The Roots ‎– Phrenology

MCA Records ‎– 088 113 078-0
CD, Album
DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC, Limited Edition

Tracklist Hide Credits

CD-1 Phrentrow
Featuring – Ursula Rucker
CD-2 Rock You 3:12
CD-3 !!!!!!! 0:24
CD-4 Sacrifice
Featuring – Nelly Furtado
CD-5 Rolling With Heat
Featuring – Talib Kweli
CD-6 WAOK (AY) Rollcall
Featuring – Ursula Rucker
CD-7 Thought @ Work 4:58
CD-8 The Seed (2.0)
Featuring – Cody ChesnuTT
CD-9 Break You Off
Featuring – Musiq Soulchild*
CD-10 Water 10:24
CD-11 Quills 4:21
CD-12 Pussy Galore 4:29
CD-13 Complexity
Featuring – Jill Scott
CD-14 Something In The Way Of Things (In Town)
Featuring – Amiri Baraka
CD-15 Untitled 0:20
CD-16 Untitled 0:20
CD-17 Untitled (Rhymes And Ammo/Thirsty!)
Featuring – Talib Kweli
CD-18 Untitled 0:07
Limited Edition DVD
DVD-1 Distortion To Static - Classic Video 4:39
DVD-2 Proceed - Classic Video 4:26
DVD-3 The Ultimate - Live Clip MTV2 7:01
DVD-4 Double Trouble - Live Clip MTV2 2:21
DVD-5 Behind The Scenes Bonus Clip 4:34

Companies, etc.


Track 17 is divided into two untitled songs ("Rhymes And Ammo" and "Thirsty!"); tracks 15, 16 and 18 contain silence.

The included DVD contains the videos for "Proceed," directed by Abraham L. Lim, "Distortion to Static," directed by C. Summer Stone III, live performances of "The Ultimate" and "Double Trouble," and "behind the scenes" documentary footage.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0 08811 30780 6
  • Barcode (Scanned): 008811307806
  • Matrix / Runout (CD): 0881129962 9245212955 MFG BY TECHNICOLOR UNIVERSAL MEDIA SERVICES
  • Mastering SID Code (CD): IFPI L771
  • Mould SID Code (CD): IFPI 2A07
  • Matrix / Runout (DVD): A02K0107 BA-0881130549 S0 M2S3
  • Mastering SID Code (DVD): IFPI LL06
  • Mould SID Code (DVD): IFPI KKIL
  • Matrix / Runout (DVD Inner Ring): MADE IN MEXICO

Other Versions (5 of 20) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
088 112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 088 112 996-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-4 The Roots Phrenology (Cass, Album) MCA Records 112 996-4 Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 112 996-2 Mexico 2002 Sell This Version
113 138-0 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album + DVD-V, PAL + Ltd) MCA Records 113 138-0 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
FPBCD 366 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records FPBCD 366 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version



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January 30, 2011
The Roots' most experimental album, Phrenology may not be as consistently brilliant as Illadelph Halflife but is undoubtedly the record where you will find their most creative music. Astonishingly diverse, the tracks encompass everything from smooth R&B (Break You Off), hardcore punk (!!!!!), Techno (untitled), fusion (Something in the Way of Things) and completely off-the-wall avant-garde psychedelia (the second half of Water). Black Thought is on top of his game throughout and Talib Kweli makes a killer guest appearance on Rolling with Heat, so you can rest assured that the spitting is of a high grade. One of the boldest and most rewarding Hip-Hop albums in history and a testament to the ingenuity and vision of The Legendary Roots Crew.