Illadelph Halflife

The Roots - Illadelph Halflife
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1996 Ratings: #37 / 66
User Score
Based on 259 ratings
1996 Ratings: #10
Liked by 16 people
September 24, 1996 / Release Date
LP / Format
DGC / Label
The Grand Negaz, Kelo, Questlove / Producer / Website
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Illadelph Halflife, the third album from The Roots, brings in plenty more traditional hip hop sounds and a much grittier feel compared to the loose and relaxed Do You Want More?!!!??! without sacrificing a shred of the quality from that outing. There is still a band-like feeling to what The Roots produce here, even if the jazzier elements are far more subtle compared to rhythmic drum machine patterns and classic hip hop beats. This does tend to give the album a less natural feeling and detracts ... read more


Although not my favorite The Roots record, Illadelph Halflife is still a great record by the group offering a more smooth and mellow soundscape which they incorporate well within they style for great lyrics and the production truly outshining. With so many amazing features and classic tracks from the east coast hip hop scene, such as What They Do, Clones and Respond / React., I am nether suprised to see why it is a lot of people;s favorite The Roots record.

Track Review

Intro 7/10
Respond ... read more


Summer Listening Series: #12
It’s some pretty good classic hip hop with a lot of strong moments but also a lot of forgettable ones. The tracks kinda merged together in my mind after a while. There’s a lot of Jazz, Soul and Funk inspiration which makes for a nice listen but I kinda find myself with nothing really to say about it, it’s was just.. good.
When Bahamadia appeared out of nowhere on one of the tracks I got quite excited though, she wasn’t credited in the song I ... read more


kind of a step back from the first album IMO. borderline, a disapointment?!!!??!




Gave this a relisten and it's just as amazing as I remember. Honestly one of the best produced hip-hop albums full stop and possibly my favourite Roots album as well. Top tier stuff

Fav Track: Clones

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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Respond / React
  3. Section
  4. Panic!!!!!!
  5. It Just Don't Stop
  6. Episodes (featuring Dice Raw)
  7. Push Up Ya Lighter (featuring Bahamadia)
  8. What They Do (featuring Raphael Saadiq)
  9. ? Vs. Scratch
  10. Concerto Of The Desperado
  11. Clones (featuring Dice Raw, M.A.R.S.)
  12. UNIverse At War (featuring Common)
  13. No Alibi
  14. Dave Vs. US
  15. No Great Pretender
  16. The Hypnotic (featuring D'Angelo)
  17. Ital (The Universal Side) (featuring Q-Tip)
  18. One Shine (featuring Joshua Redman, Cassandra Wilson)
  19. The Adventures In Wonderland (featuring Ursula Rucker)
  20. Outro  

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Added on: June 21, 2013