Game Theory

First of all, word on the mean streets of the Internets is that if Game Theory doesn’t go at least gold, the Roots are going to be dropped from Def Jam like a bad habit.

I thought they might have had one of the deals like Sonic Youth has with Geffen where all they have to do is record some shit every year or so, but apparently they don’t. I can’t give the album a full-on recommendation myself, but I will say that there are certainly worse rap albums you could buy this year and only a few that are better, for what it’s worth.

I had my London (London) Bureau Chief review this for my own site, and I originally covered it here as part of my first evar tax write-off roundup, but I figured it would be cool to take a more in-depth look at the album today, on its release date.

My bad if they pulled a TV on the Radio and switched up the tracklisting. I’m still rocking my “special press advance” copy from several weeks ago.

DIllatastic Vol Won(derful). Fades in from silence with some, um, music. Like most intros of this type, it doesn’t serve much of a purpose other than making the album that much more pretentious. Fortunately, it’s mercifully brief.

False Media. Not unlike the Wu-Tang Clan’s god-awful “Chrome Wheels,” from Iron Flag, a homeless guy was brought in to do the chorus on this. What is he saying, anyway? America is lost somewhere inside of Littleton? ‘the fuck is that supposed to mean? That said, I suppose some rap group needed to address the childhood ritalin epidemic(?).

Game Theory. Doesn’t sound especially different than “Don’t Feel Right” or several other songs on the past couple of albums, but I like the fact that it incorporates some sort of vocal sample during the chorus, which saves them from having to come up with anything on their own. Also, crackhead Malik B makes his triumphant return to rappin’ here.

Don’t Feel Right. The ill-fated first single. Whatever happened to trying to rewrite “You Got Me” for the umpteenth time? For all we know, the shit might have worked again this time. ?uestlove, here’s an idea for the next album you can have (for a small fee): an interracial “You Get Me” with Christina Aguilera. Tell me that shit wouldn’t sell.

In the Music. Works the same Knight Rider vibe Scott “Deadbear” Storch came up with for the last album’s ill-fated first single. It’s the chorus that really kills it though. Did they run out of money for Sly Stone samples? Also, I like how Malik B’s verse has hardly anything to do with Black Thought’s.

Take It There. Black Thought takes it there. Apparently, things are really shitty in the ghetto. The homeless guy from the first song drops another one of his poems. Pretty much an all around shit sandwich.

Baby. A song where the chorus just goes baby, baby, baby, baby. Really? Black Thought’s verses call to mind his ones from “The Seed 2.0,” which makes me wonder what Cody Chestnusts is up to these days. Nullus. Here’s a thought: Maybe he is the homeless guy that’s doing all these damn poems.

Here I Come. Like a modern day “Clones,” but way more Limp Bizkit-y. At least it kinda rocks though, and you should hear it live. Lifelong scarves and water man Dice Raw drops a verse.

Long Time. The one with Peedi Peedi. He kinda murders Black Thought on his own shit. He’s got charisma like that.

Livin’ in a New World. The kind of song you stick dead in the middle of the second half and hope no one notices. Again, I could use a Sly Stone sample or even just nothing on the chorus here.

Clock with No Hands. A sort of shitty, neo-soul “Seasons in the Sun.” The chorus incorporates the one lightskinted fellows sing-songy raps from the Pharcyde’s “Running Away,” which never sat quite right with me in the first place, and may very well have been the straw that ultimately led Fatlip to get a blow job from another guy. No SexyBack.

Atonement. Samples Radiohead’s “You and Whose Army?” But it’s way too slow for my liking. J Dilla, if he wasn’t dead as doornails, could probably pull something like this off pretty well.

Can’t Stop This. The part of this that’s an actual rap song is really well done. I could do without the rest of it, but I’m an asshole like that.

And that’s the thing with this album: You can’t help but think that an album of Black Thought rappin’ over nothing but beats from Dilla’s ‘oh shit I’m about to die’ hodgepodge Donuts would be far superior to what the Roots come up with here. The best tracks on this aren’t especially better than anything on the last couple of albums; they’re just “darker.” And a good half of this is just kinda shitty.

  • http://www.okayplayer.com Lyrikally Ill

    You know I am getting really sick of ya’ll critics that don’t know shit about music knock down conscience shit. All you know is shoot em up cars with rims and iced out chains. Who the hell allowed you to review shit. You don’t know what good music sounds like because you are socially conditioned to like ignorant shit like the rest of these dudes. Grow the fuck up and stop hating on positive shit. its dudes like you that have helped fuck up the way music is perceived. Stop fucking with good hip hop. Game Theory is the blue print of what creativity is. Recognize that dog!!!

  • Meka Soul

    hmmm…

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    So… It’s darker, and depending on what side of the bed you woke up on (no ashton vilderrama), it’s either just as good as their last few, or just as bad as their last few, and there are some bad songs on it too.

    Wow Bol, you should do horoscopes. (sarcasm heavily implied)

    First when I wrote this.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Fucking Meka Soul…

    …relegating me to 2nd.

  • Doc Flav

    Fat Lip Got Head From A Dude?! Thats Just Nasty! Fat Lip Let The Dope Turn Him Like That?

  • Meka Soul

    funny. not in a “haha” way, but in a “detrimental to society” kinda way.

  • illadelph

    geeze man, im still coppin it.

  • http://xxl 2liveanddieinGA

    THE ROOTS ARE A DEF JAM TAX WRITE OFF,THEY GET NO BURN DOWN SOUTH ,TELL THE ROOTS TO DO LIKE THIER LABEL HEAD AND GRACEFULLY BOW OUT.

  • Mr.Me

    Long Time. The one with Peedi Peedi. He kinda murders Black Thought on his own shit. He’s got charisma like that.

    ^^umm…I doubt that. That niggas Peedie’s voice is annoyin an he’s over hyped compared to Sigel, Gillie, an Freeway. The only good things about the Roots is that Black Tought can freestyle for real an they used live instruments. Other than that them niggas is nerdy dudes. That new Young Dro is better than this album.

