Well , it ain’t a secret that the roots are one of my favorite groups , as our journey continues here’s another album of them that made this period what it is today .
Phrenology is the fifth studio album by American hip hop band The Roots, released November 26, 2002, on Geffen Records and MCA Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during June 2000 to September 2002. It was primarily produced by members of the band and features contributions from hip hop and neo soul artists such as Cody ChesnuTT, Musiq Soulchild, Talib Kweli, and Jill Scott.
Although it did not parallel the commercial success of the band’s previous album, Things Fall Apart, the album reached number 28 on the US Billboard 200 chart and sold steadily, remaining on the chart for 38 weeks. On June 3, 2003, it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States.Upon its release, Phrenology received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised its musical direction and lyrical themes, and it was included in numerous publications’ year-end lists of the year’s best albums.
reference & more information : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrenology_(album)
Track listing + Album Listening
- Information is adapted from the album’s liner notes.
|87.||“Phrentrow” (featuring Ursula Rucker)||Ahmir Thompson, Ursula Rucker, Omar Edwards||Questlove, Omar the Scholar||0:18|
|88.||“Rock You”||Tariq Trotter, George Spivey||DJ Scratch, The Grand Wizzards (co.)||3:12|
|89.||“!!!!!!!”||Thompson, Benjamin Kenney, Leonard Hubbard||The Grand Wizzards||0:24|
|90.||“Sacrifice” (featuring Nelly Furtado)||Trotter, Thompson, James Gray, Hubbard||Kamiah Gray, Kamal Gray (co.)||4:44|
|91.||“Rolling with Heat” (featuring Talib Kweli)||Trotter, Thompson, Gray, Kyle Jones, Talib Greene, Karl Jenkins||The Grand Wizzards||3:42|
|92.||“WAOK (Ay) Rollcall” (featuring Ursula Rucker)||Thompson, Gray, Hubbard||The Grand Wizzards||1:00|
|93.||“Thought @ Work”||Trotter, Thompson, Hubbard, Gray, Kenney||Questlove||4:58|
|94.||“The Seed (2.0)” (featuring Cody ChesnuTT)||Trotter, Antonious Bernard Thomas||Questlove, Cody ChesnuTT (co.)||4:27|
|95.||“Break You Off” (featuring Musiq)||Trotter, Thompson, Hubbard, Gray, Jones, Kenney, Jenkins, Taalib Johnson, Jill Scott||Kamal Gray||7:27|
|96.||“Water”||Trotter, Thompson, Hubbard, Gray, Kenney, Tahir Williams||Tahir Jamal, Kelo Saunders (co.), The Grand Wizzards (co.)||10:24|
|97.||“Quills”||Trotter, Karriem Riggins||Karreem Riggins, The Grand Wizzards (co.)||4:22|
|98.||“Pussy Galore”||Scott Storch, Zoukhan Bey||4:29|
|99.||“Complexity” (featuring Jill Scott)||Trotter, Thompson, Hubbard, Gray, Scott, Edwards||The Grand Wizzards, Questlove (co.), Omar the Scholar (co.)||4:47|
|100.||“Something in the Way of Things (In Town)” (featuring Amiri Baraka)||Thompson, Kenney, Amiri Baraka||The Grand Wizzards||7:16|
|3.||“Rhymes and Ammo / Thirsty!” (featuring Talib Kweli)||Trotter, Thompson, Greene||The Grand Wizzards||8:00|
• (co) Co-producer
Sample credits and notes
- “Thought @ Work” contains elements from the composition “Apache” by The Sugarhill Gang, “Jam on the Groove” by Ralph McDonald, and “Human Beat Box” by The Fat Boys. According to Questlove, recording artist Alicia Keys“drop[s] in” on the track.
- “Water” comprises three parts, noted in Questlove’s liner notes as “a. the first movement / b. the abyss / c. the drowning”, and contains elements of “Her Story” by The Flying Lizards.
- “Quills” contains elements of “Breakout” by Swing Out Sister and features guest vocals from Tracey Moore of the Jazzyfatnastees.
- “Pussy Galore” contains elements of “Because I Got It Like That” by the Jungle Brothers.
- Tracks 15, 16 and 18 are silent blank tracks. Track 17 is divided into two untitled songs, identified as “Rhymes and Ammo”, originally from Soundbombing III (2002), and “Thirsty!”.
Common is one of my favorite MC’s , a true lyricist and veteran , here’s another album of his from that time .
Electric Circus (album)
Electric Circus is the fifth studio album by Common, released December 10, 2002 on the now-defunct MCA Records. The album was highly anticipated and praised by many critics for its ambitious vision. However, it was not as commercially successful as his previous album, Like Water for Chocolate, selling under 300,000 copies. An eclectic album, Electric Circus featured fusions of several genres such as hip hop, pop, rock, electronic, and neo soul. “I wasn’t feeling hip hop,” the rapper remarked. “So my motivation for that album were other genres of music, like Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. It wasn’t hip hop.” This was Common’s second and last album for MCA, and the label’s final release prior to its absorption into Geffen Records.
Track listing + Album Listening
|1.||“Ferris Wheel” (featuring Vinia Mojica and Marie Daulne)||
|3.||“Aquarius” (featuring Bilal)||
|4.||“Electric Wire Hustler Flower” (featuring Sonny Sandoval)||
|5.||“The Hustle” (featuring Omar and Dart Chillz)||Riggins||4:20|
|6.||“Come Close” (featuring Mary J. Blige)||The Neptunes||4:35|
|7.||“New Wave” (featuring Lætitia Sadier)||
|8.||“Star 69 (PS With Love)” (featuring Bilal & Prince)||
|9.||“I Got a Right Ta” (featuring Pharrell)||
|10.||“Between Me, You and Liberation” (featuring Cee Lo Green)||
|11.||“I Am Music” (featuring Jill Scott)||
|12.||“Jimi Was a Rock Star” (featuring Erykah Badu)||
|13.||“Heaven Somewhere” (featuring Omar, Cee Lo Green, Bilal, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and Lonnie “Pops” Lynn)||