Monday, February 23, 2009

Things Fall Apart At 10

Ah, The Roots. The Legendary based out of Philly have been doin' their thang now for almost 20 years--?uestlove and Black Thought. The Legendary collective have been known to break the barriers of the Hip-Hop scene with their own original, creative style and Thought's battle-style lyrical flow. From jazzy to alternative Hip-Hop styles, The Legendary strives to push along whoever comes their way...and they ain't damn afraid of it.

The Roots are also known for their ill concerts. If you ever been to one or any, you know what's up...

Today, marks The Roots' 4th studio album, Things Fall Apart, at 10. The album, named after a novel by Chinua Achebe, of the same title, came to be their breakthrough album of 1999. It peaked number 4 on the Billboard 200 charts and earning a gold record, which signified U.S. sales of at least 500,000 copies (currently, it has sold more than 900,000.) The track, You Got Me, off the LP peaked inside the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and earned them a Grammy award for Best Performance By A Duo Or Group.

Unlike their previous LP's, Things Fall Apart wasn't as jazzy, instead it incorporated more neo-soul influences.

So, if you haven't gotten this already, pick it up. It's worth the listen and very much a keeper.

I've also managed to grab this off from Okayplayer which they posted awhile back ago. This is a promo only mixtape-preview of Things Fall Apart mixed by DJ Jazzy Jeff and it's available here for FREE, just click the cover for the jump...

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