Things Fall Apart

The Roots - Things Fall Apart
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Based on 6 reviews
1999 Ratings: #6 / 98
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Based on 163 ratings
1999 Ratings: #6
February 23, 1999 / Release Date
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Sadvilliany
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In the 90s hip-hop scene, The Roots struggled to define their sound in Organix, Illadelph Halflife, and Do You Want More. Things Fall Apart is somewhat based on Chinua Achebe's classic novel about savagery and the mistreatment of humanity, this is seen through the album cover (which is one of my favorites of all time lol) and certain politically sound tracks. On this album, The Roots make a name for themselves in the revolutionary hip-hop era that was the 90s. Their implementations of jazz was ... read more
luna128
85
The Roots were always an unorthodox band, to begin with. Their previous major label releases included the strange but conventionally marketable Do You Want More?!?1? where strong beats and the early formations of contemporary jazz rap launched them into moderate success, no doubt helped by their appearance at Lollapolooza the year of release. It's a solid record, but I can only imagine the bandmates didn't just want success, they wanted to make a real statement. Thusly, with their next record, ... read more
amygoodall
86
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dovid_h
91
Oh my god why are the roots so good?
97
Before there was to pimp a butterfly, there was things fall apart.
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Track List

  1. Act Won (Things Fall Apart) 
  2. Table of Contents, Pts. 1-2 
  3. The Next Movement 
  4. Step into the Realm 
  5. The Spark 
  6. Dynamite! 
  7. Without a Doubt 
  8. Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New
  9. Double Trouble 
  10. Act Too (Love of My Life) 
  11. 100% Dundee 
  12. Diedre Vs. Dice 
  13. Adrenaline! 
  14. 3rd Acts: ? Vs. Scratch 2...Electric Boogaloo 1
  15. You Got Me 
  16. Don't See Us 
  17. The Return to Innocence Lost
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