares.
Recorded at Palais X-tra Zurich, Switzerland; Bowery Ballroom, New York, New York; Elysee Mountmartre, Paris, France; The Old Hit Factory, New York, New York.
The Roots are an anomaly in the world of hip-hop--instead of relying on outside producers and a bevy of loops and samples to create their sound, they do it all themselves. As a self-contained band whose instrumental prowess and interaction is a key part of their sound, the Roots stand to benefit greatly from a live album (another rarity in rap music). Accordingly, COME ALIVE shows off the group's talents in their best light. The bass and drums are locked in together with a funky spontaneity impossible to obtain from a sample or a loop, and the vocals intermingle freely with the rhythms set up by the band. Some guests show up (Common on "Love of My Life," Jill Scott on "You Got Me"), but given the rapport the Roots display with their audience, it's clear that they need no one's help to make their music travel from the stage to the furthest reaches of the rafters.

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  • UPC: 008811205928
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