The Best The Roots Songs of All Time!

#25. Kool On – “I’m in the double G, three-piece tux. Screaming dressed to kill. Hope somebody call my bluff. It’s a full house… sipping on a royal flush. Two queens is on my cuffs. Good times is in the cards.”…

#24. Rising Down ft. Mos Def & Styles P – “You know I’m hip to it, and it’s hard to claim the land, When my great-great-great-grands were shipped to it. Look at technology: they call it downloading. I call it downsizing; somebody follow me. Does a computer chip have an astrology. And when it f**k up could it give you an apology?”…

#23. The Fire ft. John Legend – “Yeah, and if I’m ever at the crossroads. And start feeling mixed signals like Morse code. My soul start to grow colder than the North Pole. I try to focus on the hole of where the torch goes. In the tradition of these legendary sports pros. As far as I can see, I’ve made it to the threshold. Lord knows I’ve waited for this a lifetime. And I’m an icon when I let my light shine.”…

#22. Right On – “Yo, I try to get it how I live it. A lot of people counting on me kind of like a digit. It’s a cold world, I’m not fronting like it isn’t. It’s no time for coming up shorter than a midget. Y’all know I’mma raise the bar though like Brigitte. See there a star go, don’t blink, you might miss it.”…

#21. Doin It Again ft. John Legend – “rising up out of the flames like a phoenix. Straining to carry the weight of my brain like a genius. Knowing I’m sowing seeds, let’s see whose thumb is the greenest. If I said “I mean it”, I did it because I need it. Eat, sleep it or bleed it, write it down and then read it. Asphalt to the cement, your trash talk, deleted. I blast off then lay ’em out like a Tempurpedic.”…

#20. Silent Treatment – “Crazy frustration, about my loving situation. When patience was a virtue, but I wasn’t used to waiting. I want some Marvin Gaye healing, feeling is real inside. I slip and slide, my ride’ll keep you occupied.”…

#19. Respond/React – “The attractive assassin, blastin the devil trespassin. Master gettin cash in an orderly fashion. Message to the fake nigga flashin. Slow up Ock, before you get dropped and closed like a caption. Fractional kids don’t know the time for action. Styles got the rhythm that of an Anglo-Saxon. Round of applause, an avalanche of clappin. {*BLOW*} that’s what happen, now what’s your reaction.”…

#18. Ital (The Universal Side) ft. Q-Tip – “I wanna be able to reach an MC, And reach a little child in the same degree. And my elders excel. I mean what the hell. We might as well bridge these gaps. In all before we fall in the fire.”…

#17. The Seed (2.0) ft. Cody Chesnutt – “Knocked up 9 months ago. And what she finna have? She don’t know. She want neo-soul, this hip-hop is old. She don’t want no Rock n’ Roll. She want platinum or ice or gold.”…

#16. Section – “Y’all know the dynasty, the Roots repertoire. The lieutenant from the reservoir, serve the spar. The injurer, predator of a competitor. I send MCs where the paramedics are. At first, I’m like “nah”, I’m nonchalant from afar. Then strike to cut the fake rap star jugular. With irregular balance of the cat burgalar. Known to parlay with Garcia Vega cigars. I know the flavor because me and the thugs minds are mutual. We congruent, lay on the corner with the trauma unit. I’m from the lab where the bomb’s distributed. So never try to duplicate the skills executed.”…

#15. Star/ Pointro – “In Philly, Cincinnati, Los Angeles or Harlem. Kids call theyself killers let they hammers do the talkin. Don’t even know the meaning of life, ain’t seen a thing. And you dream of floodin the scenery with, llello and greenery. But for now, you stickin her with the heavy machinery. Wonder how, you lift it up, be only 17. And like e’rybody he wanna shine, young brothers on the grind. Holdin somethin in they spine, “Bowling for Columbine”.”…

#14. The Leason, Pt. 1 – “For monetary gain, niggas is slain on the train. It’s homicide. For wealth stealth missions for crack. In the alleyways, where niggas get grazed in the back. From stray shots. Clips with hollow tips, for your spine or Either remain calm, catch a rhyme, to your mind.”…

#13. Game Theory – “Voted unlikely to succeed cause my class was full Of naysayers, cheaters and thieves.”…

#12. Double Trouble ft. Mos Def – “Aiyyo I stop fools and drop jewels but never run it. Rock mics so nice I make your stock price plummet. All you high noon riders better rally at the summit. It’s me and Tariq and your fleet outnumbered. Cross the membrane, barking big game and get hunted. Eyewitness account, say it happened so sudden. Just slid off to the side, didn’t really say nuttin. Then BLAOW, blew away the 1900th.”…

#11. Why (What’s Going On?) – “Sky’s the limit so you know I’m gonna rise and shine. I gotta do my thing, I’m kinda getting a little tired of all that’s hidden. That’s the reason I’m a speak my mind, keep from going insane. Now work with it, we in the last innin’. The world keeps spinnin’, my peoples steady losin’ while the rich keep winnin’. It’s like we neva smilin’ and the devil steady grinnin’. Killin’ what we representin’.”…

