The Roots - How I Got Over

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Seemingly finding a 25th hour to record, How I Got Over proves that no matter how much time the septet spends on stages, they still feel what's happening in the lives of their audiences.

At a time in Hip Hop where every mainstream artist wants a concept album, The Roots have been engineering thematic offerings since Things Fall Apart. It seems that the busier the Philadelphia band becomes, the more creative they get. How I Got Over represents The Roots’ first album recorded almost entirely during their nightly role as house band to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. However, the group’s third Def Jam release is as dynamic, deep and diverse as they’ve gone to date. Seemingly finding a 25th hour to record, How I Got Over proves that no matter how much time the septet spends on stages, they still feel what's happening in the lives of their audience.

Rather than looking to Hip Hop for inspiration as they did throughout many of their acclaimed early releases, The Roots use How I Got Over to look to the sky. A key theme within the album is unanswered prayer and solitude. “Walk Alone” echoes both, not with an emo-Pop “woe is me” aesthetic, nor or a Ghostface “catch me in the corner not speakin’” mantra. Instead, the song projects a do-for-self truth that resonates loudly at a time of social isolation in a technologically over-connected world. Musically, "Walk Alone" is as diverse as its message. Each emcee (Black Thought, Truck North, P.O.R.N.) carves their verses with a different level of intensity and relationship to the theme, while Dice Raw’s whimsical chorus almost assures that being alone is okay, if you're prepared for it. “Dear God 2.0” is much more in-your-face. Black Thought carries the weight and shows his own range, rhyming from a blue-collar perspective of the daily stresses of living life in 2010. Much more subdued, the song shares the angst, uncertainty and release with Rap’s pillar classic, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's “The Message.” The title song might tie into the bigger themes, but also show the band’s evolution. Black Thought’s cracked crooning reveals that one of Hip Hop’s true masters of ceremony is not unlike Pharoahe Monch or Cee-Lo in his ability to carry a tune with as much emotion as his rhymes. The song’s chorus, sarcastically stating that “someone has to care,” speaks to society’s lack of compassion. As Black Thought talks about the streets’ live-and-let-die mentality, Dice Raw’s beautiful chorus reminds us that we as teachers are to blame for “not giving a fuck.” The record is at the zeitgeist of youth everywhere, and presented with jazzy high-hats and tangible to both Curtis Mayfield and The Chambers Brothers’ deep influence on Rap.


Within their nearly 20-year-catalog, The Roots’ albums have always been an ensemble cast. While longtime emcee affiliate Malik B is notably absent on How I Got Over, multi-song guests such as Phonte and Blu fit in like Illafifth family. Tigallo and Tariq’s tandem verses on “Now Or Never” and “The Day” make the songs seem like they're chronological, and sequenced to tell a bigger story of progression. Like the last handful of Roots releases, these nuances allow the listener to take guesses at deeper meanings and sources of album and song inspiration. Just as has been the case since Game Theory, Dice Raw proves to be an integral role to The Roots’ growth. On How I Got Over, not as an emcee, but as a singer and songwriter, Dice’s choruses pull this album out of genre, while maintaining vernacular still rooted in Rap. With an extended family atmosphere, this album maintains The Roots’ ability to sound organic, experimental and deeply deliberate at once. The musical highpoint in the album comes courtesy of “Right On,” driven by vocals from hipster-heralded harpist Joanna Newsom. The record has crossover appeal, and beautiful vocal engineering, as ?uestlove proves once again, to be one of the smartest and most far-reaching producers in music.

How I Got Over feels both inspired by the iPod as well as an ode to the turntable. On one hand, The Roots’ influences veer further away from the same emcees they were once sonning on Illadelph Halflife, making them a product of the homogenization of genre. On the other hand, the sum of the contents of this album is exponentially more significant than its parts. Meaning, The Roots made an album that cannot be shuffled, packaged into buzz-singles or understood unless digested over 42 and a half minutes without touching the needle. But Hip Hop’s most beloved band isn’t even talking about music this time. Speaking to all their audiences over the last 23 years, The Roots are as emotionally-tangible as they’ve ever been, and whether it’s debt, depression or Divine intervention, they’re walking over the bridge with us all.

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270 Comments

  • Keletso Ayanda Kgaudi

    sickness

  • jack johnson

    album of 2010 for me, its been a long time since i was able to listen to a new hip hop album all the way through without skipping.

  • Pa'Varis

    How I came over--is the first time I have listen to a whole Root's LP. After my first listening, I am left in awe. It's an amazing album. Five star(Classic)album in my opinion. Should have received more Grammy noms than it received. This album should have took Eminem's Recovery spot in the Album of the year category. Not to take away from Recovery but How I got Over is better.

  • Johnny Harpp

    Hey! Love ‘The Roots’? Opportunity Nation (a non-profit focused on restoring the American Dream) is giving away a trip for two (hotel, airfare, tickets) to Roots Jam, a private VIP invite-only concert series the night before the Grammy’s check it out http://www.opportunitynation.org/.

  • Its Um

    Brought it, 6 months later on this review a 4.5/5.

  • CHUCKDIZZ

    Dope CD from the Legendary Roots Crew. Coming at you with fresh sounds.

  • Bill Real Jones

    just can't stop playing this one and Black Though though supported by a brilliant and illustrious cast refrained from being outshined

  • Narcotix

    I bought this album today and put simply it blew me away, it's already my favourite Roots album. It gets no better than this.

  • STiLLMaTTiK

    Dope Album. Possibly the best I've heard so far in 2010. Played this for some young cats, and they didn't like it. They have corrupted young minds, just what the giant record comapanies want. They rather hear "sex room" and references about big meech and larry hoover, whom they never even heard of, music that no one will listen to in a few months. Roots make classic mucis, LONGEVITY! 4-4.5/5 Favs The Whole album front to back

  • RandomFollowa

    Once again The Roots have done it, they never disappoint.

  • MeThatsWho

    do i really need to give a reason for my rating???

  • Quiet Dog Bite Hard

    I copped How I Got Over & Sir Lucious Left Foot on the same day & I'm loving SLLF, but so far The Roots has had listening priority, can't get enough. Brilliant album again, it just seems to pick up momentum through the album. Real musicians, real effort! For me this year - 1 Distant Relatives 2 How I Got Over 3 Revolution Per Minute 4 Sir Lucious Left Foot

  • Soulful Beats

    The Roots always make good music, even their wackest LP's still shits on most other cats joints.

  • Mattweezy

    Wasnt a ROOTS fan till i heard this....great album...very fresh sound....Black Thought goes hard

  • mannygg22

    this is bumpin damn never been a big Roots fan . dont know why but this cd is sweet

  • G.R.E.A.T. SCOTT

    After Things Fall Apart, I stopped fuckn with the roots like that. It was a good album but...yeah so anyway, this new joint? Is Fuckn Amazing. Tarik has ever been a slouch but on this joint he shows a great deal of focus and direction (as he usually does) but the BEATS compliment the flow moreso than previous years. Best Roots Albm since Illadelph if you asked me. We need more lyricism and dope beats to match. Click the link for an example of what Im talkn' about.

