Game Theory (2006) They're now signed to Def Jam, but Philadelphia boho rap band The Roots don't try to fit in with the label's decidedly mainstream roster. In… 2006-08-29 The Roots Hip-Hop/Rap
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Game Theory (2006)

The Roots | RAISING THE STAKES The Roots kick off a new deal with Def Jam by following their muse, and Game Theory comes away a winner
RAISING THE STAKES The Roots kick off a new deal with Def Jam by following their muse, and Game Theory comes away a winner
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 29, 2006; Lead Performance: The Roots; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

They're now signed to Def Jam, but Philadelphia boho rap band The Roots don't try to fit in with the label's decidedly mainstream roster. In fact, Game Theory is their toughest, weightiest, and most uncommercial effort yet. Opening with the antiauthoritarian ''False Media,'' it's all ghetto vérité and political paranoia, with claustrophobic production to match the doom and gloom. The disc gradually turns from angry to melancholy, ending with an eight-minute tribute to the late producer J Dilla. This is the rare hip-hop release that's both gripping and touching.

Originally posted Aug 25, 2006 Published in issue #894 Sep 01, 2006 Order article reprints