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The Roots

'Point' Taken

RootsOn its sixth studio set, "The Tipping Point," Philadelphia-based quartet the Roots -- drummer ?uestlove, MC Black Thought, keyboardist Kamal and bassist Leonard Hubbard-- returns to hip-hop basics. An homage to Big Daddy Kane and Kool G. Rap, "Boom" finds Black Thought deftly imitating both MCs. He also takes center stage on lead single "Don't Say Nuthin."

Other highlights include the melodic "Star" and "I Don't Care" (featuring Dom). Among the disc's hidden gems is "Din Da Da," which uses George Kranz's early-'80s club smash, "Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa)," as a base for ?uestlove to stretch out on the skins.

Thompson describes "The Tipping Point" as the "sum of our six records and our 12 years as a band. Most of our album titles are chosen to reflect on the mood of where the group is and we feel as though this album is our biggest step." The new set is the follow-up to 2002's "Phrenology," which debuted at No. 28 on The Billboard 200.