  • DR Jam

    "The song’s chorus, sarcastically stating that “someone has to care,” speaks to society’s lack of compassion. As Black Thought talks about the streets’ live-and-let-die mentality, Dice Raw’s beautiful chorus reminds us that we as teachers are to blame for “not giving a fuck.” The record is at the zeitgeist of youth everywhere, and presented with jazzy high-hats and tangible to both Curtis Mayfield and The Chambers Brothers’ deep influence on Rap." [/quote] It's interesting 'cause I actually feel like when the song says, "someone has to care," it's really me. I have to be the first one to care, and to care the most. We are taught "not to give a fuck," "that type of thinking will lead us nowhere." So I think that it's really more about taking self-ownership, responsibility, and will to do us. And less about blaming society. I took that song personally, so that's how I'd apply it to my life.

  • AssRape

    I like fucking guys in the butthole and even I think this album is great. Great ass fucking lyrics.

  • How I Got Over

    Incredible

  • ..........lllllllllll

    could have been better

  • speakin_tha_truth#53

    their best album to me was tipping point but this album is the shit. support real hip-hop people. buy this album!

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  • ILLMATIC1980

    This album is dope. It speaks to the soul. Its inspirtational. The production and instruments come original. Is it club/radio music? Absolutely not. But thats how some of you novice hip hop fans rate an album, thats a pity. Is it raw street rap? Nope. The Roots go deep, maybe too deep for some of y'all. To each his own, but learn to recognize whats real. And to all you EM Stans, there's one thing I know, it ain't cool being no fool, there's no comparison. Open up your eyes and ears. 4.5-5

  • THE REAL#1STAN

    GOOGOO24 is a faggot

  • Tdotfromdabronx

    It was okay no bangers though was expecting at least one...

  • I SHIT ON NIGGAZ AND BITCHEZ

    never really listened to roots before but after all the reviews had to check it out and im not disappointed at all .dope album for real ,songs are deep and good motivation for anyone who likes rap its a must get. And plus i love the way they switch between songs really nicely, a 4.5 for me

  • Whiterthanmost

    And...oh yeah...illadelphhhhhh!!!!

  • Whiterthanmost

    First of all these are my boys. So, I hold them to higher standard then say...cool nutz (sorry cool nutz). With that being said, this album hit home for me at this point in my life. Real introspective. Obviously it's not something to be bumped from a car BUT it definately will be bumped @ home when the moods right. In my opinion, it's the best since the criminally slept on Tipping Point. P.s. I noticed alotta props given to game theory on here (at least more than I give) ...you boys are making me have to give that a 2nd look....

  • THE REAL#1STAN

    straight fuckin garbage....EMINEMS RECOVERY shits all over this roots record

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  • YardMan

    Hey look the comments made here only serves to show where hiphop is at this point. and the generation of listeners, you see when real hiphop is gonna be trashed for what essentionally is pop music...damn!!! THANK GOD REAL HIPHOP IS STILL BEING MADE!

  • AZMEXICANO

    This cd is not complete isht. It has some very good lyrics and the beats and instruments are nice. But it isnt anywhere near five stars. Keep it real.

  • BIGOLETITTAYYYSS

    LET'S BE HONEST, THIS ALBUM IS COMPLETE SHIT.

  • THESPELLING/GRAMMARCZAR

    COMPLETE SHIT

  • Em fan #1

    Come on HHDX, you telling me the classic that is Recovery is the same level as this trash? This album was boring, uncreative and uninspired. The lyrics were weak, no punchlines, and black thought had to have guest sing the chorus. Come on let's be real nothing but Recovery deserves more then a 3 this year.

    • tha bizness

      The Roots are not a punchline group. They don't make punchline rap. Matter of fact, neither does eminem. If you truly believe that nothing but Recovery deserves more than a 3 this year...you are fucking stupid. Plain and simple.

    • Em fan #1

      Oh shit wasn't done. The flow is wack. I mean damn nigga rap faster. Give me something to think about and relate to when I listen to your music. What horrible flow too. Black Thought and the roots are washed up no wonder they on Jimmy Kimmel or whatever lame ass late night show

  • DR Jam

    Jake Paine, this is a 5/5, period. Nice review though, and you don't even touch on the brilliant productions of tracks like The Fire and Hustla.

  • DR Jam

    One of the best albums of the year, in terms of cohesiveness, theme, and production. Other albums that made me forget about everything else 'cause I only wanted to play them all of the time on repeat and no shuffle are Distant Relatives (Nas & D.Marley), and New America Pt.2 (Erykah Badu). Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid deserves to be among this list, but is a bit more complex so it required me to adjust a bit.

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  • Gods_Son23

    I haven't heard their earlier stuff but this and their last album hasn't made me want to, some good stuff, (nothing has really really grabbed me) and some boring tracks also. Overrated.

    • Gods_Son23

      thanks roc. Heres to some more jay and nas collabs!!!

    • roc-a-fellarecords

      WHOOOOO, MR NaSIR JONES SCHOOLED U BOYS! ITS HIS OPINION, DONT ASSUME HE LOVES WAKA FLOCKA JUST BCUZ HES NOT FEELIN DIS ALBUM

    • Gods_Son23

      Not only is there one fool on my back, another one has decided to jump on. - Apart from not liking this album a lot, neither of you have any idea of what kind of music I like. So by your logic, it seems if you don't love this album then you are into Gucci, and music you can do a "gay jerk dance" to. If you are an actual real hip hop fan, you may realise what my username has in common with a famous rapper, so that already puts your theory to bed. As I said, grow up, music is subjective, get a fucking life and stop assuming shit. There are people I know who love The Roots but ain't loving this album.

    • How I Got Over

      You have a bad taste in music

    • FROSTYTHE SNOWMAN

      nigga, you're a fool. I call it like I see it. This album is REAL, and you call it overrated. Cuz you can't do a gay jerk dance to it its overrated?? Go to school son. Fuckin clown.

    • Gods_Son23

      grow the fuck up.

    • FrostyTheSnowMan

      Thats cuz you're a phony. Go listen to gucci, fuckin clown.

  • Drake Dilla

    On the spiritual tip Roots gets a hats off...pretty good album, just sucks if your going thru it, if anything this will help u, and show How You Got Over...It served me as a wake up call....tho I hate to admit it....this is like The Roots "Morning View" or "Mourning View" album...however u want to look at it...I really love the intro and second half of the LP.....

