From @Questlove on the 21st Anniversary of #illadelphhalflife:
"Sept 24, 1996 our 3rd album #illadelfhalflife was released. This was our, “We WILL not be ignored” album.
The day I read that @@@@1/2 review in @thesource I cried in the bathroom of #TheWetlands. The anxiety and relief.
From busking in 92 to trying to get a deal in 93, to fending for ourselves in 94, to praying we don’t drown in 95—but being determined to get that respect—took 3 attempts, but man. The incense and candle crowd of ORGANIX was scratching their heads when #DYWM came out 2 years later sounding a lil more HIP HOP and less Poetry n Jazz.
So imaging everyone’s reaction when we turned our backs on the Do You Want More supporters and churned out a super lyrical assault. We had something to prove and Philly had something to prove.
As I discovered last year, the fire at the Universal vaults in 2006 destroyed our masters, our dats, our half inch mixes, even our videos (Google Universal Fire Vaults—They lost movies/Music/Archives—everything)
I had grand plans to do some crazy deluxe extra songs treats but—*Sigh* 5 songs are missing. SO thank GOD for streaming culture and the deal we struck in 2004.
It’s still up there in its original glory (I’m not mad at the mixes, it still holds up)
*Raises a toast*
To my 3rd kid: I.H. Happy 21st"
May you be inspired to #NeverDoWhatTheyDo Salute this day and share your memories of the third @TheRoots album in the comments below.
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