  • I Fux

    Fatlip is a funny motherfucker, I am pretty sure he patented himself after the nigga that wanted to suck O-dogg’s dick in Menace2Society or vice versa, the character was based on Fatlip

  • e

    This review was really unclear it seems like all the songs are somewhere between good and unbearable

  • babyboy

    REY DO JUST SIT DOWN IN UR PC AND WAIT 4 bOL 2 COME UP WIT SOMETIN?? U HERE LIKE DIS IS SOME KIND OF CHAT ROOM MAN, GET I FUCKIN LIFE, ALWAYS MAKIN STUPID REMARKS ABOUT SHIT SHUT DA FCK UP AND GO 2 SLEEP, PUNK AZZ MF.

    THIS ALBUM IS DOPE MAN, BABY IS A NICE TRACK

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    BABYBOY– Change your diaper, my friend.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >So… It’s darker, and depending on what side of the bed you woke up on (no ashton vilderrama), it’s either just as good as their last few, or just as bad as their last few, and there are some bad songs on it too.

    I like it less than either of the last two. Before, all I said was that it wasn’t better than the last one.

    Get your English game together.

    >Fat Lip Got Head From A Dude?!

    Yeah, I might have to do a story on that one day. No Ne-Yo.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    *sigh*

    It’s gonna be one of those days here on Dos Equis, isn’t it?

  • Spark

    Clean ur ears bol u slippin. Game theory is far better then the 2 previous lp’s and its a very good rap album i guess u should keep on listenning 2 xtina or justin. or whatever the fuck else they play on radio.

  • Spark

    best album 2 come out since the carter admin.

  • Danja29

    The FatLip shit had me dead… wtf? Ehhh… anyway, I’m one of those Roots fans who likes their artistry and their better work, but really has NEVER been able to repeatedly sit thru a whole album of theirs. It just seems alot of the time that it would make for a better listen at a show than at home.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    u a faggit ass nigga bol

    yo bol..that lipstick wearin faggit sickamore got like 170 comments and u only got 17 today…dat nigga gettin’ 2 big fo his boots

  • Doc Flav

    Bol That Would Be A Trip To Read. (no Tyson Beckford )

  • Meka Soul

    sickamore has his own issues to worry about, what with combat jack tearing him a new one [no macy gray] and all.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Yeah, Sick definitely screwed himself (no transient) with that whole attempted 70s babies vs 80s babies war.

  • BELIZE

    Just want evryone to know:
    THAT NEW MEF ALMBUM IS GOOD…REALLY GOOD

    1st Cd i bought since KING and I dont feel hustled!

  • Spark

    go blog 4 tha source!!!

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    sickamore definately an over emotional bitchmade faggit who be gettin’ sunned all day eryday (no rey)

  • thoreauly77

    a little off of the subject at hand, but sickamore’s blogs still suck. on to the subject at hand, i got the tipping point and maybe listened to it about 3 times attempting to train myself to like it. i just cant let myself do something like that again. i like the idea of the roots and illadelph was and is sick, but i cant keep spending 15 bucks on something that gets three spins. oh yeah and sickamore ethered himself yesterday with his retort to CJ. am i wrong?

  • BELIZE

    Sickamore = Snowball from Full Metal Jacket

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Sickamore shouldn’t have responded.

    Transi = xxlmag.com’s Ralph Wiggum

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    Sickamore = Snowball from Full Metal Jacket

    ^ lmao

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    i’m mo like xxlmag’s nelson

    rey = xxlmag.com’s mr smithers

  • thoreauly77

    sickamore caught some feelings. CJ’s shit wasnt even that funny but picturing sickamore leaving teardrops on his keybored = reasonable doubt.

  • BELIZE

    That nigga METHODMAN’s CD is different than the XXL review too…he went back and added a couple of bangers (the inro is crack)..in other words he basically punk’d YN..haaa fuk them critics
    Bout to blaze to the intro again

  • Meka Soul

    if sick stayed calm in his response blog, instead of coming across as prodigy post-”takeover,” he wouldn’t make mr. jack’s post that much more believable.

    looking like an extra from “revenge of the nerd part 3″ didn’t help matters also.

    anyways, “illadelph halflife” > “things fall apart” > “game theory.”

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Na, you got it twisted..

    Rey = Brian Griffin

    Transi = Stewie Griffin

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    Is Game Theory different than the leaked version?

  • MR. DICK

    Who cares if they get dropped from their label. I like conscious rap but the shit has to sound good too (See Public Enemy).

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    lol..

    Bol = Quagmire

  • slap fire out a blog

    I refuse to believe this, I wil still be purchasing (not burning) this CD

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    Do You Want More > Illadelph > Things Fall Apart > Phrenology > The Tipping Point > Game Theory

  • Spark

    No its just good bol c’mon dawg

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    I don’t even know who the fuck Quagmire is.

    Is this some cartoon shit?

  • BELIZE

    Transi = Gomer Pile (cause u come across as a crazy white boy)

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Shit dude, You don’t watch Family Guy? That’s horseshit. You’re just as much of a pop culture whore as the rest of us.

    You’re definitely Quagmire. Trust me.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Transi = Jethro

    Meka = The Professor

    Belize = Gilligan

    Rey = Jed (why not)

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    DJ N-Credible = Mrs. Howell

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    I don’t watch anything that’s animated other than Beavis and Butthead.

  • BELIZE

    Bol Says:

    August 29th, 2006 at 2:47 pm
    I don’t even know who the fuck Quagmire is.

    Is this some cartoon shit?

    ^^^haaa..that nigga in denial..but i think he be more of a Clevland Brown type of dude, Quagmire gets way too much pussy to be bol’s maturbating 24/7 ass

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Too easy…

    …but why not…

    Bol = Stuart

    Meka & Belize = Beavis & Butthead

    Rey = Todd

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    gomer pile more like sickamore..nigga hidin’ his lipgloss next 2 his donut stash

    i be da drill sgt..runnin’ shit…

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    I was a huge fan of Daria when it was on MTV, but I don’t get the N or whatever station it comes on now.

    The two Daria movies are incredible.

    No Fatlip.

  • BELIZE

    Rey Says:

    August 29th, 2006 at 2:49 pm
    Transi = Jethro

    Meka = The Professor

    Belize = Gilligan

    Rey = Jed (why not)

    ^^lol…how the hell we get to gilligan from family guy?