  • Drake Dilla

    Just cause its a bit depressing...lol

  • Drake Dilla

    Man, I threw in Illadelph halflife last night and was trippin out on how dark and moody that album was, yet dope...Things Fall Apart by far is my fav Roots album of all time, and one of my fav albums of all time...Do you want more? was also a very dope album, classic, mellow, with cool melodies...but since TFA, Phrenology was pretty cool, different yet set a light cool mood, then from there, who knows what the hell happened...they werent terrible they just werent applying love to the music like before...every album after TFA has had its good joints and its so so's so its hard to put a finger on it...yet they are a cool and very talented group, its just that they havent mastered how to balance out their albums...But anyway let me just say, since TFA and maybe Phrenology, I would have to say Rising Down and How I Got Over have come close...But I think this release is the closest since Rising Down....to achieving, yet TFA is a classic hands down and just dope in sooo many ways...This album is like a recovery album, personal, a collection of tracks of our own psyche's what we fear, how society views us in our moment of dispare...And its good, yet it sucks cause im going thru shit right now...lol....Other than that I would prob enjoy this lp completely...But on another note, I love the dope ass intro, and the melodic and more upbeat sound of the second half of this album, the first 5 tracks are a bit depressing if you are not in the right state of mind, but ppl can definately relate to that if your going thru shit, and need God on your side...I know cause Im going on with it...if Wu had a manual before leaving Earth, then this is like a manual for getting over...lol...Anyway I like how they cut out the lil filler track's and actually wrote some songs to relate too...I would prob give this 3.5 or 4 out of 5...I like tracks 1, 7,8,9,10,11,12, an 13 web 20/20 was okay, dont like how its like a sequel track to Tipping Point, and im not a big fan of peedi p, or peedi peanut, or whatever his name is, lol, and hustla, cmon now, it didnt need to be in it, even tho it was kinda funny and dope how they used a baby's voice as a sample for the beat...Anyway since TFA, this album wasnt too bad...Hopefully they can bring some feel good upbeat music on the "next go round"?????? It just sounds like they have subjecting us to sad depressing music since like Phrenlogy or Tipping Point, "Game Theory? How about some Do You Want More, with a splash of TFA???? That would be dope....ANyway I'll prob be back in a bit and give more opinion to this review

  • lyricsorflow

    I actually wanted to give this 4.5. I only skip the web track on this cd. Aside from that it's awesome!!

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  • who? me?

    people need to chill with the hate the roots,drake,wayne,em, and lots of other artists are all talented in there own ways, if u say the roots suck you dont understand music, if you say drake sucks you dont understand music, every artist has somthing they bring to the table and you have to learn how to listen and understand each artist, only the soulja boys,plies (even tho i bump him) the gucci mane and other non talent artists can be talked about in that sense. but its clear that drake can rap and put together songs whether you like him or not the kid has talent yes he is overrated but has TALENT i dont care for most of waynes current music but id be a fool if i sat here and said he cant rap and he sucks knowing that he has amazing skills he just doesnt use them all the time i bump the commons kanyes lupes as well as the eightball mjgs UGKs, messy marvs jay electronicas joe buddens D BLOCK DIPSET. all these people have somthing they bring to the table whether you like it or not but i love MUSIC for what it really is and i listen to everyone who comes out closley before i decide if there trash or not even if its a gucci mane song ill still bump it for fun knowing hes wack but its somthin to listen to when people are at the crib and ladies like his music. but i like concious rap, street rap,club rap, battle raps, pop rap etc.. all this is apart of the sport and is needed for it to continue on stop getting so mad about artist blowing up and try to listen and learn from what they doin right because they got there for a reason!!!LOVE MUSIC IN ALL ITS FORMS NOT JUST WHAT YOU THINK IS COOL

    • Adam-bomb

      Finally someone who has some sense. I dont post too many comments on here because people are too biased on their own style, not opening up where the artist are coming from. You hit it right on the nail. That was a breath of fresh air.

  • dcollin4444

    I like The Roots but not feeling this one as much as previous efforts. Rising Down & Game Theory are much better. I have a feeling this one will grow on me, but my first reaction is that I would suggest Sir Lucious Left Foot or Recovery for a 2010 purchase way before copping this one.

  • weezydawg

    This is one of the worst one i heard the roots do

  • stroydnaire

    Am I the only person who feels that Phonte should just become an official roots member? His flow goes perfectly with the Roots style.

  • contracks

    one of the best this year,EASILY!!!

  • Riptide

    The Roots still got it :) this album be sweeeeet! take a listen!

  • andusaychicity

    Beautiful album, The Roots never cease to amaze me with the way their sound changes with every release. Right On, The Fire, and Dear God 2.0 are classic material! Best release of the year so far, along with Distant Relatives.

  • WuTang686

    laffeyette you fuckin faggot!!! You dont know shit!! Anyways this album is bananaz!! 4.5/5!! Just seen the roots live on sunday. Best hip hop show ive ever been too.

  • londonhomicide

    The Roots deserve to go Platinum with this. Great album and mad respect for the Dilla tribute interlude. www.londonhomicide.com

  • ts5000

    i give this album a 4.5 the roots r legendary

  • Dave Thomas

    This album is fresh. No part of it is weak. It's the opposite of what I expected from the Roots since they have their hand in live television now a-days, you'd think it would make them lose a step, but they seem to be in the zone. Congrats to the Roots. caution* Do not buy this album if you want to listen to a robot man rapping about sipping patron, riding on 24" rims, being in the club, or drinking cough syrup.

  • jhood91

    all im saying is why do we have to compare albums so much, so far this half of the year has seen some really great releases... Em and Drakes albums respectively are dope! i love the fact the Em said his last CD was shit because it was and he has a hybrid flow to him where he goes from the slim shady/ marshal to the more conscious Em... Drakes album is dope i dont care what anyone says great production and all solid songs except the one with Nicki Minaj... shes just trash i was upset but the Roots album is something else... as an avid hip hop fan im really glad to see that all these great releases being excepted among the masses i just say shit is dope nowadays i try not to compare i just love music

  • core11285

    GOING TO COP IT TODAY !!!!!!!!! ROOTS !!!!!!!

  • Indiemuzik

    Is it me or do the more mature than usual comments being made on this album tell you something about the Root's demographic compared to the rest of the garbage artists?

  • bras4real

    yeah this review is right, that track 'right on' sounds angelic pure stuff

  • rbg warrior

    why are people talking about eminem when rating a Roots album? anyway, here's my order 1. illadelphalflife (classic) 2. things fall apart (classic) 3. do you want more (classic) 4. tipping point (classic) 5. the best of the roots (w/ j period)...(classic) 6. the roots come alive(live album)....(classic) 7. game point 8.. how i got over 9. rising down 10. phrenology 11. the 1st one (the names escapes me....it had 'pass the popcorn' on there) not bad if you ask me, a legendary career rivaled by few, plus a live show that can only be surpassed by run dmc, public enemy, and krs-one! all hail the legendary roots crew!!!

  • Charles ExSavior

    This is easily the best album I've heard this year, with Eminem's "Recovery" right behind it. I'm only disappointed in the last track "Web 20 20" with Peedi Peedi, but I swear all the other songs are nothing short of a 5/5. The level of maturity and continuity in this album surpasses a lot of recent albums, especially the hyped Drake album.

  • Piltch

    I don't even know how they found the time to record this one.

  • PSYMON

    1 comment on the drake album... not creative enough, Good lyrics but lacks something... Em's album was some serious chainsaw shit....C'mon The Roots? Music Artiste that are grown ass men who love great messages in music, you cant knock that... on that note Lupe Fiasco's L.A.S.E.R.S. should be the most anticipated album of the year besides Good Ass Job...

