The Tipping Point (The Roots album)

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The Tipping Point
The Tipping Point (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 13, 2004
RecordedSeptember 2003 – April 2004
GenreAlternative hip hop, neo soul
ProducerQuestlove, Scott Storch
The Roots chronology
The Tipping Point
Game Theory

The Tipping Point is the sixth studio album by American hip hop band The Roots, released July 13, 2004 on Geffen Records. It is named after Malcolm Gladwell's book of the same name (2000),[1] and it serves as the follow-up to Phrenology (2002).[2][3] The album is a musical departure from their previous work, featuring a more diverse, yet pop-oriented sound, and it contains lyrics associated with rapping-prowess, political insight, and social commentary.[4][5][6][7] The Tipping Point has been noted by music writers for exhibiting and emphasizing soul, jazz, and funk influences as well.[8][9][10][11][12] The song "I Don't Care" was featured on the soundtrack of the game Gran Turismo 4.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[9]
Blender3/5 stars[14]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[15]
Los Angeles Times2/4 stars[16]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[19]
The Village VoiceA−[20]

The album debuted at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 109,000 copies in its first week.[21] Despite mixed criticism towards its production and lyrical substance,[4][8][16][22] The Tipping Point received generally positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 72 out of 100 on Metacritic.[13]

Track listing[edit]

103."Star/Pointro" (featuring Wadud Ahmad)7:36
104."I Don't Care" (featuring Dom)4:02
105."Don't Say Nuthin'"3:35
106."Guns Are Drawn" (featuring Aaron Livingston)5:15
107."Stay Cool" (featuring Martin Luther)3:34
109."Boom!" (featuring Dice Raw)2:57
110."Somebody's Gotta Do It" (featuring Devin The Dude, Jean Grae & Mack Dub)4:08
111."Duck Down!" (featuring Dom)3:56
112."Why (What's Goin' On?)" (featuring Latif) / "In Love with the Mic" (featuring Dave Chappelle, Skillz & Truck North) (hidden track) / "Din Da Da" (hidden track)16:22
Sample credits


The Roots


Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard 200[23] 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[24] 2


  1. ^ DeRogatis, Jim. "Review: The Tipping Point". Chicago Sun-Times: 7. July 11, 2004. Archived from the original on 2009-10-05.
  2. ^ Gill, Andy. Review: The Tipping Point. The Independent. Retrieved on 2009-10-05.
  3. ^ Frosch, Dan. "Review: The Tipping Point". Vibe: August 2004.
  4. ^ a b c Wolk, Douglas (July 12, 2004). "The Roots: The Tipping Point". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 10, 2007. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 702–03. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ Rabin, Nathan (July 20, 2004). "The Roots: The Tipping Point". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  7. ^ a b Ryan, Chris (August 2004). "Sowing the Seed". Spin. 20 (8): 101–102. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  8. ^ a b Bieritz, Erick. Review: The Tipping Point. Stylus Magazine. Retrieved on 2009-12-05.
  9. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "The Tipping Point – The Roots". AllMusic. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  10. ^ Columnist. Review: The Tipping Point. IGN. Retrieved on 2009-10-05.
  11. ^ Pareles, Jon. Review: The Tipping Point. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-10-05.
  12. ^ Empire, Kitty. Review: The Tipping Point. The Observer. Retrieved on 2009-10-05.
  13. ^ a b "Reviews for The Tipping Point by The Roots". Metacritic. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  14. ^ Rosen, Jody (August 2004). "The Roots: The Tipping Point". Blender (28): 134. Archived from the original on May 4, 2006. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  15. ^ Fiore, Raymond (July 16, 2004). "The Tipping Point". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  16. ^ a b Baker, Soren (July 11, 2004). "This diet of Roots fails to nourish". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  17. ^ "The Roots: The Tipping Point". NME: 41. July 31, 2004.
  18. ^ Sylvester, Nick (July 14, 2004). "The Roots: The Tipping Point". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  19. ^ Henderson, Alex (July 12, 2004). "The Roots: The Tipping Point". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  20. ^ Christgau, Robert (August 3, 2004). "Looking Past Differences". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  21. ^ Gelder, Laurence Van. Arts Briefing: Thursday, July 22, 2004. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-12-05.
  22. ^ Wang, Oliver. Review: The Tipping Point. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-10-05.
  23. ^ "The Roots Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  24. ^ "The Roots Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2013.


  • Nathan Brackett, Christian Hoard (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide: Completely Revised and Updated 4th Edition. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.

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