The Roots is basically the Rolling Stones of hip hop b.
Sometime in 2003 I predicted in conversation with my friend Angela that either the Beastie Boys or the Roots would enjoy long careers as the Grateful Dead of hip hop… basically that they would tour forever, coming out with new but not earth-shattering records every few years. Their music would stay great and fresh enough to keep the interest of older fans while evolving to attract younger ones. I still love the Beasties, but because of health problems and other projects they've just been less prolific than the Roots. And there's nothing wrong with that, they could actually still take five or six more years off and come back as the Rolling Stones of hip hop. That title is vacant because the Roots are officially the Grateful Dead of hip hop, until we revisit the topic in nine years.
1 Finn recommends I clarify that this is not really Ghostface Killah's blog.