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The Tipping Point [Explicit Lyrics]

The Roots Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B0002FR0VA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Star/Pointro
2. I Don't Care
3. Don't Say Nuthin
4. Guns Are Drawn
5. Stay Cool
6. Web
7. Boom
8. Somebody's Gotta Do It
9. Duck Down
10. Why
11. Melting Pot

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On The Tipping Point, their sixth album, the Roots backslide a bit on the creative promise they showed with 2002's Phrenology. Instead of expanding into more ambitious and experimental areas--the way Outkast has, for example, the Roots tend to fall back to basics with vigorous, but ultimately conventional, lyricism. There are definitely some great moments here: the album opens with near-magic on "Star", a mesmerising song that is one of the finest of the group's career, and Black Thought is a one-man tour de force on "Boom!" where he mimics Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap down to their velour sweats. But The Tipping Point also has some of their blandest production ever, and, at 11 songs (plus two bonus tracks), the compactness of the album amplifies the problems. "I Don't Care" and "Duck Down!" in particular seem derivative and commercially tailored. The main thing missing here is an overall guiding concept, something the Roots have never lacked before. --Oliver Wang, Amazon.com

Product Description

1 x CD Album
UK 2004

2I Don't Care4:02
3Don't Say Nuthin'3:35
4Guns Are Drawn5:15
5Stay Cool3:34
8Somebody's Gotta Do It4:08
9Duck Down!3:56
10.1Why (What's Goin On?)4:37
10.2In Love With The Mic3:49
10.3Din Da Da8:20
11Melting Pot10:40

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Thought secures his place in MC history 15 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album may not be the most complete album ever, nor is it by any means the best. It may even be fair to say that musically it is inferior to Phrenology in many ways. Some of the tracks fall short of what we have come to expect from the roots.
HOWEVER, other tracks on this album are simply superb. The opener 'Star', could easily be the best roots song of all time, while 'Somebody's gotta do it' will blow you away, both lyrically and musically.
While it may not be the progressive hip hop we have come to expect from the roots, it is simply great music. Black Thought has put his name in MC history, and his lyrics on this album will blow you away more than any other.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Restricted Roots... 24 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
There's no question The Tipping Point is a good bit of Hip Hop, better than most, if not all other albums released around that time, but, it's not true Roots.

There was a dispute with their Record company around this time, calling for a more commercially acceptable album. To fulfill a contract, this is what we recieved. A good, but not great album from ?uest and Thought et al...It just doesn't have anywhere near the amount experimentalism and vision as any other Roots release.

Though, that aside, this is still a good album, Thought, as ever, is on point with his rhymes, and ?uest never fails to create inspiring music. But, this is more an album for Roots completists than Roots beginners...

Throughout their career each album has seen a natural progression, from Organix, through to Phrenology - though, a progression noone but The Roots could progress through - But this once again shows the true talent of this group. Even with a record label on their back, they still deliver good music...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Roots Tipping Point 12 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Roots return with their 7th album The Tipping Point. This time around its less experimental than Phernology and its just straight up hip hop. TTP is short, like a hip hop album from 1988 with just 10 tracks + bonus tracks. Speaking of '88 my favourite track is 'BOOM' on which Black Thought does excellent impressions of legendary MCs Big Daddy Kane & Kool G Rap right down to the last lips. Black Thought seems to be on a mission on this release to put his name among the greatests MCs. The album kicks of briliantly with 'Star/Pointro' with its sly stone sample. The first single 'don't say nuthing' sounds nuthing like a roots track but it grows on after a few listens especially its catchy hook if it can be called that. 'Web' also has the same old school feel as 'BOOM' and BT attacks the mic with no mercy. There are lots of nice hooks through out such as 'stay cool', 'guns are drawn' and 'somebody's gotta do it' sang by devine the dude. The only thing missing this time around is the love joint which has been present on all other roots releases 'u got me', 'silent tretment', 'break u off', but also like the lack of scratch, rahzel & Malik B its not greatly missed. This album is definately worth buying for vets, newbies and diehards. Questlove's liner notes also give an insight on how tracks came about which makes a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best in modern hip-hop 29 April 2005
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Format:Audio CD
This album is superb. The roots have managed to stay true to there music and produced this when it would have been so easy to produce some of the drabble released by these 'gangsters'. the roots are real and there music is as real. 'star' is possibly the greatest roots song ever and 'why' also comes close. Its a short album, but sooo good, there are to weak tracks in 'duck down' and 'dont say nothin', but see past that and you have a masterpiece. Absolute must buy, along with all the other roots albums.
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