I was put onto the roots a couple years back. Their blend of hip hop with live instrumentals gives them that distinct sound and sets them apart from the other groups we hear polluting the sound waves.
The Grammy award-winning group has just released their 10th album release, Rising Down. The title comes from William T. Vollmann’s treatise on violence entitled Rising Up and Rising Down.
In my opinion this is probably their most politically influenced album yet, but don’t take that the wrong way, there are plenty of upper tracks with head bobbing beats.
The album contains a large number of guest vocalists like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), and the album has a more synthy sound than their previous ones. All in all this is a must have for your music collection.
What this means to you: The Roots create hip hop in its purest form and Rising Down is an instant classic.
Cost: $10 Amazon