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Deep down, dirty hip-hop.Anyone introduced to The Roots via last year’s breakthrough singles, The Seed (2.0) and Break You Off, may find the Philadelphia hip-hop band’s seventh album a more challenging proposition. Mainman and drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson’s ear for an infectious rhythm, and rapper Tariq’s lyrical dexterity are undeniably impressive. But the relentless stripped-down breakbeat raps at the heart of this album are often difficult to penetrate. More satisfying is the clutch of chorus-led tunes that give this accomplished hip-hop a welcome pop edge.
The Roots – The Tipping Point, released 12 July 04 on Geffen.
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