  • dj madwax

    you’re mostly entertaining but writing a review just so you can make a wise crack per track is gay as fuck

    step it up sucka

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I hated Daria, but I can definitely see you loving that show.

  • BELIZE

    Bol Says:

    August 29th, 2006 at 2:53 pm
    I was a huge fan of Daria when it was on MTV, but I don’t get the N or whatever station it comes on now.

    The two Daria movies are incredible.

    No Fatlip.

    ^WTF? cant believe i read a blog from a nigga in luv with Diaharea (cha-cha-cha) Diaharea…..haaaaaa)

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    All of the good DJ names must have been used up a long time ago.

  • Young A. Simmons

    Only a Gin Blossoms listin gopher who lives in his mothers cellar would hate on Game theory so much.

    oh wait….

    c’mon Bol i went to your website and read about 10 album reviews at random and all you do is piss take every track.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Just go with it, Beli. (no will.i.am)

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    Daria > All those other shitty cartoon series on Fox and the Cartoon Network.

  • BELIZE

    Congrats DJ Original Name—- u officially dont have the wackest DJ name, DJ MadWack..excused me DJ madwax, beat u to the punch

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    LOL @ Belize– I remember that!!

    LMAO @ Bol

  • BELIZE

    Bol Says:

    August 29th, 2006 at 2:58 pm
    Daria > All those other shitty cartoon series on Fox and the Cartoon Network.

    ^This nigga goin loco…i think u ate too juch cookie crisp today buddy

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Daria was depressing. Damm, Bol.. this is just gonna give the “Bol is really white” party more ammo.

    Family Guy > Daria, hands down.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    xxlmag.com as the wire..

    transient = marlo (dat new nigga takin’ over)

    bol = prop joe stuart (da fat fuckin nigga but a vet in da game)

    yellow nigga = avon barksdale (you finished, dawg)

    sickamore = stringer bell (no come back fo dat nigga now)

    belize = cheese aka the character method man played (cuz i think dis nigga is method man since he the one man promotion team fo meth new cd)

    rey – omar (da faggit ass nigga)

    dj drama = bubbles (faggit ass bummy snitch nigga)

  • Hova

    Game Theory gonna flop like a pan cake

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >rey – omar (da faggit ass nigga)

    LOL

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    godamn, bol..daria?

    dats almos as bad as da sickamore lipgloss pic

  • BELIZE

    lol at transi, but sick would be Sgt Ellis Carver (cuz he wanna be hard but we all know he soft like gerber food)

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I’ve seen one episode of the wire in my life. I didn’t see what the allure of a bunch of men in jail F.A.F.-ing eachother was…

    …altho’ I’m sure Bol & Transi know all too well.

    That being said, I’d rather be:

    “rey – omar (da faggit ass nigga)” than “dj drama = bubbles (faggit ass bummy snitch nigga)”

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Transi = Andy DuFresne (but only when the sisters get ahold of him)

    Let’s see who gets this one.

  • BELIZE

    Bol = uncle ruckus from the boondocks (cuz he really think he a fat white dude…lol)

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >I’ve seen one episode of the wire in my life. I didn’t see what the allure of a bunch of men in jail F.A.F.-ing eachother was…

    You must be thinking about OZ.

    And, for what it’s worth:

    Omar = gulliest gay dude ever.

    No Bubbles.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Fuck. I was thinking of Oz. Still tho’… Same shit.

    Dammit. Fucking HBO. Haven’t seen any episodes of the wire.

    If I was a gay dude (i said “if”, transi–quit e-mailing me pics of yourself wearing sickamore’s lipgloss), I’d be the gulliest fag ever. (no DJ N-Credible)

    lol @ Beli.

  • Jay W

    This album has been “out” for SO long? Why a review now?

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    rey..u need ta check out the wire, dawg…dat’s da best drama on tv

    even a fall out boy listening faggit like u would dig it

    sickamore more like one of da bitches in avon old strip club

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    lol @ transi..

    You’re either a fuckin’ retard or a fuckin’ retard genius.

    Sickamore = Shanene (martin, ya’ll)

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    The gulliest fag ever = still a fag.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Rey = Dr. House of xxlmag.com

    There we go.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Bol = Omar Epps on House

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Bol = Big Gay Al

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    House?

    Rey = the gay guy from My So-Called Life

  • BELIZE

    The Wire is the best show out right now. Period.

    Omar is one gangsta ass butt pirate though

  • BELIZE

    Rey = Barney from the simpsons-cuz i can see his chunky ass at the bar after he broke up his bitch, cryin and babling about life

  • BELIZE

    Bol Says:

    August 29th, 2006 at 3:19 pm
    House?

    Rey = the gay guy from My So-Called Life

    ^damn u watch some gay ass shows (no sweet 16)

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    “Rey = the gay guy from My So-Called Life”

    ^^..dat would bt ricky

    bol is brian…tara is angela

    yea..omar might be a bit too live 2 be rey..rey mo like vito from sopranos

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Bol = the big black gay babysitter during the first season of Making the band 3

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    lol @ Beli..

    Beli = Ned Flanders

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    Bol = Ray Pruit from Beverly Hills 90210

  • e

    South Park > Daria > Family Guy

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Transi watches My So-Called Life?

    That’s the gayest shit ever. I expect that from Bol.

    Bol & Transi = Will & Grace (they can fight over who’s who)

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    No, I’ve got it:

    Bol = The Critic. “It stinks!”

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    South Park = Family guy > Daria

    The Critic > The Simpsons

  • 21sick

    i can’t wait ’til somebody punches your fuckin’ head off.

  • Meka Soul

    i told you, i’m 1/2 of the shit-talking old guys in the balcony from the muppets.

    rey & belize = lenny & carl

    transient = snake

    bol = kent brokman

  • e

    I’m sorry to digress from the animation talk but do you watch 2 a days on mtv Bol I know you used to always post about laguna beach its similar but with southern accents

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Bol= “nibblez” (That Craig Mack lookin bitch)from the Flavor of Love

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Yeah, I put Boner Jams on there but he’s not around.. You and Beli can be them muppets.

