The Roots - Illadelph Halflife album
Illadelph Halflife is the third studio album by American hip hop band The Roots, released September 24, 1996 on Geffen Records. It features a tougher and broader sound than their previous album, Do You Want More?!!!?! (1995). The album also contains integration of programmed drums and guest contributions by R&B musicians such as Amel Larrieux and D'Angelo, as well as jazz musicians such as David Murray, Steve Coleman, Cassandra Wilson, Graham Haynes
Illadelph Halflife The Roots. The Roots’ third album took the group’s conscious, jazz-jam vibe to grittier places. Fronted by a newly confident Black Thought, they focused their lyrical crosshairs while Questlove and the band textured their live sound with samples lifted from extended jam sessions-a process that brought them closer to rap's center while still keeping a stiff arm’s-length distance.
Illadelph Halflife Q&A. What's the meaning behind the album title? A corruption of Philadelphia, the city that The Roots originated from. Featuring Bahamadia, Cassandra Wilson, Common & 8 more. Producers Black Thought, Chaos, Grand Wizzards & 9 more. Writers Bahamadia, Black Thought, Chaos & 18 more. Backing Vocals Angela Slates & Raphael Saadiq. Bass Leonard Hub Hubbard & Raphael Saadiq.
By: The Roots (1996, Hip Hop). More albums from The Roots: Do You Want More?!!!?! by The Roots. The Tipping Point by The Roots. Wake Up! by The Roots. And Then You Shoot Your Cousin by The Roots. Rising Down by The Roots. Wise Up Ghost (And Other Songs 2013) – Number One by The Roots. View all albums . Illadelph Halflife. By: The Roots (1996, Hip Hop).
For the Roots' second major-label album, the band apparently recognized the weaknesses of the debut, since there are several songs which provide more structure than previous jam-session efforts - two even became R&B radio hits. But for all its successes, Illadelph Halflife mostly repeats the long-winded jams and loose improvisatory feel that characterized Do You Want More?!!!?!. And while these songs may sound great live (a field where the Roots excel over any other rap act), in a living-room setting listeners need hooks on which to focus.
Illadelph Halflife is the third studio album by American hip hop band The Roots, released September 24, 1996 on Geffen Records. The album also contains integration of programmed drums and guest contributions by R&B musicians such as Amel Larrieux and D'Angelo, as well as jazz musicians such as David Murray, Steve Coleman, Cassandra Wilson, Graham Haynes.
The album starts off with an intro track, and while I usually spend some time talking about them, this one truly is a short and sweet introduction, dizzying to say the least and fleeting. By the time you grasp what is being said, it’s gone and we get right into the great instrumentals and jazz infused beats signature to the group in Respond/React. When The Roots created Illadelph Halflife, they truly took the mechanics of Hip Hop and rap and effortlessly combined it with jazz and a whole lot of soul. From production to instrumentals to lyrics, The Roots left no stone unturned and gave us a twenty track masterpiece of every musical and poetic art form by showcasing talents of their members.
1996: The Roots drop off Illadelph Halflife, a third studio album that helped reinforce the group's reputation for wholesome music while bolstering Black Thought's status as a premier lyricist. At 20 tracks, Illadelph Halflife is a sizable LP filled with bars and a soundscape that marked the group's shift to a more straightforward, East Coast rap aesthetic. Thematically, Illadelph Halflife is a project that finds The Roots touching on everything from societal ills ("It Just Don't Stop") to their own flat-out lyrical supremacy ("Clones"). The latter track, which would become the most popular on the LP, features a dark instrumental and some ferocious bars from Black Thought and guest verses from .
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|215 Side / Side 5|
|A35||Respond / React
Co-producer – Black ThoughtProducer – KeloRemix – Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson
Co-producer – KeloProducer – Grand Negaz
Co-producer – Grand Negaz, RahzelProducer – Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson
|A38||It Just Don't Stop
Producer – Kelo
Co-producer – Ahmir '?uestlove' ThompsonFeaturing – Dice RawProducer – Chaos
|B40||Push Up Ya Lighter
Co-producer – KeloFeaturing – BahamadiaProducer – Grand Negaz
|B41||What They Do
Co-producer – Grand Negaz, Raphael SaadiqProducer – Ahmir '?uestlove' ThompsonVocals – Raphael Saadiq
|B42||? Vs. Scratch (The Token DJ Cut)
Producer – Scratch
|B43||Concerto Of The Desperado
Producer – Kelo
|610 Side / Side 7|
Featuring – Dice RawProducer – Kelo
|C45||UNIverse At War
Featuring – CommonProducer – Chaos
Co-producer – Chaos Producer – Grand Negaz
|C47||Dave vs. US
Producer – Grand Negaz
|C48||No Great Pretender
Producer – Grand Negaz
Co-producer – LA Jay, Slim Kid 3Producer – Ahmir '?uestlove' ThompsonVocals – D'Angelo
|D50||Ital (The Universal Side)
Co-producer – The UmmahFeaturing – Q-TipProducer – Grand Negaz
Featuring – Joshua RedmanProducer – Grand NegazVocals – Cassandra Wilson
|D52||The Adventures In Wonderland
Co-producer – Ahmir '?uestlove' ThompsonProducer – Grand NegazVocals – Ursula Rucker
- Executive Producer – Richard Nichols
- Mixed By – Bob Power (tracks: A34 to A36, A38 to C45, C47 to D53)
NotesManagement...Watch You Back Management
© 1996 Geffen Records Inc.
Songs are numbered from 34 to 53 on the center labels.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 7 2064 24972 1 0
- Matrix / Runout (Side 5): DGC 2-24972 - A GL1
- Matrix / Runout (Side 6): DGC 2-24972 - B GL1
- Matrix / Runout (Side 7): DGC 2-24972 - C GL2
- Matrix / Runout (Side 8): DGC 2-24972 - D GL1
|DGCD-24972||The Roots||Illadelph Halflife (CD, Album)||DGC||DGCD-24972||US||1996|
|GED 24972||The Roots||Illadelph Halflife (CD, Album)||Geffen Records||GED 24972||Europe||1996|
|GED 24972, 424 972-2||The Roots||Illadelph Halflife (CD, Album, RE)||Geffen Records, Geffen Records||GED 24972, 424 972-2||UK & Europe||Unknown|
|DGCD-25111||The Roots||Illadelph Halflife (CD, Album, Cle)||Geffen Records, DGC||DGCD-25111||US||1996|
|DGCC-24972||The Roots||Illadelph Halflife (Cass, Album)||DGC||DGCC-24972||US||1996|