  • Laffyette

    I'll give it a 3 just because I expected better out of THE ROOTS. The beats were mad boring and the guest spots sucked. The didn't pump the energy into this one and were to MESSAGE driven when you know BLACK THOUGHT is one of the illest emcee's and can just rip it down. 3 isn't bad but now what I expected from them.

    • stroydnaire

      Gotta disagree with you there. Your hip hop ear is questionable!

    • Brown Suga

      WAKE UP!!!! The theme of this album is appropriate for the time we live in today with so much going on. I would think people would like to hear so REAL life concepts instead of an artist bragging about his jewelry and rented cars. Quest didn't mix this album ass he has in the past and I assume the more relaxed music is related to the bigger overall message they wanted to get out. Listen to the words. Beats still knock but it might just be to deep for you.

    • vargo05

      What were you hoping for out of the guest spots? Were you hoping for Drake and Kanye? If you want something better than Blu and Phonte. good luck finding it. Plus, the inclusion of the Monsters of Folk is damn near genius. BTW, when aren't The Roots message driven? Just wondering.

    • Piltch

      He expected better from The Roots. Like he's their father. Get outta here.

    • thorobred

      You sound rediculous...This album is something incredible....straight prolific....from the mood of the album..to the theme...to the lyrical content...to the production...to the arrangement....beautiful project. Hands down a classic piece...I can't see how u could give it a 3....that's just plain crazy...i wonder wut u do think is hot. For anybody readin ..this roots album is serious. go get it.

  • Dragnipur

    A breath of fresh air in a music industry overpopulated by copycats and angst driven young men.

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  • The Anti-Bullshyt Theory

    As many of you choose to compare Eminems latest LP to The Roots, are failing to understand the true message of their album. While Eminem has exceptional skills on the mic, he lack significantly in the areas of the black struggle simply because he is not black. And growing up in black culture doesn't count. Some will read this & are already attempting to formulate a case that because Eminem isn't black shouldn't matter. But in reality it does. This Roots album packs the hard honest truth and commentary that's usually been missing in music today. Not only that, The Roots LP express a sense of urgency for the black community that Eminem couldn't tell you shit about because he isn't living our collective struggles of what it means to be black in this society. We are still under the microscope of social injustices of every sort, regardless of what world some think they're living in. If all you want to do is turn a blind eye to all the bullshit around you & want to continue to live in a musical world of party & bullshit, then this Roots album will fly straight over your head & you won't get it's much needed message. But if you're looking for inspirational & culturally motivational music that is reflective of the Black cause in particular, then this is an album no one should pass up. Cause the moment you forget where you come from is when you forget who you really are.

    • contracks

      Right on point Greezy! I've been saying for years..ghettoes don't make people...people make ghettoes. If you got so much LOVE for your 'hood, why are you spray painting on the buildings,throwing trash in the streets, and selling drugs in it? Ask yourself...is that showing love for your 'hood? We need to stop expecting somebody else to help us in these situations...the help needs to come from home...

    • Piltch

      you should check out the latest mixtape from Dead Prez deadprez.com

    • PSYMON

      whooo!! greezy hit it on the spot....

    • walaaaaaaa!

      well said greezy! speak up man!

    • yassir afarat

      don't apologize yo. truth hurts sometimes

    • greezythumb

      Sorry for coming off harsh towards you dude, my apologies, I had a ruff day with some trifling @ss relatives today.

    • greezythumb

      The "Black Cause"?. Yo, for real... the black cause should be stop with the self destructive behavior because that's the biggest problem in the hood, not some "microscope" and the "MAN". Get your @sses to work on time, chicks need to stop getting pregnant by sum dude you already know AINT SH!T then complain bout him cause now he aint around. Ni@@as stop trying to put your meat in every trifling chicken-head with a big butt you see. Woman always hollering bout these men are dogs but who raised those dogs, hmm? Man I'm sick of all the whining of my black people when most of the crap going on in the hood is self-inflicted. Yea there's plenty of racism but that is no excuse for misplaced priorities, lack of personal responsibility, poor choices and the desire for instant gratification that runs rampant in the hood. I'm happy the black people in the 50s and 60s didn't just make excuses and cry bout what they cant do and got off their @sses and actually did something. We do more crying now then we really had a legit reason back before civil rights movement. Please brother. There are those that have ran into the brick wall of racism and I detest it just as much as you, but for MOST black people that are not moving upward, its cause they ran into a brick wall that they themselves built, unless its just a bad time economically across the nation. Its almost impossible to save someone from them self. Now this review is about The Roots, not comparing them to Em, who you don't know and cant speak of what he does and don't know bout struggles in America. You doing the same thing I'm sure you get pissed off when white people do it, STEREOTYPING. And if that's the case, then your also guilty of hypocrisy. Not trying to crush you or dump on you man, its just I believe that nowadays, WE are standing in our own way from moving up as a people. Black people get famous as athletes or entertainers and their way of giving back is to buy a bunch of damn basketballs & footballs. BUILD A F@CKING SCHOOL, A CLINIC or some businesses in the hood like Magic Johnson did. We should be doing something real to motivate and uplift, instead of preaching that victim sh#t to each other. Whatever you think you are, that's what your gonna be, I was once told.

  • curtj5

    Eminem's albums have always had a lot of weak material on them. But his skills as an MC are legendary, he's unquestionably one of the best ever.

    • DaTurf War

      GREEZYTHUMB, you're exactly right about what you've stated. But it seems to me you're attacking a person who's also made just as much of a legitimate point as you have. You've just given an added perspective to the complexity of the over-all issues within our community. And your "attack" is reminiscent to the "crabs-in-a-bucket" mentality you spoke of: Being our own brick wall by puling each other down, and for those that make it for themselves, forget those they left behind and not giving back to where they came from. One of the things WE have to stop doing is attacking each other, and instead, embrace and stand WITH EACH OTHER. I'd like to commend The Anti-Bullshyt Theory for initiating this type of dialogue here and getting such a conversation, a very intellegent one at that, started. Although I haven't yet heard this Roots album, seeing here the kind of conversation that has generated behind it, I do intend to purchase once it's released. Peace be unto you my brothers and sisters. I have faith that one day WE ALL will learn together how to get over... and without ever having to attack each other to do it.

  • Dinosaur Man

    What is this bullshit? Why does it have a higher rating then Recovery? Recovery best album of the last 5 years hands down (Relapse a close second) and this gets a 4.5? HHDX ya'll hatin hard. Recovery gonna sell 750,000 this album ain't selling a box worth of its albums.

    • vargo05

      Dino, you're a fucking idiot. Everyone has explained why. I just wanted to sum it up with a few words, so you'd understand it.

    • gdiggedy

      LOL @ Recovery being the best album in the last 5 years, with Relapse being second. If you're not joking, get the fcuk outta here.

