Been listening for a few weeks now, and I'm disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's good, I just...don't...have an urge to listen to more than 4 songs from it.

For me their peak was Illadelph/Things Fall Apart, the albums with the strongest classic hip-hop influence. Lately they been on some real gloomy, "the world is fucked up" shit. This album moves away from some of the gloom, but is still real "heavy" if you know what I mean.

And then they're "regular" songs don't sound as good as they used to. Nothing on there comes close to touching "Rollin Wit Heat" or "Next Movement" or "Clones". Thoughts? Reactions? What do you think is going on with them in the past 5 or so years to cause this big change?

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If you look at the change that they've gon through since Things Fall Apart, it's the fact that they are 40 years old now. A lot of people that that talk about Illadelph Halflife are usually heavy Wu fans, and that album refelcts a lot of RZA production influence. Though I like all of their albums and keep them in somewhat consistent rotation, I understand why some people don't like the change; overall though, it's a good thing. I think a lot of older rappers now are trying to hold on to a character that they were made out to be 20 years ago and it's becoming pretty uninteresting. Few groups can maintain that longevity and still make it seem somewhat natural. The only ones that I can really think of off the top of my head are the Roots, Outkast, and De La Soul. A lot of other rappers' music seems dated or they are reaching to far to jump on with the trends of today.

Also, I think I'll look back on 2010 and still say that How I Got Over was one of the top 3 albums.
I never realized that they were so old, that's a good point. I can't imagine anyone at 40 talking about the same stuff as they did at 20 or 25. That's why certain cats sound so wack nowadays, they're still trying to pretend they're young. Or they've never changed, never grown up.

I respect the changes that The Roots made, but maybe because I'm just 24, lately the music doesn't resonate with me nearly as much as the older stuff. But I respect them because I recognize that the music is still good, and they don't chase trends. I gotta go back and listen to Illadelph and see if I see the RZA influence.

So far my favorite of 2010 is Big Boi's album, and it's definitely less dense/"mature" than HIGO. They're completely different, and the fact that I like one way more than the other kind of shows where my tastes are.
yea Lucious Leftfoot is dope. I love that the Roots have stayed relevant, and even though I like the current material, during Illadelph Halflife and Things Fall Aprt, Thought was putting on a clinic. It's easy to see why he was one of Pun's favorite emcees
definitely. Thought influenced me alot during that time

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