    DJ N-Sync = Disco Stu

  • BELIZE

    Rey Says:

    August 29th, 2006 at 3:27 pm
    No, I’ve got it:

    Bol = The Critic. “It stinks!”

    ^best analogy all day…that nigga broke like u bol..haaaa

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Transi = Otto the Bus Driver

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    my so called life wus a truly great show

    if bol sumone frum 90210 he brian austin green’s dumbass nigga wit da cap you accidently smoked his own ass (no rey)

  • dj madwax

    whether my name is wack or not doesnt have shit to do with Bol writing reviews so he can shit on every track.

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    actually u know who Bol is, he’s the black guy who stays w/white women & white people- but talks like a “nigga” in private… like one of those “old black men” chris rock talks about in his stand up show… Think about it, all the signs are there!

  • BELIZE

    transi = officer piklestien from how high

    ill be mef, meka can be red…rey can be ï need $ and bol is the dean

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Bol= cyber hater

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    YN = Mr. Burns

  • BELIZE

    dj madwax Says:

    August 29th, 2006 at 3:35 pm
    whether my name is wack or not doesnt have shit to do with Bol writing reviews so he can shit on every track.

    ^this nigga acting very Sickmore…all but-hurt and shit

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    “BuFu?” “Yeah.. Buy us, Fuck you.”

    Transi.. You claire danes lovin’ fag.

  • e

    50 Cent=Mr. Burns
    YN=Mr.Smithers

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    i prefered da otha chick rayanne 2 angela (claire danes)..rayanne wus a slut who liked 2 get fucked up

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I dunno.. The reviews are funny (the jim jones one from bol’s other site is fucking classic), but sometimes they’re overkill.

    That being said:

    DJ MadWax = Martin (from the simpsons)

  • e

    YN=Splinter from Ninja Turtles

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    You laughed at me for being 26, but damm transi, you gotta be damm near 30 to remember that much of that show.. I never watched that.. too much caucasian angst..

    co-sign E

  • Meka Soul

    if i have to share the balcony with a guy who goes by the name “boner,” i’ll pass.

    boner = boner from “growing pains.”

    mtv’s “2-a-days.” sounds ghey 2 me…

    rey = sideshow mel

    transient = sideshow bob

    bol = krusty the klown

  • Meka Soul

    if yn = splinter, does that mean dave mays & benzino = beebop & rocksteady?

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    i saw my so called life about 4 years ago when they showed da full series one weekend wit da bitch i wus fuckin at da time

  • Fernando

    Tom Tolbert….

    Damnit, I knew The Roots would end up this way. I know Bol hates pretty much everything anyways..but I just have a feeling this album will be terrible.

  • e

    tHe tRaNsIeNt Says:

    August 29th, 2006 at 3:35 pm
    my so called life wus a truly great show

    if bol sumone frum 90210 he brian austin green’s dumbass nigga wit da cap you accidently smoked his own ass (no rey)
    ^^^^^
    How do you remember all that?

  • Meka Soul

    wouldn’t that make bol = april o’neil?

  • e

    mtv’s “2-a-days.” sounds ghey 2 me…
    ^^^
    It is aside from the southern accents and angry coaches it isn’t worth seeing

  • Meka Soul

    len bias.

    the roots’ albums = jadakiss’ albums = enemas.

    they’re both dope artists, however.

  • e

    wouldn’t that make bol = april o’neil?

    ^^^
    Bol is gully enough to pass as Shredder

  • Fernando

    Dj Drama = Chauncy from Menace II Society

    Sickamore = Faggit from da Cryin Game

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    i got every episode of 90210 on dvd..dats da best show eva

  • e

    Shouts out to Lonny Baxter

  • Meka Soul

    so “2-a-days” is a fake “varsity blues.”

    yet mtv bans the “vans” video.

    somehow i get the creeping felling ted turner has his hand involved in this shit.

  • Fernando

    Bol = Ned Beaty in Deliverance

    Rey = Creepy kid in Deliverance

  • Boner Jams 03

    I’m takin this shit global :

    http://www.cafepress.com/totallyradshirt/1092455

  • Fernando

    How the Fuck did the Vans Video get banned???? MTV is the most bitch-made bunch of diaper wearin faggits since the source went out of business. Vanessa Minillo would get it though.

  • JacksonDane

    concious doesn’t equal good, it just means it concious, it can still be a POS

    I’m glad someone was able to sum up this album so well; In 10 years you’ll be hearing the roots in elevators and dentists office

  • Meka Soul

    reece gaines, stromile swift, johnathan bender, neal walk, shawn respert.

    bol = casey jones then.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    That’s really gay, Transi.

    Meka–Good job on the TMNT analogy.

    Bol = Krang

  • e

    Why is Dj Drama not blogging anymore not that he was great at it or anything but not being good at something has stopped him from being a dj?

  • JacksonDane

    Fernando, it didn’t get banned

    I saw it on MTV Jams twice already, it’s just edited so heavily you have no idea what the song is about

  • Fernando

    Bol = Oliver Miller (350 lb. days)

    If the characters in this blog were introduced like the beginning of 90210, Bol, Rey, and Transi would have the gheyist “turnaround-and-look-at-the-camera” moment out of everyone.

  • e

    reece gaines, stromile swift, johnathan bender, neal walk, shawn respert.

    ^^^
    Lol

  • Meka Soul

    [the song sucks IIMHO but] “vans” was bennaed because it was essentially a 4 minute show commercial, not unlike “air force ones,” which got more burn than pedro from “the real world.”

    i’d ether vanessa minillo in front of nick lachey’s faggit ass [no stereotypical gay guy from "the real world"].

    rafael araújo.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Monty Williams, Matt Fish, Rick Brunson.

    Fernando = Steel from Juice

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Anyone remember Idalis? She coulda gotten it.

    Vanessa Minillo was on the cover of Maxim, she coulda gotten it on the table during thanksgiving dinner in that outfit.

