The Roots are known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments  and the group's work has consistently been met with critical acclaim. Their first organized gig was a talent show in at the school where they used the name Radio Activity, which began a series of name changes that progressed through Black to the Future and then The Square Roots. In , they dropped the "Square" from "Square Roots" because a local folk group had claim to the name. Unable to break through in their native Philadelphia, the band briefly moved to London , where they would release their debut, Organix. The album was released and sold independently. In the span of a year, the band developed a cult following in Europe, boosted by touring. During the recording process, beatboxer Rahzel and keyboardist Scott Storch , joined the band. The album's opening track features Black Thought introducing the band's sound as "organic hip hop jazz," and indeed; the album is characterized by a combination of contemporary East Coast hip hop and jazz influences, with a heavy reliance on Storch's Fender Rhodes and the occasional saxophone of guest musician Steve Coleman. The album spawned three singles with accompanying videos: "Proceed," "Distortion to Static," and "Silent Treatment.
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Throughout their whole career, The Roots have captured with style and grace the essence of true Hip Hop, using live instrumentation, intelligent lyrics and masterful rhythmic engineering. Great throwback Hip Hop track. From The Roots seventh studio album Game Theory.
With a sound built on jazz mixed with insightful hip-hop bars, The Roots crew is arguably the important hip-hop live band period. Long before they were the house band on one of the most popular late night shows on television, The Roots were winning hearts and minds of hip-hop heads on different stages. Now ten-plus albums in, The Roots are Hall of Fame status, both literally and in the hearts of their fans. Give them a listen and get your ass to the Ogden on Sunday. This track proved Thought has the gusto, raps and stamina to take any M. As anyone who has a love affair with Golden Era hip-hop will tell you, hip-hop purists have a hard time with change. The Roots paired up with Raphael Saadiq on this track to take it back to the old school but with twist enough to push their sound out of the comfort zone. These days you can find a thousand hip-hop songs that reference the art of rap as a love affair. Black Thought does a great job of stretching his voice on this one, a song about truly overcoming strife. This track dropped when The Roots were locked into the mainstream and had defined their methods as a live band with precision.