THE ROOTS / “False Media”

MP3 08 False Media.mp3 (4.81 MB)

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2 Responses to “THE ROOTS / “False Media””

C. Liegh McInnis Says:
November 13th, 2006 at 1:24 pm

Yeah, I understand Kalamu in his notions about the Roots. I, for the life of me, don’t know why I don’t like the Roots. They are everything that I say I like about a musical artist. They are smart, they are musicians, they are unique, but they don’t butter my toast. And, it has nothing to do with my lack of love for rap/hip hop. Often, I find that I like an artist’s philosophy, but I do not like the manner in which they present or manifest their philosophy. John Legend is one. I know that I should like John Legend. He’s a wonderfully-crafted songwriter. He doesn’t write bullshit songs. He has a wonderful voice. I can see, hear, smell, feel, and taste the spirits of Stevie Wonder and other greats in his work, but all I can thing is “God, I hope other people buy his records because I’m not moved.” That’s how I feel about the Roots. Yet, I think that my attitude toward the Roots and John Legend says that we can respect someone even if we don’t particularly like (are entertained by) their work. So, I respect the Roots for what they mean/are to music. They are a band in the traditional sense whose work continues to push to envelop. They are a rainbow of black music (sounds and ideas). And though I may not like their work, I recognize that it has a positive effect on art, culture, and me. So, I must at least be learned about the Roots so that I can, when the situation arises, be able to assert that they are worthy of a grant or a fellowship or airplay or whatever we do to make sure that worthwhile art gets exposed to the public. I guess there are two ways to dig something.

Adam S Says:
November 22nd, 2006 at 2:47 am

See them LIVE!! videos, do not do justice to the musicianship and quality the Roots put out at a live show. There is so much Hip-Hop without Substance or Virtue these days…The Roots,Micheal Franti, Mos Def…Music doesn’ HAVE to always carry a positive, thought provoking message, but it’s a welcome surprise when it does!!

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