  • e

    MTV doesn’t play rap that much anymore anyways it seems like all they play is fall out boy

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    dj drama got run offa hea afta he got continually shit on

    rey = julian from the shield

  • e

    Vanessa Minillo > LaLa sorry Carmelo its true

  • Meka Soul

    bennaed = banned

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Jeff Hornacek, Corey Blount, Othella Harrington

  • Fernando

    Walt “the wizard” Williams

    Dj Drama = White/Black guy in Barbershop.

  • e

    Raef Lafrentz

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Lala could get it.

    Never seen the shield.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    lol @ Nando

  • Meka Soul

    idalis > every other female mtv vj since.

    i still have dreams about her to this day…

    maybe sickamore was right. i am too old for this shit.

    then again, sickamore = the herpes puppet from that fake “sesame street” skit on “chappelle’sshow.”

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Toni Kukoc

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    lol..

    Herp-a-more.

  • e

    Fred Hoiberg, Christian Laettnear, Quinton Ross

  • Meka Soul

    larue martin. lol @ fernando, but i think:

    dj drama = afrikan barber from “barbershop.”

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    LOL..

    Eric Piatkowski.

  • Fernando

    Transi = Paul Wall in Juvenile’s “moma got ass video”

    MTV cycles through fine-ass VJ bitches faster than Bol picks up tampons for his mom

  • e

    then again, sickamore = the herpes puppet from that fake “sesame street” skit on “chappelle’sshow.”
    ^^^
    Funniest comment ever

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Transi is the Armand Gilliam of xxlmag.com

  • e

    Darius Miles, Zach Randolph,

  • Meka Soul

    lol @ rey.

    trajan langdon.

  • Fernando

    I bet Idalis, V. Minillo. and D.T Julie Brown all poop strawberry yogurt….fine ass bitches

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    julian is the homo in the shield

    he has great difficulty in accepting dat he a fudgepacker..kinda like u

    ok..so u dont watch the wire or the shield..da fuck do u watch, rey?

  • e

    They have to come up with a hall of fame for all of mtv’s female vjs

  • Fernando

    Im from Portland E. You know Z-Bo just got in trouble AGAIN for touchin some bitch inappropriatly. Nigga talk like a slave.

  • Meka Soul

    >I bet Idalis, V. Minillo. and D.T Julie Brown all poop strawberry yogurt….fine ass bitches>

    wow…

    isaiah “jr” rider.

  • Fernando

    The Shield, The Wire, Entourage, The Office, The Sopranos (minus last season), South Park, Family Guy are the ONLY watchable shows on weak-ass T.V…….Thoughts????

  • e

    u dont watch the wire or the shield
    ^^^
    You watch some pretty crack ish shows transi

  • Fernando

    My friend sold weed to Bonzi Wells while he was in Portland. He smokes like a fiend

  • e

    Arrested Development was good but it got canceled

  • Fernando

    Bol watches Sex in the City, Will & Grace, Queer Eye…, and This old House.—-Bitch made “steel” looking yamp

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Let’s see…

    I figure I’ll get made fun of regardless, so here we go:

    The only show I make it a point to watch is WWE Raw. There’s a british sitcom called coupling that was hilarious (meka would like it, transi wouldn’t), South Park, Mind of Mencia, and House every now and then, and probably family guy.

    Everything else is putrid, or on the pay cable channels which I do not have.

    (here come the poor fat dumped faggit kanye jokes)

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    entourage sux..never really seen the office..only watched family guy a couple of times

    best shows currently : the wire, deadwood, the shield, rescue me, reno 911, penn & teller bullshit, 24, the sopranos, south park

  • e

    You know Z-Bo just got in trouble AGAIN for touchin some bitch inappropriatly
    ^^^
    They always got players getting in trouble

  • Meka Soul

    >My friend sold weed to Bonzi Wells while he was in Portland. He smokes like a fiend>

    lmao. he doesn’t do anything else worthwhile, plus his name is “bonzi.” he must have been punched in the chest a lot as a child.

    “the daily show” & “the colbert” report to that list.

    never heard of “coupling.” it’s prob’ly on a cable channel i don’t have.

    at least the black chick won the “divas” contest.

  • e

    Reality shows about crack heads are alwauys good. Danny Bonaduchie, Dmx, Bobby Brown

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I liked Blind Date & Pimp My Ride, but I dunno if B.D. is on anymore and PMR’s new cast isn’t as funny as the original.

  • Meka Soul

    oh yeah… popeye jones.

  • e

    alwauys: correction I meant always

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    rey a wrestling fan..lmao..u a golddust ass nigga, rey

    xxlmag.com as saved by the bell..

    transient = zack

    tara = kelly

    yellow nigga = mr belding

    sickamore = jessie

    kris ex = ac slater

    belize = lisa

    rey = screech

    bol = melvin the geeky urkel lookin nigga wit da weird voice

  • Meka Soul

    add “nip/tuck” also.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Coupling went off the air after the 2003 season.. It’s only on DVD now.. It’s f’n hilarious..

    It’s got 3 guys and 3 girls, but it’s NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING like Friends (which is undoubtedly the show Bol & Transi watch on their date nite).. The writing is very clever, and it’s a more of a farce than american sit-coms.

    They tried bringing it over here in fall ’03 but it bombed cuz american audiences are f’n retarded.

  • e

    Anyone in the southern cali area ever see blind date in spanish (its on like some la station) it always ends with them hooking up in a hot tub

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    lol @ transi– That was a good one, I gotta admit.

    C’mon transi, you know you watch wrestling. You get all excited when the sweaty mens come out. (no timbaland)

  • e

    Props on the saved by the bell analogy Transi lol

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Alright kids and kiddettes and whatever the fuck transi is, I’m out like Bol.

    WHATCHA GONNA DO, BROTHER??

    (sorry, I had to)

  • e

    Transi=Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air

  • Meka Soul

    “intervention.” that shit is nuts & actually features crack heads DOING it, whereas we just know that dmx, et all do, but we havent seen them do it.

  • Fernando

    Because Mexicans fuck like rabbits.

    Rey – Who were the two backwood looking whiteboys who tag-teamed back in the day on WWF??? One of em always licked somebodys face.

