The Roots: How I Got Over (Def Jam)

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The Roots celebrate the human spirit in this new, thoughtful release. Some might say that these Grammy Award winners have become popstars somewhat-following their stint on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon-and they could’ve gone down that road of recording an album about fame and the luxuries that come with it, but nah, not these urban poets.

This live production flows seamlessly like an organic conversation and keeps it real with collabos with some of most prolific hip hop acts such as Dice Raw, Peedi Peedi, Blu, Phote of Little Brother and even indie pop darlings Dirty Projectors. If How I Got Over were an instrumental album, you’d still be able to feel its intentions-that’s just how tight everything is. The album serves up a good mix of hip hop and jazz with politics and emotion, and lyrically imparts the understanding that it’s alright for us to fall down, get up, move on and be a better person. It might not be best-selling album material, but it would definitely be remembered for a long time.

LISTEN TO: ‘Dear God 2.0’
IF YOU LIKE THIS YOU’LL DIG: Talib Kweli, Jurassic 5, Mos Def

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Here’s ‘Dear God 2.0’ by The Roots feat. Monsters Of Folk: