How The Roots’ ‘How I Got Over’ Became Their Crowning Achievement Of The New Millennium

After spending much of the ’90s establishing themselves as critical darlings, The Roots entered the new millennium from a different vantage point — emerging stars. The rap ensemble’s Q rating began catching up to their acclaim with the breakout success of their fourth studio album, Things Fall Apart, in 1999. The group’s first album to earn gold certification, Things Fall Apart was followed by Phrenology, which yielded the group another gold plaque. During the latter half of the aughts, The Roots took a creative detour following the release of their sixth studio album, 2004’s The Tipping Point, which featured a more pop-oriented sound and garnered a mixed-reaction in comparison to the universal praise attributed to their previous efforts…


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