Phrenology (2002) With 1999's Things Fall Apart, Philly live hip-hop collective the Roots finally convinced the head-nodding masses that a band can be a DJ. On that… 2002-11-26 The Roots Hip-Hop/Rap
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Phrenology (2002)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 26, 2002; Lead Performance: The Roots; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

With 1999's Things Fall Apart, Philly live hip-hop collective the Roots finally convinced the head-nodding masses that a band can be a DJ. On that album's follow-up, the road vets work to prove what else they can be -- from N.E.R.D.-like rap-rockers (''Rock You'' and ''The Seed 2.0,'' with Cody ChesnuTT) to topical proghoppers (the epic ''Water''). Not all of the experiments work, but drummer ?uestlove's Clyde Stubblefield-cum-Chemical Brothers grooves and rapper Black Thought's mighty flow never waver.

Originally posted Nov 29, 2002 Published in issue #684 Nov 29, 2002 Order article reprints