RELEASE
November 02, 1999
LABEL
MCA
GENRES
Rap, Jazz-Rap, Alternative Rap, East Coast Rap

Album Review

Releasing an album recorded live in concert makes more sense for the Roots than any other hip-hop artist, considering they've always concentrated on live prowess over their skills on the mic or in the production booth. The standard guitar/drums/bass/keyboards lineup of most rock bands is a reality for this group, and after years of requests from rabid fans, the Roots acquiesced with a document of their live experience, titled The Roots Come Alive. Recorded at two venues in New York and one in Paris, the album distills exactly what the Roots bring to the hip-hop world -- a live experience built on call-and-response vocals that bring the show to the audience like few other artists. The sound is fantastic, especially on early keyboard-driven tracks like "Proceed," "Essaywhuman?!???!!!," and "Mellow My Man." Though the raps themselves often suffer from the live setting, the rhythms are crisper than in the studio, and the bass-driven grooves are much beefier. The Roots' resident turntablist, Scratch, takes a large role as well, as does human beatbox Rahzel the Godfather of Noyze (though the latter only appears on about half of the album). This is a live album that not only satisfies fans, but offers neophytes more entertainment than any of the Roots' studio efforts. It's difficult to make any live album a first pick, but Come Alive displays the group doing exactly what it does best.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Live at the T-Connectionhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-t-connection/id7306632?i=7306597&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. The Next Movementhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-next-movement/id7306632?i=7306599&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Step into the Realmhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/step-into-the-realm/id7306632?i=7306601&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Proceedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/proceed/id7306632?i=7306603&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Mellow My Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-roots-come-alive-live/id7306632?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Love of My Lifehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/love-of-my-life/id7306632?i=7306608&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. The Ultimatehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-ultimate/id7306632?i=7306610&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Don't See Ushttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dont-see-us/id7306632?i=7306612&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. 100% Dundeehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/100-dundee/id7306632?i=7306614&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Adrenaline!http://itunes.apple.com/album/adrenaline/id7306632?i=7306616&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Essaywhuman?!!!??!http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-roots-come-alive-live/id7306632?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Silent Treatmenthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/silent-treatment/id7306632?i=7306620&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. The Noticehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-roots-come-alive-live/id7306632?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. You Got Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-got-me/id7306632?i=7306624&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Encorehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-roots-come-alive-live/id7306632?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. [Untitled Hidden Track]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-roots-come-alive-live/id7306632?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. [Untitled Hidden Track]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-roots-come-alive-live/id7306632?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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