The Roots Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Volume 1
- Released: November 15, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Geffen Records
Entertainment Weekly - p.89"The virtuosic jazz-inspired and soul-spiked singles of VOL. ONE are a better listening experience than any of their six albums..." -- Grade: A-
Uncut - p.854 stars out of 5 -- "They've successfully maneuvered their live hip hop sound around the acid-jazz ghetto and neo-soul cliches...with straight-up head-nodders coming to the rescue."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1093 stars out of 5 -- "Label-bosses rarely appreciate such fearlessness and invention, but here are 30 strong reasons why The Roots remain hip hop's very own Arkestra."
- 1.No Hometro / Proceed 2 - (remix)
- 2.Distortion to Static - (Black Thought mix)
- 3.What They Do
- 4.The Next Movement
- 5.Good Music
- 6.The Lesson
- 8.The Hypnotic
- 9.Silent Treatment
- 10.You Got Me - (Black Thought mix)
- 11.Clones - (featuring Mars / Dice Raw)
- 12.What You Want
- 13.Act Too (Love of My Life)
- 14.Do You Want More?!!!??!
- 15.It's Comin' - (featuring ELO/AJ Shine)
- 16.Double Trouble
The Roots: Black Thought.
Additional personnel: Common, Jill Scott, Roy Ayers.
With their organic, live sound, laid-back jazzy grooves, and fierce intelligence, the Roots have been the kings of alternative hip-hop since they appeared on the scene in the early 1990s. HOMEGROWN! is a collection of outtakes, live recordings, remixes, BBC sessions, and other oddities that span the group's career up to the mid-2000s. Not surprisingly, given the Roots' musicianship, a great deal of the material is top-notch, and the best of it highlights the band's brilliant inventiveness as well as their unabashed love of hip-hop's rich past. In addition to the beats, drummer and band historian ?estlove provides exhaustive track-by-track liner notes.
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