2. "Let me get this out of the way..." In response to Reply # 0
...since I know how conversations usually go on here.
Tipping Point and Things Fall Apart are two of my top albums of all time. Phren, DYWM, and Organix aren't on my GOAT list, but they're damn good too. Additonally, I've seen the Roots live more times than I can count and many of those shows rank among the best concert experiences of my life.
The Roots could never do anything else again and they've already given a ton to me and other fans. Geffen dropped the ball horribly on Tipping Point and they've never gotten their due, so I'm glad to see them get cash and attention even when I am not necessarily thrilled with the reasons behind it.
That being said, the last two albums were way sub par and felt rushed. I hope they got paid, but I found the songs disappointing. It's also going to be disappointing if they stop touring to be Jimmy Fallon's house band. Not only will I miss seeing their live shows, but I also can't imagine anything cool or creative coming out of any project attached to Jimmy Fallon. This is not like when The Roots and others appeared on Chapelle's Show. Dave is a genius and let the bands on his show play their music and participate in some funny sketches. Jimmy Fallon, on the other hand, has never done anything good or remotely funny. I can't imagine anything good will come out of this partnership from a longtime fan's perspective (hell, even if he let them play good stuff on the show and they did hilarious skits it would be hard to imagine any tv show being worth losing out on all future tours).
Like I said though, good for them if this means they finally make serious bank and get wider exposure. I just hope that they find a way to still do some touring if this rumor is true*.
*I didn't see the video that spawned this rumor, but I'm assuming it's true because of the silence on the boards re: this subject
9. "RE: patience, grasshopper" In response to Reply # 8
i for one am happy for the roots that they get to have a set job like this in one place. i'm sure it will be better for their personal lives. it might even make their live shows more special when they do happen. that being said, i hope they still make albums.
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10. "RE: patience, grasshopper" In response to Reply # 9
I stumbled upon the Roots after they opened for Dave Matthews back in the TFA days. I immediately bought TFA and their previous albums, fell in love with the sound and creativity of a live hip hop band. The Roots gave me Okayplayer and opened my ears to the sounds of Common, Talib, LB, and countless other unique artists whom I became a fan of. They also have performed some of the top live shows I have been lucky enough to attend, maintaining that level of consistent performance while touring on a ridiculous schedule which included the majority of the past 10 years...all while coming up with time to create album after album of their own creative material which they poured their sound into. The rest is long overdue, glad they can find a stable period to enjoy their lives from the comforts of a place they can call home. I look forward to what this time will produce from an album standpoint, the Roots band moves in a new direction but the soul will remain the same. Thank you Roots band members (past and present) hope I get a chance to catch to catch the final show of the decade+ long tour.
15. "RE: but why Jimmy Fallon???" In response to Reply # 13
Because Jimmy Fallon hsa a show, duh? You could conjure up your dream scenario but they had to evaluate the very real opportunity that was in front of them. And opportunities like this don't come often.
Fallon was a good weekend update host and now I think he is infinitely cooler than I previously thought because of his interest in the roots.
If at the end of the day it doesn't work , they can leave.
Give it a chance and don't be so closed minded folks.
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