Early in 1996, the Roots released Clones, the trailer single for their second album. It hit the rap Top Five, and created a good buzz for the album. On September 24th, Illadelph Halflife was released and made number 21 on the album charts. It made several very small concessions to mainstream rap — the band members sampled material that they had recorded earlier at jam sessions — which resulted in unique sound. Read more about The Roots here.
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Author: Sophia Lewis