#10. When People Cheer ft. Modesty Lycan & Greg Porn – “Am I, am I a douche bag or just another doo-rag? Tryin’ get ahead on some brand new-wave shit. For your entertainment money is the language. So every time I speak I’m tryin’ to make another payment. I do ‘em dirty, sleep and get a dirt nap, that works. Til my P.O. ask me where I work at. Think I would learned that sleeping in the bird trap. Living on the run like somebody tryin’ burn fat. I don’t give a fuck, now maybe that’s abstinence. Or the arrogance of someone who ain’t got shit. That think money over bitches is a stock tip.”…

#09. The Next Movement ft. Dj Jazzy Jeff & Jazzyfatnastees – “Yo, one, two, one-two one-two. That’s how we usually start, once again it’s the Thought. The Dalai Lama of the mic, the prime minister Thought. This directed to whoever in listening range. Yo the whole state of things in the world bout to change. Black rain fallin from the sky look strange. The ghetto is red hot, we steppin on flames. Yo, it’s inflation on the price for fame.”…

#08. How I Got Over – “How I got over, where the people come apart. Don’t nobody care about you, only thing you got is God. Out here in these streets, if you get down on your luck. You can stand out, with a hand out but nobody give a fuck. Out here in these streets, every man is for himself. They ain’t helping no one else, it’s a hazard to your health. Living life in these cold streets. Hey, who’s worrying about you, babe? When you wilding out, running around in these streets?”…

#07. What They Do – “Thin is the line that run between love and hatred. The game is ill-natured, it’s nothing sacred. Aiyyo, it’s funny when I see some rap niggas do to make it. A few’ll blow up, or go as far as they can take it. My nine to five, is just to hit ya get the party live. I’m Black Thought, used to rap for sport. Now the rhyme saying rent paying life support. I take it very seriously, within this industry. It’s various crews that try to touch me. But I come with the beautiful things, and I bless the track plushly.”…

#06. Step Into the Relm – “Yo, I walk across this world that’s deceptive. Beats are perfected, the ghetto’s infested. With more destruction, my vocal eruption. Was speaking bout corruption with no introduction. Approach me with caution cause I spark losses. M-Illitant the rap arson, marchin’. Leaving niggas stiff like I’m starchin’, departin’.Hollywood Sambos and jokes just like Martin. I’m the type of nigga that belong in a war. With a mic and a cord, to hold your head with a sword. Self-proclaimed lames, calling theyselves bold. They shall be floored when the claps applaud.”…

#05. Do You Want More?!!!??! – “Well I’m a fly Philly nigga, finger on the trigga. MCs repent from sins, God’s comin again. Original (what?), visionary individual. Original (what?), visionary individual. I proceed, as I give ya whatcha need. Like I’m a medical doctor, watch the damage. I inflict properly, ain’t nobody risin on top of me. I be droppin more plot in my mic monopoly. Got to be, got to be reality, Stevie Wonder see. Black Thought be me, I groove ba-by. Or I clue they say baby. Would you get with this? Not even maybe.”…

#04. Can’t Stop This – “Can’t Stop This, I want my peoples to rock this. Bang this music in your speakers and boxes. Langston Hughes is about as a deep as my thoughts is. Sit back and I’mma paint you a portrait. Disgust can make you think that you’ve lost it. This shit can have you exhausted. Just, picture the planet and imagine it’s yours, kid. Don’t ever let nobody knock you outta your orbit.”…

#03. Proceed – “I be the 5 foot 7, residing at the Mecca, rest address in south section. Used to cut class in the infinite pursuit of ass. Back in eighty-six. Easy with the chicks, I was a chocolate boy. Raised in the cellar with the rhythm like Ella. Walking mega-trife streets to the subway where I lay. Til the train stop, then a nigga hop. Used to do the pop dance to the Planet Rock. At the block party everybody jocked [who me?]. It’s the MC sucka niggas envy. I got my contract in 1993 and I shall proceed.”…

#02. Mellow My Man – “Bust it, La Di Da Di, who likes to party? Like Slick Rick the Ruler I’m cooler than a ice brick. Got soul like those afro picks, with the black fist. And leave a crowd drippin like John the Baptist, it’s The cause of that “Oh shit!”. The skits I kick, flows like catfish. And got many emcees on the blacklist. I’m sharp as a cactus plus, quick to bust gymnastic tactics. Us, Roots is really true to that rap shit. Now holla to the scholarly, street skats that follow me. Back to the Soul Shack with packs of rap colonies.”…

#01. You Got Me ft. Erykah Badu – “That snake could be that chick. And that rat could be that cool cat. That’s whispering, “She trying to play you for the fool, Black.”. If something’s on your chest then let it be known. See, I’m not at you every five minutes all on the phone. And on the topic of trust, it’s just a matter of fact. That people bite back and fracture what’s intact.”…


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