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“You are all about to witness some organic Hip-Hop-Jazz! One-hundred percent groove!”, exhorts The Roots’ mouthpiece Black Thought at the outset of 1994’s Do You Want More. What follows is a remarkable demonstration of instrumental and lyrical virtuosity that finds Black Thought and drummer and arranger ?uestlove leading The Roots through a series of loose, abstracted instrumental grooves and Old School inflected rhymes. They chart a bold course through the history of African American music, embracing the jazzy meanderings of Horace Silver, the tight grooves of the JB’s, the enlightening lyrics of KRS-One, and countless points in between. This music is, at its root, classic Hip-Hop with it’s feet firmly planted in the progressive aesthetic of contemporaries like Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and a host of other boundary pushing rap outfits of the early nineties. The Roots’ subsequent triumphs, such as 1999’s sublime Things Fall Apart, have overshadowed the significant accomplishments of Do You Want More an album that deserves to be considered a Hip-Hop classic.

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The Roots-Do you want more?!!!?!

I am rock and jazz fan. From being exposed to the commercialized superficial hip hop that is popular today like 50 cent and Chamillionare, i have grown to dislike hip hop and to think quite frankly that it blows. I bought this album, trying to give hip hop a second chance, and i am glad that i did. the roots have jazz groove sound to their hip hop. it creates a sensational element to their music, and songs sound genuine and thoughtful as suppose to the mainstream hip hop today that is unbearably shallow and dull. DO YOU WANT MORE?!!!?! strikes me as creatively innovative and clever. I love the classic jazz horns with a hip hop drum beat and the organ synthesizers and jams. I find it interesting in original how many the songs have a free flowing format as suppose to a verse chorus and bridge. I recommended this album to anyone who has a true appreciation for music.

the answer is YES!!!!!!!

this album got me through a lot of hard times. although stetsasonic claims credit for the frist hip hop band. the roots were the first group to make hip hop BOOM BAAP!!! with instruments. an added plus was the fact that even though they appeared to be "pc" hip thought and malik b proved to be some mighty animals on the M-I-C. this is the album that i believe to be their acid jazz phase. upright bass and drums and keyboards. tasty indeed.

Simple Enough

A CD choke-full of alternative hip-hop. I love it. The best part on the CD is the courus for "Distortion to Static." The Roots describe hip-hop as "the thinking man's" music, and we can tell from their CD that they were on to somthing. While there aren't really any stand out singles, the CD in itself is a wonderful must-have.


Formed: 1987 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prolific rap groups, the Roots were also among the most progressive acts in contemporary music, from their 1993 debut through their conceptual 2010s releases. Despite the seemingly archaic practice of functioning as a rap band with several instrumentalists -- from 2007 onward, their lineup even featured a sousaphonist -- they were ceaselessly creative, whether with their own material, or through their varied assortment of collaborations. They went platinum and gold with successive...
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