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“The Seed (2.0)” – The Roots feat. Cody ChesnuTT

Today’s song is a classic, genre-bending jam from The Roots, a fantastic example of why they’re often referred to as The Legendary Roots Crew. The Roots were formed by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson way back in 1987 in Philadelphia. Since their start they’ve added members, released 10 studio albums, wowed fans with their epic live shows, won Grammy’s, and changed hip hop and the world forever. I love this band. As do a lot of other people, evidenced by this hilarious tribute the people over at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon put together.

“The Seed (2.0)” is off of The Roots fifth studio album, Phrenology, released in 2002. The album is named for the hopefully extinct 19th century practice of determining individual’s character traits and intelligence from corresponding lumps and ridges on their skull. Unfortunately, it was also used to rationalize racism and slavery, which I’m pretty sure is why The Roots decided to thumb their collective nose at it. Interestingly enough, this song did spark a widespread resurgence of head bumping that has lasted to this day. BOOM! Antiquated pseudoscience joke. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Anyway, I strongly suggest you stop reading this and click play if you haven’t already. Enjoy.

Lyrics here.

More about The Roots here.