The Roots- Illadelph Halflife (1996)

The Roots personify 1990’s music, the whole intense focus and seriousness and political themes, the underground cult scene that they emerged from, all of them are examples of the greatness of that era’s music.
The Roots aren’t gangsta rap and they don’t enspouse the whole bling factor that makes so much of the hip-hop world look like tribesmen with glass beads.
While I am not “into” rap anymore I still appreciate it as music, and just as metal has plenty of horrible bands there are many, many crap groups that should never have been amplified much less recorded.
The Roots are another one of those groups that is a must for any respectable music library.