The Roots release ‘Things Fall Apart’ with Erykah Badu & Common among other guests (1999)

The Roots‘ ‘Things Fall Apart’ is their fourth studio album released on February 23, 1999 by MCA

Track Listing : 1.Act Won (Things Fall Apart) (Ahmir Thompson, Spike Lee) – 00:54 . 2.Table Of Contents (Parts 1 & 2) (Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Kamal Gray, Rahzel M. Brown, Karl Jenkins, Kyle Jones, Leonard Hubbard, Smart Abdul-Basset) – 03:37 . 3.The Next Movement (Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Kamal Gray, Leonard Hubbard) – 04:10 . 4.Step Into The Realm (Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Kamal Gray, Leonard Hubbard, Smart Abdul-Basset, Kenyatta Williams) – 02:49 . 5.The Spark (Ahmir Thompson, Kamal Gray, Leonard Hubbard, Smart Abdul-Basset) – 03:53 . 6.Dynamite! (Tariq Trotter, James Yancey, Rehani Sayeed) – 04:46 . 7.Without A Doubt (Tariq Trotter, Jb Weaver, Melvin Lewis) – 04:15 . 8.Ain’T Sayin’ Nothin’ New (Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Kamal Gray, Rahzel M. Brown, Karl Jenkins, Kyle Jones, Leonard Hubbard, Scott Storch) – 04:34 . 9.Double Trouble (Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Kamal Gray, Rahzel M. Brown, Karl Jenkins, Kyle Jones, Leonard Hubbard, D. Beze, James Poyser) – 05:51 . 10.Act Too (The Love Of My Life) (Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Kamal Gray, Rahzel M. Brown, Karl Jenkins, Kyle Jones, Leonard Hubbard, Poyser, Lonnie Lynn) – 04:55 . 11.100% Dundee (Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Kamal Gray, Rahzel M. Brown, Karl Jenkins, Kyle Jones, Leonard Hubbard, Abdul-Bassit, Rozell Brown) – 03:54 . 12.Diedre Vs. Dice (Ahmir Thompson, Karl Jenkins, Dredre Murray) – 00:47 . 13.Adrenaline! (Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Kamal Gray, Rahzel M. Brown, Karl Jenkins, Kyle Jones, Leonard Hubbard, Abdul-Bassit, Storch, Dwight Grant) – 04:28 . 14.3Rd Acts: ? Vs. Scratch 2… Electric Boogaloo (Ahmir Thompson, Kamal Gray, Leonard Hubbard, Abdul-Bassit) – 00:51 . 15.You Got Me (Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Kamal Gray, Rahzel M. Brown, Karl Jenkins, Kyle Jones, Leonard Hubbard, Storch, Jill Scott) – 04:19 . 16.Don’T See Us (Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Kamal Gray, Rahzel M. Brown, Karl Jenkins, Kyle Jones, Leonard Hubbard, Smart Abdul-Basset, Poyser) – 04:30 . 17.The Return To Innocence Lost (Ahmir Thompson, Ursula Rucker, Anthony Tidd) – 11:55

Musicians : The Roots – Band . ?Uestlove – Drums . James Poyser – Keyboards . Anthony Tidd – Guitar . Bob Power – Synthesizer . Scott Spencer Storch – Keyboards . Dice Raw – Vocals On (8 – 12 – 13 – 16 ) . Beanie Sigel – Vocals On (13) . Erykah Badu – Vocals On (15) . Dj Jazzy Jeff – Vocals On (3) . Common – Vocals On (10) . Lady B – Vocals On (7) . D’Angelo – Keyboards . Eve Of Destruction – Vocals On (15) . Larry Gold – Viola . Leonard Hubbard – Bass . Jazzyfatnastees – Vocals On On (3) . Mos Def – Vocals On (9) . Bob Powers – Synthesizer . Ursula Rucker – Poetry On (17) . Erik Steinert – Pro-Tools . Igor Szwec – Violin . Marie Daulne – Vocals (Background)

Production : Produced By The Grand Wizzards, Scott Storch, Jay Dee . ?Uestlove Assistant Engineer . Todd Fairall – Engineer . Jim Caruana – Mixing Assistant . Adam Cerda – Assistant Engineer . Chaos – Assistant Engineer . Mario Dearce – Mixing Assistant . Tim Donovan – Assistant Engineer . Dave Ivory – Engineer . Melvin Lewis – Engineer . Mark Mitchell – Assistant Engineer . Rob Murphy – Assistant Engineer . Axel Niehaus – Engineer, Mixing . Bob Power – Mixing . Gordon Rice – Engineer . Blair Wells – Engineer . Matt Wilcox – Mixing Assistant . Tom Coyne – Mastering, Mixing . Keith Cramer – Engineer, Mixing Assistant . Richard Nichols – Mixing

Package : Kenny J. Gravillis – Artwork . Russell A. Robinson – Artwork

Recorded 1997–1999 At Electric Lady Studios (New York, New York).

Released On February 23, 1999 By Mca.

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Sputnikmusic.com
The only significant flaw (if one can even call it that) in Things Fall Apart is its 71-minute runtime. It is a massive collection of songs that will occasionally run dry when trying to down the entire disc in one sitting, but it would be well-suited for a nice long drive during an uneventful hour or after some rather unfortunate event had befallen the listener […]

Stereogum
The Roots Albums From Worst To BestWhile a case can be made for shuffling around many of the entries on this list, it’s hard to imagine anyone tackling this feature and not confidently placing Things Fall Apart at the top. A watershed moment not just for the Roots, but for hip-hop in general,.. […]

allmusic
But the real stars are Black Thought and Malik B, who drop such consistently nimble rhymes throughout the record that picking highlights is extremely difficult. Along with works by Lauryn Hill, Commonand Black Star, Things Fall Apart is essential listening for anyone interested in the new breed of mainstream conscious rap. […]

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