Friday, May 09, 2008

The 11 Best Roots Songs:

Some love him. Some hate him. Some think he's the greatest players in the NBA. Some believe he may someday be the greatest of all time. Some believe he's a role model. Some think he's rapist. Some think he's the kind of guy you want to bring home to your mother. Some think he's the kind of guy you don't want to leave alone with your younger sister. Some think he's a nice guy. Some think he's an asshole.

Whatever your impression is of Kobe Bryant. His impact on the world is undeniable. A 3-time NBA champion and most recently...Player of the Year. Because he can play ball unlike anyone else in the league...does that negate all the baggage that comes along with him? As long as the Lakers keep winning...then the answer is yes. If the Lakers were losing, then Kobe would be on the first flight to Oklahoma City.

In America, as long as your more talented than anyone around you...then you get a free pass to do anything you want. If Charles Manson had been a "good" singer...then he wouldn't be in prison right now. He would be the wacky aging rock star they'd wheel out at Grammy time to make a novelty appearance and do a guest spot with Rhianna. And people would love him. Don't believe me? Why do they still play Gary Glitter's "Rock N' Roll Parts 1&2" at ball games...even though he's a convicted child molester? Roman Polanski won best director. OJ Simpson is still allowed to buy kitchen knives. Rebecca Gayheart is still allowed to drive.

Here are The 11 Best Roots Songs:

1. What You Want (The Roots Come Alive)
2. The Next Movement (Things Fall Apart)
3. I Remain Calm (Do You Want More?!!!??!)
4. You Got Me (Things Fall Apart)
5. The Seed 2.0 (Phrenology)
6. Adrenaline (Things Fall Apart)
7. Don't Feel Right (Game Theory)
8. Don't Say Nuthin' (The Tipping Point)
9. Game Theory (Game Theory)
10. Tao of the Machine (Blade 2)
11. In The Music (Game Theory)

Buy the new roots album, RISING DOWN.


Court said...

If it weren't for the last half of it, I'd throw Water at the top of this list from Phrenology.

Ian said...

I feel like you disregarded a lot of their best afrocentric sound. Like what about Part Too (Love of My Life)? That song represents both the band at their musical best and Black Thought at his most heartfelt and poetic. I feel like their generally needed to be more focus on Things Fall Apart as well.