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How The Roots Get Over; “Dear God 2.0”


*Live-Band Beatmaking* at It’s Best

By Amir Said (Sa’id)

Sometimes, stripping it down to the funkiest, tightest, hardcore groove is the answer. And The Roots have long understood this very notion. Aside from The Roots (and perhaps Rage Against the Machine), I haven’t been a big fan of the *live-band hip hop/rap* aesthetic. But I have always favored The Roots.

The Roots don’t as much as try to offer an alternative interpretation of hip hop/rap music’s base compositional tradition as they do pay homage to it. Over the balance of all of their material, they have steadfastly maintained a strong connection to the rhythmic and sonic nuances of hip hop/rap music, just as much as they have sought to shine lights on the various directions hip hop/rap music can take. Absolutely dope…

And I should also add that their visuals always push the thought button; as evidenced by their latest music video.

For educational purposes…

The Roots – “Dear God 2.0,” from their upcoming album, How I Got Over

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About Author

Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual