The Roots

You can always count on this band to buck the prevailing trends in hip hop/R&B/soul music genres. Though they have signed with the Def Jam label it has not altered their brand, style or sound of music. They have remained true to the type of original sounding music they have become well known for. What will catch your ears' attention immediately is the darkness of the album. Every song seems to have some sadness attached to it. As always the band is lyrically socially conscious with songs that deal with politics and the general state of the world. It is definitely an album that has a theme running through it, which is quite rare nowadays, and begs to be listened to as a whole and not as individual tracks.

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