Artist: The Roots

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The Roots

If you were wondering what the heck phrenology means, the Roots wouldn’t have it any other way. Hip-hop’s hardest-working live band continues where they left off with Things Fall Apart, forcing listeners to think outside of the Hot 97 FM box—or just plain think. On “Thought at Work,” lead emcee Black Thought—the most criminally underrated wordsmith of his time—weaves captivating flows over a neck-snapping break beat, while on “Water” he boldly addresses the controversy surrounding his partner-in-rhyme Malik B’s alleged substance abuse. While…

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