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?uestlove (drums) and Hubb (bass) performing live with The Roots ca. 1996

The redoubtable FunkIt blog recently posted this rare “Music Makers” documentary on The Roots, produced back in 1996 for National Public Radio. A pretty incredible snapshot of that moment in musical time, and a reminder of just how revolutionary the now-legendary’s fusion of hip-hop and live jazz improvisation was–how integral to the rap’s ongoing evolution. Stream a serious chunk of it below (got to love any soundcloud set with a track titled simply “Rich Nichols”) and then hit the link at bottom to download the whole thing via FI (full tracklist after the jump). And if you’re minddust is already blown out by these throwback photos of youthful Tariq, Hubb & Ahmir, see more amazing flicks courtesy of  Yameen Music. Yaddamean?

>>>Download (via FunkIt)

Disc One:
1. Music Makers Introduction
2. Hip Hop 101 Introduction
3. Geffen signs The Roots
4. Harry Allen on Hip Hop
5. Hip Hop in America
6. The Roots have extended Hip Hop
7. Silent Treatment Script
8. The Roots and Geffen
9. Tower Records Philly
10. Wendy Goldstein on The Roots
11. About Ahmir
12. About Tariq
13. The Roots at Irving Plaza
14. Richard Nichols
15. About Hum
16. Joe Simmons in the Studio
17. Introducing Rahzel
18. Ahmir has concerns about Geffen
19. The Roots meet Geffen West
20. The Roots on the Jon Stewart Show
21. The Roots meet Robert Smith
22. The Roots and Genius
23. Heatseekers
24. Adidas Celebrity Store
25. Back On The Van
26. Promotional Consultants / Van drivers?
27. The Power of The Roots Show
28. Selwyn Hinds on Hip Hop
29. Public Enemy
30. Back at the Hotel
31. Jamaica House
32. Hip Hop 101 credits

Disc Two:
1. Music Makers Introduction
2. The Roots and Geffen Records
3. The Roots on the Bakka Boys Show
4. Notorious B.I.G.
5. The Roots in West Hollywood
6. Rahzel’s Roots
7. Rahzel Does P.E.
8. Distributor Luncheon
9. Nuo Smith on America
10. About the Silent Treatment Video
11. Soundcheck Problems
12. Meeting with Frank Sacramento
13. Soundcheck Static
14. Soundcheck Groove
15. Dinner at Acapulco’s
16. Shannita Williams on Biz Markie
17. Geffen on The Roots
18. The Roots at Luna Park
19. Silent Treatment
20. Wendy Goldstein on Music Videos
21. The Business
22. The Ghetto Joni Mitchell
23. Modern Day Sharecroppers
24. The Roots in San Francisco
25. Hotel or Motel?
26. The Roots at Bimbo’s
27. About Black Thought
28. Hip Hop Road Life
29. Sprite Commercial
30. The Roots remain an enigma
31. Hip Hop 101 Credits

Comments

  • Mesha

    This is amazing. Thank you so very much!

  • Greg

    I second that its amazing yes thank you once again okayplayer my fave website ever :-)

  • Ricky Two Feet

    LOVEEEEEEEEEE

  • K Samson

    The introduction and conclusion tracks of Illadelph Halflife are snippers of this interview…Nice…

  • http://dssence.net D.Scott

    Wow, they took it back. Dope, Yameen?

  • Rashad

    Harry Allen’s parting words are prophetic and brilliant