"The Seed (2.0)" is a hybrid mix of "distorted rock, hip-hop and psychedelic soul". Brett Berliner of Stylus Magazine called the track "a rock song, featuring a little bit of funk and just a very little bit of hip-hop." The song was favorably received from music critics. Robert Christgau called it the album's "centerpiece" and "jammingest avant rap track".Pitchfork Media editor Sam Chennault described the song as an "orgiastic garage funk number" and called it the album's "most immediately satisfying track". In 2009, Pitchfork Media listed it at number 330 in "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s".Stylus Magazine's Brett Berliner declared it the album's "best track" with its "catchy hook that stays with listeners for days". In The A.V. Club's 2002 top fifteen "Songs of the Year", Stephen Thompson listed the single at number nine. Jake Coyle of the Associated Press called it "one of the best rock songs of the decade".