    • andusaychicity

      Uhh How I Got Over is artistically, thematically, and lyrically superior to Eminem's Recovery album that's why it has a .5 rating better my friend. Eminem is whining about his life and how he has "recovered," while The Roots are spitting jewels to "get u over" the hump we call life. At least Recovery is a whole lot better than Relapse, but that's not saying much. Dinosaur Man u just seem to be an Eminem stan and have no idea who the Legendary Roots Crew is, better visit their wikipedia page or something!

    • Thizzle Dance

      @NICKELNINE and BAM12393, glad to see that others know whats up with the best albums of 2010. When Big Boi drops his album it's gonna shake that list up a bit. It sounds like he may take the #3 spot..... Recovery was Em back to lyrical homicide and brutal honesty, what he's known for. But I only liked half the songs on the album and the beats were pop/radio bangers, so thats why I can't call it great.

    • BAM12393

      Relapse a close second? That album was trash. I kept saying it was trash and people disagreed with me. Now Eminem comes out himself and says it was a garbage album. Record sales don't make a good album by the way. When will people like you understand that? I wouldn't give a f*ck if an album sells 1 copy; if it's dope then it's dope, regardless of sales. PS: @Thizzle Dance I completely agree with your top 3 in that order.

    • nickelnine

      @Thizzle I agree completely on the top 3. But I'm not even sure I would have Recovery at #4.

    • thizzle dance

      1. Distant Relatives 2. How I Got Over 3. Revolutions Per Minute 4. Recovery

    • Indiemuzik

      @DINOSAUR MAN I just checked the Itunes chart and How I Got Over (the Roots)is the 3rd highest selling album on their which is only behind Eminem and Drake. It's selling better than Miley Cyrus's album, so I'm pretty sure that the sales it'll dish out by Tuesday are going to be a sh!t load more than a box.

    • nickelnine

      Also, record sales is a terrible measure of how good an album is

    • nickelnine

      Get off Eminem's dick. He's good but not great. He has 2 of the best albums in the last 5 years. That's pretty funny. He has 1 borderline classic (MMLP), 2 very good cds (SSLP and ES), 1 decent cd (Recovery), and then a bunch of garbage. Em doesn't even compare to Black Thought lyrically.

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  • m nice

    Nice album.....I can't get away from Right on. I just wish that the album artwork was a lil bit better. They got more members too..Damn....I like all their albums..But Game Theory was pretty mean too...

  • sundown

    ooopsss. forgot to rate

  • sundown

    I hate to say this but I'm gonna say it anyways, THIS MIGHT BE THE BEST ALBUM I'VE HEARD SINCE THE BLACK ALBUM!!!! Now I hate to say this because I understand how serious of a statement that is and am prepared for all the haters coming out of the wood work who will try to name every album between now and back in '03 as a better album than this, but I doubt they'll find one I agree with but I'm open to suggestions. Top 5 Roots Albums: 1. Illadelph Halflife 2. Things Fall Apart 3. How I Got Over 4. Phrenology 5. Tipping Point

    • begod

      kanye west late registration

    • LEGENDARYCREW

      Well, I think every single ROOTS album is classic. So that's a given and I decided not to list them since we all know the Roots albums are dope! The Tipping Point and Game Theory definitely are in the best albums from 03' to now. Questlove is a musical genius and Black Thought is the dopest dude spitting on the mic!

    • Dab

      @LEGENDARYCREW They're not Roots albums

    • LEGENDARYCREW

      How about these......CLASSICS! Fashawn "Boy Meets World" Atmosphere "When Life gives you lemons" Brother Ali - "The Undisputed Truth" & "US" Raekwon- "OB4CL2" and Any Little Brother albums...

  • curtj5

    Yeah the songs are pretty slow for sure. Still a nice album. I would give it 5 stars if it had 1 or 2 bangin up tempo songs with a strong hook.

  • norway

    Awesome album, 4,5 / 5, BUT doesnt anyone else think most of the songs are slow songs, wish they put some agressive hard songs in it too.... Still is the best album of the year

  • ZACHEUS MAGGETTE III

    BEST ALBUM I'VE HEARD ALL YEAR. I CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO THIS ALBUM.

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  • RIP_Proof&Dilla

    Took me a few listens to appericate this album very good. The Roots deserve so much credit than what they get. 1. Illadelph HalfLife 2. Game Theroy 3. Things Fall Apart 4. How I Got Over 5. Rising Down 6. Phrenology 7. The Tipping Point 8. Do You Want More P.S. There all amazing, but lyrics on Illadelph run supreme

    • andusaychicity

      It's amazing! They have at least 4 classics in that discography. My ranks are: 1. Things Fall Apart (One of the best albums ever!) 2. Illadelph Halflife 3. Rising Down 4. How I Got Over 5. Game Theory 6. The Tipping Point 7. Do You Want More 8. Phrenology

  • AZMEXICANO

    Finally a cd thats worth buying.

  • kush nap

    look at this faggot. get a life bruh. impersonating me on hiphopdx, cuz you a nobody online, and in person, youre a well rounded bitch nigga. c-arson, this nigga running around with my name, but he has unlimited intelligence, i must have praised him at some point. the real KUSH NAP rates this as the worst album of the year, the faggot imposter im responding to is tryin to get a rise outta niggas and hes doin his job. LAME, build your own name you piggy back homo.

  • Goldmund

    I would give it a 4.5 becouse it could be just a little longer and becouse i think the album's ending could have been a little stronger. Overall still in a race for best album of the year with distant relatives

  • westpac08

    i liked it just not enough to give it a 5 maybe a 4.5

  • TRU DAT

    This album better win the Grammy

  • RTJTTJJGJJKDJGJD

    0 CREDITABILITY JAKE LAME ASS PAINE FROM PHILLY + ROOTS CREW ALSO BEING FROM PHILLY=THIS LAUGHABLE 4.5 RATING. OK JAKE LAME SO BASICALLY YOUR SAYING THIS RECORD IS OF THE SAME CALIBER AS TRULY TIMELESS CLASSICS SUCH AS ENTER THE 36, READY TO DIE, LIFE AFTER DEATH, ILLMATIC AND THEE ORIGINAL ONLY BUILT FOR CUBAN LINX JUST TO NAME A FEW THAT ARE CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC 4.5 RECORDS??? 4.5 FOR THE ROOTS WHO REP THE SAME HOMETOWN YOU GREW UP IN??? REALLY JAKE LAME I MEAN REALLY? WOW I DIDN'T SEE THAT TRAIN COMING WITH THIS WAY OVER INFLATED RATING. GIVE THIS RECORD ABOUT A FEW SHORT MONTHS AND 98% OF THE POPULATION WILL FORGET IT EVEN EXISTED WHILE THE REAL 4.5 RECORDS I MENTIONED ABOVE WILL ALWAYS STAND THE TEST OF TIME. HEY LAME YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU GAVE THAT WEAK ASS CHAMBER MUSIC RECORD A 4.5 LAST YEAR AS WELL?? DO YOU REMEMBER?? EXACTLY YOU DON'T REMEMBER IT BECAUSE THAT RECORD WASN'T EVEN A 2.5 MUCH LESS A 4.5 AND NO ONE EVEN REMEMBERS OR CARES THAT THAT RECORD CAME OUT LAST YEAR UNLIKE THE CLASSICS I NAMED ABOVE. I MEAN FOR YOUR SAKE I HOPE THAT THESE ARTISTS ARE AT LEAST PAYING YOU OFF FOR THESE EXAGGERATED OVER THE TOP RATINGS SO AT LEAST I WON'T THINK YOU ARE AS INSANE AND DELUSIONAL AS I ALREADY THINK YOU ARE. REMEMBER LAME YOU CAN FOOL THE MAJORITY OF YOUR READERS BUT YOU ALREADY KNOW BY NOW THAT YOU CAN'T FOOL ME BECAUSE WE OVER HERE DON'T BELIEVE YOU AND YOU NEED A LOT MORE PEOPLE. C'MON SON JUST STOP IT ALREADY WITH THE NONSENSE AND THE OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY RATINGS YOU UNDESERVEDLY SHELL OUT. IT'S SICKENING ALREADY SMH

