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Old 11-14-2011, 10:15 AM
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32. illadelph Half Life

Group:The Roots
Members: Black Thought and Malik Blunt.
Band Members: Quest Love, Gran Negaz and Kelo
Album title: illadelph Half Life

The Roots best album and easily one of the greatest rap record to come out of a rap "band". Yep, its hard to believe every track on this album is made with real instruments by real band mates of the group(well atleast a good amount of it is played by real instruments if to be exact). This was also the last Roots album to feature two rappers as fellow Rapper Malik Blunt AKA Malik B. Would leave the group to enter rehab for his heroin addiction(I wonder how hes doing now?). It's a shame they had to fall out because the roots could have made a few more classics(their first 3 records are a must have for anyone trying to get into the art of tru hip hop). After this record they really went soft in the late 90s and so on. I Cant stand any of the records they made after they split with Malik B. in 96' but It goes with out saying that illadel Half Life is a great hip hop record from beginning to end and a masterpiece to come from what i like to call...a rap "band".... Malik B. and Black Thoughts epic lyrics and songs on suburban street life in the 90s while living in Philadelphia just comes off super hard and rugged, especially on such tracks as "Push up your lighter", and Malik B holds it down on his own on the epic "No Great Pretender" showing that he could have had a spot in hip hop as a true legend...too bad his mc life got cut too short from his horrible addiction. The Deep and vivid lyrics by Black Thought and Malik B mixed with their real live instruments backed up by quest love and the rest of the brothers in the roots put hip hop on the map in Philly. Roots first 3 records are straight A classics, get it folks. After that it went downhill for these guys....

I would also like to note that I have seen The Roots in concert and they always ignore the first 3 albums!(which is a shame, I wish they could at least play them in a way where I can at least here black thoughts versus. Twitch the songs up or something!)

*All songs must be played at maximum volume to truly appreciate these epic lyrics and beautifully lace instruments*

Push up Ya Lighter

What They Do

No Great Pretender


"Southeast to Pennsylvania, Transporation Authority
is what I'm probably on, if I ain't whippin a Land
throughout ya sec-tion, my mind's in traum'
Nine times out of time I rhymes upon the L Train
Within my brain, foun-tains over rugged moun-tains
of my terrain, diggit I came too far to front
So I'm meditatin on how to maintain
Stepped off at City Hall into the rain;
and ran into my nigga named Dane - I mean Hakeem
And we was buildin on how we could organize the team
for this capital gain bein that we in the rap game
It's time to have it all, he said he figured he same
We realized this a planet of CREAM, to obtain
when the predominant rap, conglomerate rap spark the flame
Hark the name, The Fifth from the Ill-Power Hill at that
He dropped me off within the streets of South Phil'
Where niggaz think that killing's living real
Shorties is getting wetted, fulfilling their fantasies to set it
We don't sweat it, by The Fifth you get beheaded
I pivot through my borough givin pounds to the dreaded
At the lye spots I got credit; could run em down
in alphabetic-al order it's sorta pathetic
Yo, I'm livin life within a labryinth of nonsense
This is a consequence of being Philly residents
Tryin to get it on, the rhythm gettin shitted on
The exquisite I exhibit to shine, yo" -
Black Thought

walk through this field with 'iminals
Ill die-hard soldiers, try to make it to-wards the generals
Hard-headed rugged captains, walkin head on through action
Turnkeys on the closed caption
I bring the skills of wizardry
Treat MC's with bigotry, so now you see the picture vividly
Seduce your brain from the temple over instrumentals
The Fifth chant, you see the exhaust out
the swift camp -- mannerism is to scan your vision
You see the light, you can't eclipse the sun
We call back the young, but still they'll strap a gun
to shoot caps that spook cats and rappers hung
Now you might tube across from the diners where you find em lost
Niggaz hearts so cold, they sport frost
The M-the-Illi-tant, the Bad Lieutenant kill your camp
You're now a victim of reality, my personality
afflicted, for three to five if convicted
Illicit, because most cats will live corrupted
It ain't no pity in this inner city niggaz fuckin
Exquisite I exhibit the shine now check it out
- Malik Blunt.
8/31 - Sleep
10/19 - D.R.I
11/10 - Judas Priest
11/14 - Slayer

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