Nobody in hip-hop has had a career like the Roots. This might be because nobody has tired to have a career like the Roots.
A band of hip-hop lifers in a pop industry that no longer takes the time to develop acts (and thrives increasingly on solo rap artists), careful album-smiths in an era where singles rule everything around us, incapable of writing a pop hit when they try (even they will tell you the success of the amazing 1999 single “You Got Me” was a total accident), the Roots were an anomaly even back when they started in the early ’90s.
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