The Roots: 75 Bars (live) + Muxtape

If you haven’t visited the Roots’ page over at, you’re missing some great content. I spent a good hour or so reading, listening, watching all it has to offer, including a bonus song from the international release of Rising Down.

I just got my hands on Rising Down the other day, and so far, it’s everything I’ve come to expect from the Roots – passionate and intense with something to say. I can’t think of a band – hip-hop or otherwise – that is as prolific without losing its edge as the Roots.

To celebrate, I’ve created a Roots-themed Muxtape. I’ve included a favorite song from each of their nine albums, including the 1999 live album The Roots Come Alive.

Remember: The Roots and Erykah Badu visit Mesa Amphitheatre on June 14.

Here’s an AOL sessions performance of the new track 75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction), found at

  • The Roots | 75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction) (AOL sessions)

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