    Chris Dudley

  • Fernando

    First 48 – That shit is Grimey as Fuck.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    “Transi=Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air”

    ^..c’mon..if any1 carlton it’s bol..

    i used 2 watch wrestling..but i havent watched dat shit in 5 years now since da days of corporate rock/hollywood rock

  • Fernando

    Who was the Million Dollar Man’s little slave that ended up beating his ass?? It was Sybil or some shit like that.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    That would be the bushwhackers. Terry Cummings.

  • e

    “Transi=Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air”

    ^..c’mon..if any1 carlton it’s bol..

    ^^^
    Good point you can be Will Smith

  • Fernando

    C’mon, I know somebody in here remembers these fucks. ……BUSHWHACKERS!!!! Ha ha As Im typing.

    Tom Gugliota

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    i love how rey thinks oz is gay yet he has no problem wit watching semi-naked men in spandex grappling with each other (no bol’s high school wrestling team)

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    lol, Virgil.

  • Fernando

    “Mac Dre the black-Buck-Rogers/
    Got drafts and cuts like the Dodgers”

    YOU BEEZY

  • Meka Soul

    fernando: that would be virgil.

    aka the john salley of the wwf.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    Who was the Million Dollar Man’s little slave that ended up beating his ass?? It was Sybil or some shit like that.

    ^ dat wus virgil…

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    virgil wus in da nwo too, right?

    he wus da weed carrier fo hall & nash

  • e

    John Salley aka the greatest weed carrier of all time.

  • Fernando

    Damn Rey…you really do know your Wrastlin. If anybody wants a good laugh..Find the video on the life and times of the Ultimate Warrior. That dude was one cracked out cracker.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    lol.. ‘grapple’

  • Meka Soul

    anybody remember sunny? she coulda gotten it.

    otis thorpe.

  • Meka Soul

    i saw virgil @ a convention back in march. he’s still trying to get dough off the million dollar man’s name, sigining autographs for $10.

    once a piff pocketer…

  • Fernando

    John Salleys greatest moment…..Playing the computer nerd on Bad Boys. Golden.

    John Salley carried more weed than Boston George

  • Meka Soul

    1-2-3 kid, bob “spark plug” holly, marty jannetty, mideon, the goon.

  • Fernando

    Ricky Pierce.

    Virgil = Poor mans D-bo.

  • e

    John Salley is currently a weed carrier for Tom Arnold

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    He was vincent in the nWo.. TOO SWEEEEET

  • John

    I agree, this album is a huge disapointment. Of course, every magazine and fan dickrides The Roots because they are The Roots.

  • Meka Soul

    john salley = the no name backup band in no doubt.

  • Fernando

    Salley is Tom Arnolds Crack dealer. Chris is the Real Weed carrier on that show. He kisses more black ass than a child molester in prison.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    da nitro girls in wcw wus da hottest bitches

    didnt sunny get addicted to crack and balloon to fuckin’ 200 lb or sum shit?

  • e

    Anyone remember DX(no homo)?

  • Fernando

    What was the tag team that wore all the spikes & shit. They were bout it

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    The Brooklyn Brawler, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Jim The Anvil Neidhart

  • Fernando

    I think it was legion of doom.

    Eddie Guerrero = len bias of WWE

  • Fernando

    Paul Bearer = Bols step-daddy

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Dx is back and still awesome, and that was the legion of doom.. i liked demolition better.

  • Meka Soul

    virgil was “the ringmaster” steve austin’s cheeba stasher.

    enough said.

    world b. free.

  • Fernando

    The sad part is I bet the roots had nothing on the album about what “game theory” actually is.

  • Meka Soul

    >didnt sunny get addicted to crack and balloon to fuckin’ 200 lb or sum shit?>

    yep. sad shit really.

    abe “knuckleball” schwartz, the gobbledy gooker, brutus “the barber” beefcake,” zach gowen, cheatum the 1-eyed midget.

  • Meka Soul

    glacier.

  • Fernando

    Rey was about to leave and look at the liitle kids across the street UNTIL I brought up Wrestling Characters. Now he is more in to this blog than Bobby Brown with yak.

  • Fernando

    Who was the gimp who always came in with a towel on and talked like a porn-star??? Was that HHH in the beginning stages of his carreer???

  • Fernando

    Arthur Agee

    William Gates

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    Curtis Gates (RIP)

  • Meka Soul

    >Who was the gimp who always came in with a towel on and talked like a porn-star??? Was that HHH in the beginning stages of his carreer???>

    that was val venis.

    chris washburn.

  • Fernando

    Yes…..Bol’s blog a.k.a WWE reference guide.

    Calvin Booth

  • BELIZE

    tHe tRaNsIeNt Says:

    August 29th, 2006 at 4:31 pm
    rey a wrestling fan..lmao..u a golddust ass nigga, rey

    xxlmag.com as saved by the bell..

    transient = zack

    tara = kelly

    yellow nigga = mr belding

    sickamore = jessie

    kris ex = ac slater

    belize = lisa

    rey = screech

    bol = melvin the geeky urkel lookin nigga wit da weird voice

    ^u got joke nigga…cant lie though it was funny

  • Uncle Murda

    am tied of critis like u bol who analyze everything and dont give niggaz breaks this album iz way betta than da trash out now

  • THAT CRAZY NAGGUH

    bol: J Dilla, if he wasn’t dead as doornails, could probably pull something like this off pretty well.

    see its niggas like YOU who should be str8 up burned alive bee…

    RESPECT THAT NIGGA JAY DEE dog…

    dont try to shit on sumone’s name posthumously just to get a rise for a fuckin BLOG.

    you net niggas are REALLY starting to be str8 FAGGOTS on here.

    youz a hoe BOL.

    str8 up…

    i hope you get shit on when you die nigga.

    and FUCK you bitch ass BLOG niggas…

    get in the streets instead of being a no face, soft shoed, hidin ass BLOGGER.

    thats for my nigga JAMES.

    fuck XXL

  • THAT CRAZY NAGGUH

    FUCK BOL.

  • FUCK THE NORTH

    THE SOUTH RUNNING THIS RAP SHIT.IS ALL ABOUT CRUNK MUSIC BITCHES

  • Freshman_Woes

    This cat is a bitch ass mutha fucka! Straight disrespecting Dilla…god damn. You need the shit smacked out of you. The Roots shits on your favorite album that came out this year.

