The Roots are commemorating the 20th anniversary of their 1999 breakthrough album Things Fall Apart with an expanded reissue.
The 3LP collection is set for release on 27 September via Geffen/Urban Legends and includes a remastered version of the album on double vinyl with a third LP of bonus tracks curated by Questlove, a 24-page booklet featuring rare photos, retrospective essays by Black Thought and Questlove and track-by-track liner notes from Questlove.
The 3LP collection will be available on a standard black vinyl, crystal-clear as well as digitally, that includes ‘New Years @ Jay Dee’s’ that’s being available digitally for the first time.
The limited Collector’s Edition features all of the bonus features on crystal-clear vinyl and a die-cut slipcase of the primary cover art plus the four original alternate covers as interchangeable lithographs plus a sixth, brand new bonus cover.
Named after Chinua Achebe’s 1958 masterpiece Things Fall Apart, The Roots’ career-upending album built upon the legendary Philadelphia rap crew’s underground success of their first three albums – Organix, Do You Want More?!!!??! and Illadelph Halflife and earned them the kind of mainstream success that previously eluded them and signalled a sea change in hip-hop.
During this time, the Soulquarians collective descended upon Electric Lady studios in New York, resulting in legendary collaborations and all-star features from Erykah Badu, Common, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), J Dilla, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dice Raw, Eve, Beanie Segal, Jill Scott, Lady B and Ursula Rucker.
“Dilla was too brilliant for you to ever get jealous or for you to feel a certain way,” Questlove told Urban Legends in a previous interview. “He was so brilliant that you knew he was God and you just accepted it.”
Things Fall Apart both helped to legitimise neo-soul but was still gritty enough to appeal to hip-hop fans. Thanks to a pioneering fusion of live instrumentation, sampling, and Black Thought’s provactive wordplay, Things Fall Apart remains one of the most influential albums in hip-hop history.
The album was a critical and commercial success, garnering the group their first Grammy win, platinum-certified status and the No.4 spot on the Billboard 200.
All this acclaim propelled the Roots to the next level, setting them on a course for future success and eventually landing them the house band position on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Things Fall Apart will be available on 27 September and can be pre-ordered here.
Things Fall Apart
A1 Act Won (Things Fall Apart)
A2 Table Of Content (Parts 1 & 2)
A3 The Next Movement
A4 Step Into The Realm
A5 The Spark
B2 Without A Doubt
B3 Ain’t Saying Nothin’ New
B4 Double Trouble
C1 Act Too (The Love Of My Life)
C2 100% Dundee
C3 Diedre Vs. Dice
C5 3rd Acts: ? Vs. Scratch 2…Electric Boogaloo
D1 You Got Me
D2 Don’t See Us
D3 The Return To Innocence Lost
D4 Act Fore… The End?
E1 Table of Contents #3 – cut from album; previously released on The Legendary EP; available for the first time digitally
E2 What You Want – from The Roots Come Alive
E3 Quicksand Millennium – cut from the album, released on Homegrown! Vol. 2 compilation
E4 We Got You (Extended) – extended version of track from The Roots Come Alive
E5 You Got Me (Drum & Bass w/ Jill Scott) – unreleased
F1 You Got Me (Me Tienes Remix) – from “You Got Me” CD single; available for the first time digitally
F2 Act Too (Love of My Life) [Remix] – from Brown Sugar soundtrack; available for the first time digitally
F3 Y’all Know Who – from Homegrown! Vol. 2 compilation
F4 The Lesson – Part III (w/ Jaguar Wright) – from The Roots Come Alive
F5 New Years @ Jay Dee’s – from “You Got Me” CD single; available for the first time digitally