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10-24-2005, 08:17 AM
The Roots ~ Illadelph Halflife


Respond - React
It Just Don't Stop
Push Up Ya Lighter
What They Do
Vs. Scratch
Concerto Of The Desperado
Universe At War
No Alibi
Dave Vs. Us
No Greater Protector
The Hypnotic
Ital (The Universal Side)
One Shine
The Adventures In Wonderland

10-24-2005, 08:21 AM
yep, thats a 10.

10-24-2005, 08:49 PM
10/10 and its still not even my favorite roots album, roots are so nice

10-25-2005, 09:23 AM
^^what is.

dat MF
10-25-2005, 01:48 PM

10-26-2005, 03:12 PM
^^what is.

my favortie is Things Fall Apart

10-27-2005, 10:24 PM
Illadelph is their best album without question. 10/10

02-06-2006, 10:53 AM
prolly my favorite roots album...9/10

but i find that i get tired of the roots real quickly now, i think i listened to them too much back in the day

05-19-2006, 04:24 AM

05-23-2006, 07:11 PM
That album is a 10/10 classic

Deity Allah
06-03-2006, 05:28 PM
That album is in my top 5 of all-time

06-08-2006, 02:47 PM
that was the first Roots album i ever picked up its quality. I think their last 2 efforts had some great moments but DYWM this and things fall apart are their best overall.

06-15-2006, 05:14 PM
Clones is my favorite joint on here. Push Up Ya Lighter i like a lot also. Things Fall Apart is their best album. They haven't made a good album since that album. They need Malik B, Dice Raw and Rahzel back.

357 NYC
06-16-2006, 11:06 AM
classic lp.....i gotta buy this again..i remember it being long but a great listen..hope there new shit is gonna be more like this and things fall apart...not there last 2

06-16-2006, 11:44 AM
Don't hold your breath cause The Roots will never make a good album again.

08-05-2006, 11:43 AM
Along with Kweli & Hi-Tek's "Train Of Thought"
Illadelph Halflife was the only other album that made stop listening to Wu-Tang for like 2 weeks straight because that album was in constant rotation.

Hip-Hop classic. No doubt.

08-05-2006, 05:59 PM
I really like it but not my fav Roots Album.

Some great moments on it though.

01-17-2007, 01:58 PM
This cd is classic!
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01-17-2007, 07:02 PM
hip hop's cream of the crop.
i mean really, what's fucking with this album? easily top ten...i even have an illadelph halflife shirt that i ordered from okayplayer.com. its relentless...black thought stakes a claim for among the best lyricists ever, and malik b is pretty damn impressive himself. not to mention the backing.

02-05-2007, 04:35 PM
what they do = best song ever

10-12-2007, 05:59 AM
cant really decide between Do you want more/illadelph halflife/Things fall apart. All classics.

Maxxx Millisecondz
10-12-2007, 11:19 AM
this and do you want more???!!?!? were my two first Roots albums, and i give them both a 10. i don't agree about them not making quality after Things Fall Apart. i've liked just about everything they put out that i've heard. my only gripe with Game Theory and The Tipping Point is that they are too short.

10-12-2007, 11:48 AM

03-17-2008, 10:52 AM
illadelph halflife is the shit.. top 5 albums of all time for sure and 'what they do' is the greatest song ever. i love that shit to bits. they saw hip hop going commercial way back in 96'. listening to a line like. 'the principles of true hip hop have been forsaken, its all contractual and about money makin'. they saw this coming way before it happened and they were spot on. 10/10 on this album.

03-17-2008, 01:48 PM
Brilliant album, this and Things fall apart are my fave Roots albums.

04-14-2008, 10:41 PM
easily a 10. Black Thought at his finest. Same with Malik. so many classic tracks (clones, UNIverse, what they do, section, desperato). top 10 album in my eyes.

alsoo, any else think that MARS verse on Clones is a classic? i love that verse. one of my fav all time.

04-22-2008, 03:34 PM
Classic album. "Clones", "Respond React" are some highlights for me. I actually think that their production and songwriting peaked AFTER this album, though. This is mos def the most "hip-hop" of all their joints but to me, some of the beats start to blend with each other a bit. Still a must-have.

02-13-2010, 12:04 PM
i don't hand this out to a whole lot album, but goddamn it if this isn't a 5/5 album. every single beat on here is pure hip-hop with a live flavor to it, shit since real big and atmospheric since it's not sampled, Questlove is killing the drums section as well. lyrically it's just as dope, Black Thought lyrical skills is out of this world, definitely an underrated lyricist and Malik B holds his own with him. guest spots from Common, Q-Tip, Bahamadia, D'Angelo and Raphael Saadiq adds to the flavor.

probably the best album of 1996.

04-07-2010, 11:22 PM
Classic!!! It's hard to say if this whats better "DYWM",Illadelph Halflife, and "Things fall apart" are all classic!!!!

Free MALIK B.!!!!!

10-18-2010, 05:31 AM
i could never get into "Do You Want More??!!!" like that, it's a good album but i think most of their discography is stronger for me. "Illadelph Halflife" is top-10 to top-20 hip-hop albums of all time tho and "Things Fall Apart" is a masterpiece as well... The Roots is easily one of the most impressive groups/bands i've heard in my life, they never drops a wack album and still keeps it moving with the time. "How I Got Over" sounds NOTHING like "Illadelph..." but they are both incredible efforts.

the only track i skip on this album is the last song, "Adventures in Wonderland" which is a long track with poet Ursula Rucker. to me "One Shine" is the perfect closer before the outro, that shit is straight beautiful and it suits the album very fine to have such a jazzy ending when the rest of the album is so hardcore. "Adventures..." just keeps it dragging to, Ursula Rucker's closing on "Things Fall Apart" was a much better effort that made more sense in the context of the LP imo. still a 5/5 release tho... which one would you say is better - this, "Reasonable Doubt" or "Ironman" (since they both are strong LP's from 1996)?

10-18-2010, 05:39 AM

in my view The Roots dont even have an album thats below a 9..


10-18-2010, 06:05 AM
^ what about "Organix"? that's the only album of theirs i never listened to.. i own all of their others on CD, definitely a discography worth spending money on. the booklets often have some cool/funny/weird info about the making of the tracks and such. ?uestlove likes to write alot too it seems.

10-18-2010, 03:58 PM
I own all their albums on cd too apart from "Organix", which i am going to pick up on cd soon hopefully.

Undeniable classic though, just behind "Things Fall Apart" (which took me ages to get into but once i did...) as my favourite Roots album. Maybe just a little too long, but pretty much flawless apart from that.

10-20-2010, 01:24 PM
this is my favourite Roots album, like most i havent heard Organix yet, still trying to find a copy.

this is probably the easiest Roots album for hip hop heads to enjoy on a regular basis imo, or How I Got Over. Illadeplh is just a classic 96 hip hop vibed album, where some Roots material tends to be more creative and experimental this is straight raw hip hop.

10-20-2010, 05:06 PM
exactly, this is the album that first turned me on to the Roots and from here it was easy to adapt to their more experimental work. i love how each album has a life of it's own.