The Roots
Game Theory

Def Jam
Reviewed by: Barry Schwartz
Reviewed on: 2006-08-29

Posted 08/29/2006 - 04:23:21 PM by maxwellk:
 I love the Roots, and I'm a Philadelphian. I love seeing Quest at Sixers games or spinning at Fluid on a Saturday. My sister used to smoke blunts with Malik B before he toppled over the edge. And it's always been taken as gospel that the Roots were iller than ill among me and my set. But I've had to fight this lingering doubt for ages now that Black Thought is a boring, boring rapper. I can quote Common, Talib, Mos Def, Lil Wayne, Jay Z, et. al ad nauseum. But come up with an interesting quote by Black Thought, an idiosyncratic, hilarious, memorable play on words, a singular flow, a verbal backflip, a canonical verse? I can't. Feel free to prove me wrong, please. But all I hear is lots of repping Philadelphia, repping himself, and talking a big game, but little of interest. Black Thought's boring (I said it!) rhyming is the REAL reason that the Roots crew has never dented the charts or gotten huge outside Philly.
Posted 08/29/2006 - 08:49:46 PM by Colage:
 I don't think it proves you wrong, but I've always thought that the end of the first verse on "The Next Movement" sounds great and is pretty quotable: "I'm like a faucet/Monopoly's the object/There ain't no way to cut this tap ya gotta get wet/Your head is throbbing and I ain't said shit yet." Doesn't hurt that it's one of the best songs they've ever recorded...
Posted 08/29/2006 - 09:20:18 PM by diggles:
 I still think someone needs to come out of the woodwork and prove Maxwellk wrong ... I can't say personally if he's right but I have noticed that BT doesn't really hold his own ... They were great live at Sasquatch 2005 though!
Posted 08/29/2006 - 10:46:46 PM by proffokker:
 [Coughs.] No comment.