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Throwback Thursdays: On The Road W/ The Roots: Rare 1996 Documentary

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.?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