This Grammy award-winning, Philadelphia-based collective galvanized the “Hip Hop Band“ genre with a string of critically acclaimed albums, the latest of which, Summer 2004’s “The Tipping Point“ (Geffen), has even further solidified their reputation as both peerless musical innovators.
Shortly before the release of “The Tipping Point“, the Roots recorded a live DVD at historic Webster Hall in New York City with a number of guest artists, including Jean Grae and Mobb Deep. The EV-sponsored event, entitled “The Roots Presents“, was filmed on HD video, and was broadcast on MTV2 in July 2004 in conjunction with the CD release.
The performances featured microphones from across EV’s extensive range, as well as a surround-sound system comprised of EV XLC and X-Line line array loudspeakers and subs, two Midas Heritage 3000 mixing consoles, and Klark Teknik EQs and processing. The main vocal mics were a pair of RE510 condensers - put to task by the dozen or so vocalists who took the mic over the course of the evening. N/D868 kick drum mics also added some serious punchy low-end to The Roots trademark fusion of Hip Hop sensibility and live rock instrumentation - a perfect pairing with EV’s awesome XLC and X-Line subwoofers! A thoroughly EV evening was had by all. Look for the DVD “The Roots Presents“ in Winter 2005.