  • Anole

    You spelled out my reaction to the ‘T’. And to think that I pre-ordered this shit from iTunes. What an incredible let down. It wasn’t even “dark” or instrumentally rich and multilayered for me. And there was no narrative through line to help us make sense of the superficial ghetto-rage. I’m sorry but the Roots have forgotten the things that made them so important: precise rap-storytelling; musical composition and arrangement bolstered by acoustic instrumentation; and enough cuts with a dance-ability factor to get us moving Public Enemy-style while raising our consciousness. This ends my support of this group. Period.

  • pop a poppa

    THE TRANSIENT Says:
    i got every episode of 90210 on dvd..dats da best show eva

    uh oh… the seeds of doubt have been planted!!! next thing you know TRANSI will be sittin’ next to Sickamore in a picture takin’ machine at the mall wit his new favorite lip gloss he just bought from the MAC store by the food court.

    BONER JAMS 03 Says:
    I’m takin this shit global

    http://www.cafepress.com/totallyradshirt/1092455

    omg… did ya’ll see BONER JAMS 03′s clothing line? he got “rad designs”! LOL

    Rey Says:
    The only show I make it a point to watch is WWE Raw. There’s a british sitcom called coupling that was hilarious.

    yea i seen that show… after watchin’ that shit i made to sure to have a “porn buddy”. (no Marlon Wayans) LOL plus that one blonde bitch on there would get ran through like football practice (practice? you talkin’ bout practice? practice man?).

  • THE REALEST

    all ya’ll fagets are fucking LAME.

    rey u a stalker type faget always there to comment first and then u dont go away. you like a bad smell nigga, that dont go away.

    aint yo lame ass got anythin better to do than write lame shit on the internet??

    damn go out and get some pussy you wack ass faget lovin internet junkie BITCH!

    one.

    man if i was bol id be a little worried. you go to his website, you sit on this comment section for a good period of the day….do you do anything else nicca?

  • Big Jake

    “the first 48″ is my shit, i know somebody done got killed for snitchin’ on that show though. they dont block the persons’ identity enough

  • http://myopinionisbetterthanyours.blogspot.com Young H

    instead of trying to get a laugh, really listen to music

  • pop a poppa

    yo Bol… why are you even reviewing the new album from The Roots?

    shouldn’t you be doin’ a post about your favorite album to drop this month (Danity Kane), instead?

  • cluberlang

    the fuck kinda review is this!

    BOL GET YOUR ALBUM REVIEW GAME TOGETHER SON.
    you obviously aint listening to “game theory”.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Hey THE REALEST, how pathetic is your life that you spend that much time worrying about a quote unquote faget internet junkie bitch like me? Suck your daddy’s dick and hop off mine. UNO!

  • ThingAlec

    About that “America lost in Litteton” part. I happen to live near a place called Littleton. So I thought that was kinda funny.

  • Omar

    Bol, the Dilla cracks are really tasteless even by your standards. Damn crack baby!

  • Shortylightskin

    My prayers are with the family of the Late JDilla. Bol can disrespect a young brother who died way too young from a rare blood disease, not a shootout or drugdeal gone wrong like the media loves to report. U’s a heartless mothafuccka, if duke was a cous of mine, i’d have to beat u down dun! U totally outta line, and it aint the first time u dissed son. Yo dilla was one of the most if not the most underappreciated producers of our time, so let duke rest in peace and thanks for the work u blessed us with. I swore i wouldn’t respond to anymore bullshit bol puts out but this just struck a nerve, i kind of question your sanity sometimes, but this is the king of responses u like obviously but come on dun have a heart and a little respect sometimes! ANd by the way i guess the WHole Roots album is no good, ofcourse either was THe Big Bang(Gold, 2.2 mil worldwide) and Method Mans new one,OUtkast, but hey we got the clever lyrics and flow of the great Rick Ross!!!!Nigga please, XXL has lost all credibility when it comes to reviews, just like the source did around 98′ or so Tribe final Album 3.5,Trick Daddy 4 mics, i stopped after that, because me and my homeboy decided it must be 20 yr olds reviewing shit that don’t know shit about REAL HIP HIP, SEEMS LIKE THATS THE CASE AT XXL! Yeah u gave “The Big Bang” an XL but yet u trashed it and called it a flop, when it’s gold after 3 months shit don’t gotta be platinuma after fuckin 2 weeks, either way its the BEST HIP HOP album of 2006 EASILY. Fuck Bol and all hatas, EAT A DICK UP motherfuckas

  • LondonOG

    You are a fucking arsehole, whoever wrote this review. How in Gods name are you gonna give Rick Ross a bloody XXL and say game thoery is wack. U r a dickhead. U are hating cuase u are dumb, u cant grasp what the roots are about so u diss them. Riss Ross is simple just like you, the Roots are deep and inovative. I am going to spread the word in London that XXL fell off.Ur sales in Europe is taking a nosedive. Bitch

  • J.Y.

    Bol, you’re a punk with no skills.

    You comments and your discernment = shit.

    Keep talkin’ about you went to college but you’re still ignorant as fuck.

    Eat Dilla’s dick.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sirjantzversatile Sir Jantz

    I always have liked the roots ( IAM NOT A CRITIC). I am an avid listener and supporter of hip-hop. The Roots are true essence of what hip-hop is. THe only reason some people wouldn’t like their music is because their not tendy. THey have always made their own lane and are comfortable being different. THe roots are a diverse group of individuals that records their sound using a live band. HOw many rap acts you know have a live band? QuestLove is an excellent drummer/producer. He seems more like the leader of the group. Black Thought is remarkable. He’s only underated because of his complex wordplay. I like it. Whenever you can say something and people don’t understand it, that means that the person listening has a lot of research to do. LIke I said, The Roots are longevity because once you pull a plant from its roots its surely to die. Yeah, you can move the plant to a new location and try to savour what’s left, but its just not the same. THe hip-hop world would no tbe the same without the roots. So, SHHHHH! Don’t say nothing!!!!!

