The Roots' Black Thought breaks down 'Things Fall Apart'

theGRIO REPORT - Today's marks the 15th anniversary of The Roots' Things Fall Apart, their Grammy nominated album that ultimately lost to Eminem in 1999...

Luther Vandross was outed as gay after his death.

Today’s marks the fifteenth anniversary of The Roots’ Things Fall Apart, their Grammy-nominated album which ultimately lost to Eminem in 1999.

During the late ’90s ‘Neo-Soul’ artists like D’Angelo, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu (who sang the hook to The Roots’ signature “You Got Me”) were thriving.

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Needless to say, the band has come along way. They’re currently working on their 11th studio album, & Then You Shoot Your Cousin, while continuing to be the house band for Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.

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The Philly rap band’s lead emcee, Black Thought, sat down with Complex to breakdown the history behind their classic.

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