The Seed (2.0)

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"The Seed (2.0)"
Single by The Roots featuring Cody Chesnutt
from the album Phrenology
Released March 31, 2003[1]
Format CD single
Recorded November 2001
Genre Rock, hip hop, psychedelic soul, roots rock, avant rap
Length 4:27
Label MCA
Writer(s) Cody Chesnutt, Black Thought
Producer(s) The Roots
The Roots featuring Cody Chesnutt singles chronology
"Break You Off"
"The Seed (2.0)"
"Don't Say Nuthin'"

"The Seed (2.0)" is the second single by The Roots from their fifth album Phrenology (2002). The track, which features Cody Chesnutt on the guitar and vocals, is an "uptempo retooling" of his song "The Seed" from the album The Headphone Masterpiece.[2] The song's music video was nominated for the MTV2 Award at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.[3] Jeff Vrabel of Billboard described the track as "a genre-bending mix of rock guitars and Prince-styled keyboards and drums".[4]

Music and reception[edit]

"The Seed (2.0)" is a hybrid mix of "distorted rock, hip-hop and psychedelic soul".[5] 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."[6] The song was favorably received from music critics. Robert Christgau called it the album's "centerpiece", "2002's freshest roots rock track and jammingest avant rap track".[7] Pitchfork Sam Chennault described the song as an "orgiastic garage funk number" and called it the album's "most immediately satisfying track". [8] In 2009, Pitchfork listed it at number 330 in "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s".[9] Stylus Magazine's Brett Berliner declared it the album's "best track" with its "catchy hook that stays with listeners for days".[6] In The A.V. Club's 2002 top fifteen "Songs of the Year", Stephen Thompson listed the single at number nine.[10] Jake Coyle of the Associated Press called it "one of the best rock songs of the decade".[11] It was ranked as the 43rd best song of the decade by Rolling Stone.


Charts (2003)[12] Peak
Danish Singles Chart 2
Dutch Singles Chart 35
Finnish Singles Chart 5
German Singles Chart 67
Swiss Singles Chart 22
UK Singles Chart 33

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Nettleton, Chris. "The Roots: The Seed (2.0)". Drowned in Sound. Accessed November 12, 2008.
  2. ^ "The Seed". Billboard (April 5, 2003). Archived on Accessed November 12, 2008.
  3. ^ "MTV Awards 2003: The winners". BBC News (July 24, 2003). Accessed November 12, 2008.
  4. ^ Vrabel, Jeff (December 9, 2002). "The Roots / Dec. 4, 2002 / House of Blues (Chicago)". Billboard. Accessed November 12, 2008.
  5. ^ Petridis, Alexis (December 6, 2002). "The Roots: Phrenology". The Guardian. Accessed November 13, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Berliner, Brett (September 1, 2003). "The Roots". Stylus Magazine. Accessed November 13, 2008.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 14, 2003). "Escape Claus". The Village Voice. Accessed November 13, 2008.
  8. ^ Chennault, Sam (January 29, 2003). " Phrenology | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Accessed November 13, 2008.
  9. ^ "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 500-201". Pitchfork (August 17, 2009). Accessed August 20, 2009.
  10. ^ Thompson, Stephen (December 11, 2002). "Best Albums of 2002". The A.V. Club. Accessed November 13, 2008.
  11. ^ Coyle, Jake (February 20, 2009). " The Roots Take Over "Late Night"". NBC. Accessed May 27, 2009.
  12. ^ "The Roots and Cody Chesnutt - The Seed (2.0)". Accessed November 12, 2008.

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