The Roots’ ‘Things Fall Apart’ Turns 15!

blame it on JES7 February 23, 2014

Along with the release of Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP turning 15 years old today, The Roots’ fourth studio LP, Things Fall Apart also turns fifteen on this day.

Things Fall Apart followed directly on the heels of another classic from the Philly Hip-Hop band, 1996’s llladelph Halflife and recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios (you know, the one built by Jimi Hendrix?). The Roots’ fourth album took a slight turn from the underground heavy Illadelph Halflife and also marked their first album to go platinum and charting much higher on the Billboard charts.

And, much like Eminem’s debut, TFA introduced the world to another rising emcee from the band’s hometown, Beanie Sigel on the high-octane “Adrenaline.”

The Roots – Adrenaline f. Dice Raw & Beanie Sigel

To celebrate 15 years of the release his Philly brethren’s album, Chill Moody drops off a little tribute of his own, with producer Logic flipping a few songs into one, including “The Next Movement” and “Step Into the Realm.”

  • Nice post.. this is probably my favorite Roots album too.. gotta give it a spin today.

  • Dango

    It did have some great records, like ‘Step Into the Relm’ and ‘Double Trouble’ but the album in its entirety wasn’t my cup of tea.

    • AndOneill

      yea i think it is hit or miss with HipHop heads,, its a great album tho.. ‘Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New’ is one of my favourite Roots track and not to forget ‘Act Too…The Love Of My Life’ been one of my favourite tracks of all-time. dope post!!

  • LIV3

    i liked the tipping point and game theory

  • LIV3

    Black Thought one of the most underrated emcees in history

    • who cares

      Agreed. It’s a crime that he rarely gets brought up in people’s top ten lists.

  • datbul

    Philly stand up.

  • biff tannen

    Love this album! The roots are the most consistent act in hip hop. Two decades of dope shit.

  • Ohms

    still in rotation