  • marlon

    This fat fruit bol is not a hip hop fan garanteed he is a rocker r and b dude that takes pleasure in annoying hip hop fans, he seriously needs friends.

  • http://www.soundclick.com/atrem God Himself

    YO thoreauly77..spend ya money on some real hip hop…stop f’ing with Def Jam, where their president is only concerned with rap and bullshit and wont promote his real artist (i.e. – Joe Budden, Ghostface, Redman, Method Man….)

    Cop ShadyGuys new mixtape Industry Rule #4,080:SHADY

    and if you dont like it…well at least you only spent $5…ha..nah…

    http://www.soundclick.com/shadyguys
    http://www.myspace.com/loottenant

    for more info stay tuned…and turn off 106 and Park…shit is garbage..

  • RANDOMNAME

    Sombody mustive linked Bol’s review on the OKPLAYER.com boards. You’re in trouble now.

  • THAT CRAZY NAGGUH

    aye nigga did u hear me BOL…?!

    FUCK YOU DOG….

    J DILLA is to be respected.

    FUCK YOU.

  • Spark

    co-sign -That crazy Nagguh

  • TheRealest

    check out all my ice!!!
    im sittin on 22″ rims!!!
    im so paid, im so fly!!!
    “Everybody love me, I’m so cool”!!!

    damn if this is what dude has 2 say about the roots new album, id love 2 hear what he’s got 2 say about the other hot garbage that’s polluting the airwaves

    o wait! this dude probly loves the lyrical gems that came outta new joc city and port of miami…

    id rather listen 2 ANYTHING the roots put out than the ignorant bullshit the crackers r force feeding us every day

  • TheRealest

    … and stop shittin on dilla’s grave. that shit shouldnt b taken lightly

  • babyboy

    Rey= Barney from simpsons, i can see dis nigga in this blog like Barney at da pub ahahahahahah
    Bol=spongebob square pants

    sickmore= Sideshow Bob(when bol says shit, we take a look at wat u have 2 offer ahahah)

    YN=Freddy Kruegger, the most hated

    Belize= Kenny from South park

    Transient=Rumpeltstilkin

  • marlon

    for real if this cunt wants to take this piss out of hip hop why not go count how many times paul wall says candy paint and the disco ball in his mouth on his album, or how the namedropping game rap is basically just the shout out section on an album cover sleeve, why is he always shootin at legends like jigga nas roots and little brother. I’m whating for his rakim and juice crew were overrated blog.

  • marlon

    comparing yourself to cartoons and corny 80′s icons=gay

  • Game Over

    Here’s hoping you stop writing very soon and get a job at UPS like you were supposed to in the first place.

  • Fernando

    Bol is the Shit….Not an actual turd which he resembles, but a really awesome blog-topic creator. Too bad his taste in Hip-hop is non-existent or completely fuxed.

    MAC DRE R.I.P YOU BEEZY!!!

  • kane

    Please, “bol” (is that pronounced ‘bowl’ or ‘ball’) please don’t ever change that picture. i always get a fucking kick out of that stupid ass expression on your face that reminds me not to take you serious when you write bullshit.

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    i heard ?uestlove might be bringing peedi into the roots? apparently him and black thought were real cool, mad chemistry or some shit.

    not feeling this album tbh.

  • Big Hash

    What are you smokin?! This album is dope but I’m not going to dwell on that because ultimately it’s just one man’s opinion. My beef is with your ignorant ass comments about the late great J-Dilla. That really struck a nerve with me. You were way out of line with your comments. Especially since he died over an illness he had no control over and not over no bullshit that he could have prevented. Next time please stick to the review of the album and stop shittin’ on a legend who is not here to defend himself, asshole!!!

  • kane

    lol @ “in depth”. you ugly, dog.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dabee ameldabee

    So is this place like a giant fuckin’ chat room nowadays ?

    That’s the lamest review I’ve ever read anyway.

    Just the very beginning sucks monkeys’ arses… :

    DIllatastic Vol Won(derful). Fades in from silence with some, um, music.

    Can’t you get that’s a replay of Slum’s intro from Fantastic Vol 1 ?

    I won’t go deeper, that’s just such a huge lack of respect for me…

    Dude, just remember who you are…

  • Sushi K

    Well, everything across the spectrum has been said here already, but here’s my 2 cents…

    Fuck Bol, I think you need some better headphones (Sennheiser 250 or even the 100 or the AKG 24) or a decent set of speakers (Logitech z5500 for PC or a Yamaha AVR amp and some Mini Paradigm monitors). Also, may want to go to the doctor have the ears cleaned out (you will be surprised at what they find in there and how much better everything sounds). I think you will be a much happier camper then and listen with a less jaded ear.

    With that said, I agree that about a third to almost half of this album could have been much better, but the parts that work (such as the first four BANGIN tracks!), are hard to deny. Not many are doing this sort of thing in hip hop and they are still putting out strong (but not perfect) material after like 14 years.

    This is certainly very good music and if you’ve got a decent sound system, you will enjoy it (for crying out loud, the AKG 24′s are like $30 bucks…) The beats are insanely lovely throughout and worth the trip alone. Black Thought can flow, but does lack in the personality department, but once again something we know going in already. Overall, this is better and more focused than the last couple of platters they’ve cosigned.

  • ashelvin

    I had to read about this dumb ass negro that had his little say about The Roots new album which by far is one of there better ones. And to diss J-Dilla who will go down as the most important people to ever bless this thing called HIP-HOP is some ignorant ass shit!! And as I read through all of the entries, I see I am not alone. No wonder I don’t read XXL especially if your dumb ass is workin for them.

  • Cuban Link

    u fucking idiot revewiers on XXL they wanted it to sound dark and confused because the CD is supposed to reflect society of today, which is dark and confused to say the least.I think u mad cuz of False Media, and XXL is media.smh

  • DEREK

    Funny game says he got his name from his grandmother, i have a video clip before his name existed that says a caucasian from the suburbs came up with that name for a “dre protege”. Game has NEVER WRITTEN the hook to a hit record. This f*ckin clown should’nt even be famous. He’s just another bad role model for young black kids. The Doctor’s Advocate got dropped from the Doctor’s label. That’s pretty pothetic

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