Illadelph opens with the proclamation, "Coming from a hip-hop standpoint, there are no boundaries," and it is more than a homeboy boast; it is the Roots' manifesto. The group covers the state of urban America, while the music swings from the ethereal "Hypnotic" to the rock-opera stylin' of "Concerto of the Desperado." "Clones" is a funky, percussion-driven attack on wack rappers. "What They Do," a sweet, hypnotic cut, features background vocals by Tony Toni Toné's Raphael Saadiq. Indeed, the Roots are a musical magnet: Illadelph also showcases the skills of rappers Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Common Sense, Philly's own Bahamadia and Grammy nominee D'Angelo. Jazz luminaries on the record include vocalist Cassandra Wilson and the saxophonists Steve Coleman and David Murray.
On Illadelph Halflife, the Roots are not afraid to take rap to places it's never been. Hip-hop manifested for the new millennium, the Roots are spontaneous, innovative and all the way live.
(Posted: Oct 24, 1996)
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Intro (track not available in Rhapsody)
- It Just Don't Stop
- Push Up Ya Lighter
- What They Do
- ? Vs. Scratch (The Token DJ Cut)
Concerto Of The Desperado (track not available in Rhapsody)
Clones (track not available in Rhapsody)
- Universe At War
- No Alibi
- Dave Vs. US
- No Great Pretender
- The Hypnotic
- Ital (The Universal Side)
- One Shine
- The Adventures In Wonderland
Outro (track not available in Rhapsody)