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The Roots' 'The Tipping Point' To Be Reissued For 15th Anniversary

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In honor of its 15th anniversary, The Roots' legendary sixth album The Tipping Point is available once again via Geffen/Urban Legends. The amalgam of hip-hop, soul and funk, originally released on Geffen Records in 2004, has been reissued as standard black double vinyl as well as on translucent gold limited-edition colored double vinyl, to be released July 12.

The Tipping Point, named after Malcolm Gladwell's 2000 pop-sociology classic in which he explored how minor movements and behaviors can proliferate, was where the Roots really honed their sound and messaging. The Philadelphia rap crew, led by MC Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, was at a crossroads, with acclaimed albums like 1996's Illadelph Halflife and 1999's Things Fall Apart under their belt, while still five years away from their national TV turn on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

On highlights like "Star," "Don't Say Nuthin'" and "Guns Are Drawn," the Roots did what they do best: blending multifarious influences from soul, funk and jazz music, funneled through a canny social conscience and kinetic musicians: bassists Adam Blackstone and Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, guitarists Anthony Tidd, "Captain" Kirk Douglas and Martin Luther, keyboardists Kamal and Omar Edwards and more, helmed by producers Questlove and Scott Starch. The album samples Sly & the Family Stone ("Everybody is a Star" on "Star"), Al Hirt ("Harlem Hendoo" on "Stay Cool" and the Rimshots ("Dance Girl" on "Web").

The Tipping Point Track Listing Side A

  1. Star

  2. I Don't Care

  3. Don't Say Nuthin'

  4. Guns Are Drawn

  5. Stay Cool

  6. Web

  7. Boom!

Side B

  1. Somebody's Gotta Do It

  2. Duck Down!

  3. Why (What's Goin On?)

  4. The Mic

  5. Melting Pot

  6. Din Da Da

Order The Tipping Point now here-

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