  • pienman

    i gotta go cop this ablum... when i get the ends up! yo, i have the ladder of all their ablums even a 3 disc multi of combining rarities

  • Mylie

    Distant Relatives and How I Got Over are the best albums of the year!!!!! WITHOUT QUESTION! Recovery is dope but not amazing like those albums.

    • jihod

      Best album this year was a mixtape 1.Jay Electronica- Victory 2.The Roots- How I Got Over 3.Freeway & Jake One- The Stimulas Package 4.Nas &Damien Marley- Distant Relatives 5. Drake- Thank Me Later 6. Meth/Rae/Ghost- Wu-Massacre 7. Sean Price- Kimbo Price 8.Little Brother- Leftback 9. Kidz In the Hall- Land of Make Believe 10.Murs &9th Wonder- Fornever 11. Eminem- Recovery 12. Statik Skeletah- 100% Proof

    • nasistheillest

      word but what about the reflection eternal new shit... its even better imo

  • Ph. Warner

    Download, My Ass!!! You Can't Burn Classic Music; You Gotta Buy It, Maaaan!!

  • Mr Gerbik

    Instant classic, though it could've used one more quality track to properly finish the album off. 4.75 / 5, docking that .25 for clocking in at under 45 min.

  • Hootie Hoo

    Another great Roots album! Now, more Roots present :The Jam $10 shows at Highline Ballroom please

  • jack johnson

    i knew immediatley when i saw the high rating hiphopdx gave there were going to be a bunch of trolls rating it one star just for the sake of it, or maybe they're gucci and eminem fans jealous that this is one of the highest rated hip hop albums this year.

  • A- (The Difference)

    good stuff as usual....i was kind of a let down though because my favorite track (Doin It Again) had recycled verses......he spit all that fire already on the BET Cipher 2009 with Em & Mos

  • Just a man

    How can anyone really have anything bad to say about the Roots or this album, honestly. I don't see myself giving this less then a 5. Lyrics - 5/5 Beats - 4/5 Orginalty - 5/5 Overall - 5/5

  • kobe55555

    this album was great an other classic for the crew

  • this is fire

    crazy album....I am copping it!

  • Holier than thou

    This is an amazing album. My favorite song feautres a forgotten favorite of mine Blu. His verse was sick and he's got one of the best flows in the game right now. Hopefully working with the Roots can get him more recognition. Now onto the actual album. The Roots did it again. I do think the last 2 songs don't really fit.But this is still a great album nonetheless.

  • Jay Hommy

    CLASSIC....TIMELESS

  • num1h8tr

    This album isnt good. Tired of these reviews..just because you talk about the struggle, and bla bla bla, and have slow beats, doesnt make it a good album. This album is sooo boring. the Phonte and Blu tracks were good...thats about it, sorry. Drakes album stil the best this year, not saying it was amazing, just havent heard anything better.

    • contracks

      You gotta be kidding about that Drake garbage...you probably liked 808s and Heartbreaks and Rebirth ,too!

    • Toppdogg908

      Drakes garbage album also has slow beats all over that bitch with whack ass lyrics and an annoying singing voice

    • itsizzo

      its gold bitch. dont hate on the drake album.

    • PeopleWithOutShoes

      drakes album is not very good, infact its the most overhyped album of 2010 not the best one.

    • nickelnine

      Lmao Drake nigga? Off the top of my head, HIGO, Distant Relatives, RPM, Vinnie Paz, Em (and I'm not even a big Em fan), Rhymefest, Esoteric, Murs, Little Brother, BOB, Wu, Inspectah Deck, Wu-Massacre, have all had albums better than Drake. Drake and Young Money are garbage nigga, sorry.

    • C-Arson

      there has been 12 albums this year better than Drakes. Your a complete asshole dig deeper watson.

  • Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    Refreshing... in every sense of the word.

  • mufucka

    Best album behind Distant Relatives this year.

  • Michael Jack Schmidt

    this and vinnie paz r the only albums ive bought since i can't remember the kush is strong in the illadelph , support the dudes they deserve it. both albums r classic providing that illy funk and balboa blows! south philyy west philly stand up providin that blue collar hiphop life 4 life if u havent been to the city of love come soak up the real. shout out to vinnie for using tony luke in his video philly dudes kno who that bol is thats where u go for the chicken green cutlet with spinach Tony lukes right down the block or in the stadium for steak wit or wit out!!!!!!! BEANs get your act right bring that public enemy number 1 flo back work with some talented producers like vinnie and you will show up gayz come back illy funksta's aka da youngsta's come back taj mahal, come back bahamadia, come back the goats, free and jake class is in session keep it up! cassidy rep hard bol, young chris that network shit is wassup peedddie crack crack jazzy jeff keep it gully wit those grooves bernard hopkins your a deity son grimey as hell 215 609 856 the trocadero cheesteaks cream cheese hoagies pork roll muslim beards niggaz on there diem AC camden IF YOU NEED TO SEE A REAL HIP HOP CULTURE THERES NO MORE REAL CITY IN THE NATION dont come if your bitch made though cuz philly niggaz smell that shit like a shark does blood and we bite. oh yeah REEF the lost cause and the whole AOTP donnie mcnabb you will get your standing O then your gonna get buried in a sea of EAGLES nigga thanks for a greeat decade JEROME BROWN RIP DARREN DAULTON GET OFF TV your killen your image god ONE i love my city

  • Jae Havoc

    A mature album that encompasses the Roots growth as a band and in life, it's good to see artists that can actually cope with aging instead of following trends to stay relevant. The album works nicely as a concept piece and it's true when the reviewer says it needs to be digested as a whole for it to really make an impact.

  • jayhov909

    This album is nice! I like the fact that they kept it hip hop for the most part. Favorite album since Things Fall Apart. Buy this joint and support the legendary roots crew!

  • caligreen805

    DOPENESS!!! sounds great to hear an ensemble such as The Roots. gotta love the way live instruments resonate their sounds

  • nickelnine

    Dammit. 5/5 easily.

