Jaws dropped when Philly MC Dice Raw first surfaced midway through the Roots' Do You Want More?!!???! album. His brief freestyles on tracks like Proceed were serious rewind material. Reclaiming The Dead, though, is further proof that what's good in small doses does not necessarily deserve the full treatment.
In fact, it's hard to imagine what a smart crew like the Roots ever saw in Dice Raw. Shouting angrily about prison, gun battles and moving hangarfuls of weed is the stuff that the Philly group usually mocks, and while Dice might kill on a 30-second cameo, he simply doesn't have the talent to keep it together for an entire four-minute song or a 50-minute album. It's telling that although Reclaiming The Dead is released on their own Motive label, the Roots steer well clear of this disaster.