The Roots Come Alive (1999) A "live" hip-hop album seems like a waste—most rappers are indifferent performers. But the Roots pull it off. Led by a superlative rhythm section, Alive… The Roots
Music Review

The Roots Come Alive (1999)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: The Roots

A ''live'' hip-hop album seems like a waste—most rappers are indifferent performers. But the Roots pull it off. Led by a superlative rhythm section, Alive captures the Roots' onstage sweat and passion. Even better, their indulgent instrumental solos are edited out, and new studio songs are added for good measure. A-

Originally posted Nov 12, 1999 Published in issue #512 Nov 12, 1999 Order article reprints