  • nickelnine

    I think I forgot to rate. 5/5 easily

  • thizzle dance

    5/5 and nothing less

  • C-Arson

    I really like this album. Normally i have to listen to a Roots record a few times to digest it then i don't listen to it for a few months and come back to it when the mood strikes, then it grows on me, BUT this Album really has a cool concept and is easier to approach but is still deep. I don't really give out fives but I'm feeling this a lot.

  • TheSecondComing

    Bought my copy yesterday. The Roots didn't have to do this album, seeing as how they're doing the late night gig, but it's much appreciated.

  • TheSecondComing

    Bought my copy yesterday. The Roots didn't have to do this album, seeing as how they're doing the late night gig, but it's much appreciated.

  • Holier than thou

    What's up with the trolling on every good rapper. I know people have opinions but are we really to believe that someone hated Black Thought and favors Gucci Man that much? Hell most people would at least admit BT is a great lyricist even if its not their cup of tea.

  • Dab

    You know what I love about this album. The Roots isn't even trying to make this "game changing" album a lot of rappers try to do. They just make good music and it works every time. This being no exception.

  • C-Arson

    I downloaded Recovery a month ago and bought How I Got Over and Season of the Assassin. I have the Mainstream(Eminem), the hardcore(Vinnie Paz), the real hiphop(The Roots) and I'm bumping Vado's Slime Time mixtape for my street fix. Love the sounds coming out my speakers this week!

  • CEEMONEY

    I love the Roots, but this album is garbage. They have not had a bangin album since Phrenology and Game Theory .. those were 2 classics.

    • theslickest1

      "Phrenology" and "Game Theory" are dope albums for sure but you forgot to Mention "Do you want more!!!!!?" and "Illadelph Halflife” those albums are both a 10/10 easy. Anyway I think the "How I got Over" album is good but for sure it's not a Classic to me which is fine. But based on creativity, lyrics and Production I'd give it a 4/5. Best songs to me are "Right On", "The Day" and "Now or Never" listen to Phonte's verse he kills it on that track. The Roots if y'all happen to read this y'all need to do a Track dedicated to J-Dilla not just a 30 second "DillaTude:the flight of Titus" interlude. The Man is one of the dopest Hip Hop Producers ever along with Premo, Pete Rock, Dr Dre and The RZA come on give J-Dilla his respect and props. R.I.P. J-Dilla and I'm a give a R.I.P. to MJ too since it's his anniversary since he passed a year ago. Much respect to all the true Hip Hop Headz Worldwide I'm out.

  • kush nap

    id say this is the wackest album of the year. black thought wacks out on every verse, content is weak, guests dont come correct, and the music, is low level. the roots delievred a shit record, catch someone gay, have a drink, and listen to Gucci take center stage. id say this is the worst roots record since things fall apart. it has a shitty vibe, terrible feel, bad music, heavy dose of bullshit. black thought one of the worst ever. to the lonely fag impersonating me, nice try, but find your own lane butt fucker.

    • kush nap

      look at this faggot. get a life bruh. impersonating me on hiphopdx, cuz you a nobody online, and in person, youre a well rounded bitch nigga. c-arson, this nigga running around with my name, but he has limited intelligence, i must have offended him at some point. the real KUSH NAP rates this as the best album of the year, the faggot imposter im responding to is tryin to get a rise outta niggas and hes doin his job. LAME, build your own name you piggy back homo.

    • NAME (NOT REQUIRED)

      What a pussy.

    • C-Arson

      Really Kush? really?

  • SNOOPY D

    very interesting album

  • WTF-MAN

    "Bound by the darkness of their minds"

  • Murphs56

    best group ever to do it right here...

  • Powernupe

    After I began to listen to the album for the first time, I was well on my way to labeling it classic. Although the album starts off amazingly strong, it begins to dive at the three-quarter mark. It's not that the last tracks are horrible, they just can't keep pace with the production of preceeding songs. All this being said, this is an exceptional album for the grown, sexy, and intelligent.

  • ts5000

    this is a dope album

  • thank god tuesday wasnt a total waste

    How I Got Over > Recovery i bought both and for the first time in a while im actually pissed off i bought an eminem record. great rapper, but needs dre on the boards to be close to 100% potential. roots cd is amazing as always, just so inspiring to hiphop.

  • Twinblades

    Haven't heard it yet but I'll give a five anyway. Also what the fuck is up with kush nap...? Seems like theres about to be a face off lol!

  • Mago

    Best Album since things fall apart...i'm feelin every song on this album

  • Divine1-2

    Not too many groups/artists has a catalog of at least 9-10 studios albums where each album is solid; not to mention, at least half of them are respectfully labeled "classic". The Roots will go down as one of the most consistent groups of ANY genre! Divine, PEACE!

  • PeopleWithOutShoes

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR not one track on the album is skippable, thats a real album where you dont skip half the cd or mp3 if you download it.

  • Cappachino

    Love this album!

  • Indiemuzik

    4 1/2 stars FTW! Hip Hop still has a pulse and Jimmy Fallon is the sh!t now for putting the Roots on tv 5 days a week.

  • fokis07

    I forgot to rate!

  • Amplified Sample

    People keep saying that The Roots went back to their jazz sound with this one. Honestly none of their albums ever sound like the one before it. As far as how it's put together it is similar to Things Fall Apart. But the subject matter is a lot different from that album as well.

  • menacinmagikkk

    BEST ALBUM THIS YEAR, HOW I GOT OVER IS INSPIRATION INA DISC! ITS PURE MUSIC, THESE GUYS ARE THE BEST AT WHAT THEY DO AND SHOULD BE CROWNED IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. THANK U ROOTS FOR KEEPING THE MUSIC LVING...AMAZINGGGGGGGG

  • LEGENDARYROOTSCREW

    This album is awesome. Pure musical genius! Questlove is great and Black Thought is one of the best emcee's to ever rhyme on the microphone! Anyways let me get to this masterpiece "How I Got Over" Blu is on two tracks and kills them. Also Phonte from Little Brother is on here twice too! All the tracks are great! What are you waiting for, get to the store and purchase the new ROOTS ALBUM!

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    This CD is a masterpiece! Instant classic without question. I am glad the Roots finally went back to their jazz sound. It's what makes them unique. They stuck with that alternative crap way too long.

    • nickelnine

      I wouldn't call their alternative phase crap. They still put out great stuff. But I do agree, the jazzy sound has always and will always be their best sound. Their 3 classic (Illadelph, Things Fall Apart, HIGO) are all jazzy.

    • kush nap

      WACKA BITCH!!

  • kush nap

    GUCCI, WACKA!! ALL DAY!! FUCK THIS CHRISTIAN RAP SHIT!!

  • Rampzie

    How I Got Over > Things Fall Apart > Illadelph. It's a toss up between this or J. Cole's debut for album of the year for me. The Roots have done it again!

  • nickelnine

    Best Roots album since Things Fall Apart.Not saying their albums since are bad by any means, but this is a classic. Thought is a top 5 emcee DOA without question.

