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The Roots’ Fifth Album ‘Phrenology’ Turns 20

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The iconic Hip-Hop band The Roots released their fifth studio album Phrenology 20 years ago today. Released on November 26th 2002, the sixteen-track effort featured guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Amiri Baraka, Jill Scott, Cody CheshnuTT, Ursula Rucker, Nelly Furtado and more.

Phrenology is considered a Hip-Hop classic by many and served as the follow-up to Things Fall Apart. Notably, the album was produced by DJ Scratch, The Grand Wizzards, Kamal Gray, Tahir Jamal, Omar the Scholar, Questlove, Karreem Riggins, Scott Storch and Zoukhan Bey.

Stream ‘Phrenology’ by The Roots below via Spotify.

The Roots is one of the highly influential Hip-Hop acts globally. Founded by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson in 1987, the group is best known for their appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.