  • kush nap

    id say this is the album of the year. black thought blacks out on every verse, content is strong, guests come correct, and the music, is next level. the roots delievred a summer cool out record, catch some rays, have a drink, and listen to the roots take center stage. id say this is the best roots record since things fall apart. it has a steady vibe, cohesive feel, good music, heavy dose of funk and rhythm. black thought one of the livest ever. to the lonely fag impersonating me, nice try, but find your own lane butt fucker.

  • Bonkeira

    The best thing to come out of philly, the ROOTS. Every album of their's is a classic, and this one is nothing less. I admit, this one's a little more mellow than rising down, but i'm still vibing. And black thought is one of the greatest lyricists of all time. Fav track-Right On

  • loco73

    Another great album from Hip-Hop's greatest band. I actually think that The Roots is one of the best live bands outhere regardless of music genre. In a time when terrible, superficial and fake rappers like Drake, Li'Wayne, and other similar garbage (let's not forget the greatest culprits for the downgrade of Hip-Hop, like Eminem, The Game and 50 Cent) seem to get all the spotlight and airplay, few rappers still keep the flame and spirit of Hip-Hop and music in general alive. Artists like Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, K'naan, K'os, The Roots, Nas, Jay-Z, Kid Cutti, Lupe Fiasco, Jeane Grae, Nappy Roots and a few others, still represent true music and true HipHop as it was meant to be from its earliest days, creative, strong, original and just motherf**king cool! The Roots have NEVER dissapointed with ANY of their albums, and "How I Got Over" is yet another fine example of that good soul , mind and body inspiring music! Keep it up, we love you!

    • JordanM91

      Lol, let me get this str8. Ok, so according to ur post...Kid Cudi (ill ignore the way you spelled "cutti") is "true music" and "true hip hop", right? Thats, what you said? But before that, you said that Eminem is one of the "culprits" for the "downgrade of hip hop". Do I really need to say more lol? After reading your post again tho, I think youre a fan of the softer side of music, and the soft side of hip hop, which is cool, but Eminem is top 5 dead or alive (ask ur boy Jay-Z, he even puts eminem in his top 5), and one of the greatest lyricists of all time, and for you to say that Eminem is downgrading hip hop and Kid Cudi represents real hip hop, you leave me to believe that you were on some type of drug before you typed that post.

  • kush nap

    STR8 GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • kush nap

      i already made an offical review, this nigga posting under KUSH NAP at the top aint the real KUSH NAP cuz KUSH NAP never hates without reason, this nigga trynna impersonate me cuz he cant find his own voice. faggot ass nigga. the roots bringing it back to do you want more!?!!?!?!?!? CRACK with this.

    • The.Watcher

      Fucking die.

    • PeopleWithOutShoes

      at least explain why you think this album is garbage ? your a hater, point blank period

    • kush nap

      This album is garbage! Whoever is stealing my name needs to stop it. I listen to Gucci, Wacka, and Shyne. Fuck this fake ass groupie stealin my name..... and fuck the Roots!!!

    • kush nap

      DX need to make it so groupie fag niggas cant comment under a name thats already taken. this nigga commenting as me is a fag, impersonating me while im at work, not even thinking of dx. this is one of the best roots albums ever. id say the best since things fall apart. DX, clean this shit up, i can post under anyones name and theres no quality control. why? i wouldnt diss a group like the roots even if they dropped a wack album, which they never done. and i never diss a nigga without elaborating on why i think they wack. keep tryin to be me you lonely faggot, find your own niche, ride your own dick. dx got some straight up losers, find a new angle.

    • hahahahahaha

      its been proven that hating on the roots is a result of sexual encounters with one's own grandparents...kush nap...leave granny alone

    • Bonkeira

      Hey Kush Nap! Suck a dick

    • trly yrz

      nah, he all on Necro and Vinnie Paz's dicks.

    • r.pgh

      damn man, you hate on every album up here. What the fuck do you listen to on a daily basis? Gucci Mane?

  • Toppdogg908

    I had no idea this album was out already, i gotta get my hands on this album

  • ASEE

    My favorite album of 2010 so far, and my favorite Roots album...maybe ever.

  • kpanilaryea

    FUCKIN fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiire!!!!! mane!!

  • bios

    i preferred R.D and G.Theory, but this album is dope. The Roots never disappoint.

  • Rawkus22

    This album is amazing! Could not agree more with the article, it was intelligent well written and was really the review that this album deserved. Well done Jake. As others have said, the only two songs that don't fit this album are the last two, but other than that, this album ranks right up there with the other classics that The Roots have dropped. This album is a must buy.

  • BK's Finest

    Their best album since Things Fall Apart...

  • D.D.410wutup

    This album is deep. Great beats, real lyrics, and depth. What more can you ask more? This album is also inexpensive at your local best buy or target. This is one the best albums in a while. There is something for everyone.

  • guddaguddaburga

    Classic! Dear God 2.0! The original is just as good imo. The Roots keep getting better!

  • Neutral Milk Hotel

    This is truly one of the greatest hip-hop albums I've ever heard, no dick riding. It's haunting, beautiful, without losing that hardcore hip-hop edge. Well done The Roots, you have proven yourself and deserve to be in the Hall of Fame next to all other Hip-Hop legends.

    • Max Hate

      Take the word of a dude with some shitty indie rock band name for a name. Who calls hip-hop music "haunting" and "beautiful" without losing that "hardcore" hip-hop "edge." Fucking hilarious

  • r.pgh

    these dudes never fail at making great music. Picked up the album tuesday and have had it on constant repeat since then. Hip hop at it's finest.

  • fokis07

    Definately agree with the others about the last 2 tracks, they dont even seem like they belong on this cd. Other than that this album is amazing!

  • Jonan

    I'm so happy that HipHopDX gives this album the review it rightfully deserves. The Roots deliver just as usual, perfectly. I am very pleased with this album! Black Thought's intelligent lyrics and The Roots' instruments and beats all fit together. I would give this album a 4.5 too, the last two tracks I'm a bit more unsure about. They are good enough though.

  • Wpo

    The Roots will never fail.

  • hello young world

    Finally! Should've been had this reviewed! Absolutely fantastic album! Didn't skip a record I'd give it five more stars if I could...

  • BAM12393

    Amazing album! Every song on here is dope. Not only do the tracks feed your mind but they also feed your soul. The only tracks that I am unsure about are the last two: Web 20/20 and Hustla. I was going to compare this album to other releases this year but it isn't possible; How I Got Over is in it's own category. PS: Thanks for the review, Jake Paine. I've been waiting for this. Rating: 4.5

  • SuperDopetastic

    This Roots album is a different than any roots album that has ever come out,and it's AMAZING!.The Roots have NEVER disappointed me.The Roots are living legends,I consider each of their projects to be a classic.Since the beginning you can see the roots evolve through their music.Can't tell which I love more How I Got Over, or Distant Relatives.

  • ts5000

    one of the best albums this year

  • coolcat72

    Picked the album up yesterday. Defenitely a head nodder gotta cop it. Dont sleep on this one very impressed!